ANTHONY ALBANESE – TRANSCRIPT – RADIO INTERVIEW – STAR 102.7 CAIRNS WITH DAVE AND INKIE – MONDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2021
ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER
STAR 102.7 CAIRNS WITH DAVE AND INKIE
MONDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2021
SUBJECTS: Visit to Cairns; Cairns tourism industry; Regional Jobs Taskforce; JobKeeper; COVID-19 affecting tourism sector.
DAVE, HOST: Good morning, Dave and Inkie for breakfast on a Monday. Look who’s just walked in the studio, Leader of the Opposition, Mr Anthony Albanese. Good morning, Albo.
ANTHONY ALBANESE, LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY: Just passing. Thought I would drop in.
DAVE: We love when you just drop in. What brings you to Cairns?
ALBANESE: Well, I’m launching a Regional Jobs Taskforce today, talking about the need to get jobs going after the pandemic. And I’ve been meeting with the tourism sector who are doing it really tough. They really do need an extension of JobKeeper here for the tourism sector.
DAVE: And you’re obviously in favour of extending JobKeeper, which, I think, ends in March?
ALBANESE: It ends in March. And it just drops off a cliff. And all the conditions are still there for why JobKeeper was important. The revenue is down. I met with the tourism operators yesterday and we walked out on the jetty. You can see the tourist boats still there all on the jetty. And a few years ago, I’ve been to Cairns many times and had the privilege of going out on the reef, of course, many times as well. It was quite sad to see them there. That is basically jobs sitting there not moving.
DAVE: And as well with Port Douglas, there are still a lot of places that aren’t open at the moment up there. And we do know, obviously, the big tour operators are struggling at the moment. So, I mean, it would be great if we could extend JobKeeper here in Far North Queensland for our tourism industry.
INKIE, HOST: Absolutely. I do love that you’ve come basically on the hottest weekend that we’ve had for a very long time.
ALBANESE: I’m claiming credit. Skyrail yesterday, we were up there. It was quite cool when you’re under the canopy. But when you’re out and about it can get a bit warm.
INKIE: Especially coming from Canberra. What is Canberra at these days?
ALBANESE: Canberra was pretty cold last week. It was wet. Although, of course, when you stuck in Parliament House, the temperature is the same. People ask you, ‘What’s it like outside?’ I don’t know.
DAVE: You’ve been stuck inside for six days.
ALBANESE: I don’t know.
DAVE: Well, Albo, I know you got to keep moving. Thanks very much for popping in and having a quick yarn with us here on Star.
ALBANESE: Cheers. Good to chat.