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JOHN ANDERSON: John Anderson.

BRYAN DAWE: John Anderson, that's right.

And what do you do?

JOHN ANDERSON: I'm the Deputy PM.

BRYAN DAWE: That's right.


I don't get out as much perhaps as I should.

But you're?


JOHN ANDERSON: Bryan, yeah.

BRYAN DAWE: Mr Anderson, how do you think the campaign's going?

JOHN ANDERSON: It's going very well at this stage, Bryan.

We're very happy with the way the campaign's going.

BRYAN DAWE: Interesting campaign, isn't it?

JOHN ANDERSON: Extraordinarily interesting campaign, Bryan, yes.

We had the Prime Minister up the other day.

BRYAN DAWE: This is in the country clothing?

JOHN ANDERSON: Yeah, the tweed jacket.

BRYAN DAWE: And the flat hat?

JOHN ANDERSON: Moleskin strides, yes, he almost looks as if he's interested in rural issues.

BRYAN DAWE: Is he popular up there?

JOHN ANDERSON: He's extraordinarily popular in the country, Bryan, yes.

BRYAN DAWE: Is it going to be close, this election, do you think?

JOHN ANDERSON: I think it is close.

You know, I wouldn't throw away your tickets yet.

I think it's anybody's race, Bryan.

It will be nip and tuck, this one.

BRYAN DAWE: What have been the highlights for you?

JOHN ANDERSON: Well, I've announced an awful lot of funding for roads.

BRYAN DAWE: You do a lot of that, don't you?

JOHN ANDERSON: Well, I do it whenever I possibly can, Bryan.

It's a wonderful thing to do.

I flatter myself, I do it fairly well and I do it as often as I can.

BRYAN DAWE: But why do you get to do it?

JOHN ANDERSON: Well, we're the National Party, Bryan, we're interested in issues -- you know, the
bush, we're very interested in rural Australia.

BRYAN DAWE: Which way did you vote on Telstra personally?

JOHN ANDERSON: Can I say on the subject of Telstra, Bryan, Telstra's going extraordinarily well.

BRYAN DAWE: It's going very well in my area.


That's good.

What's your area, Bryan?

BRYAN DAWE: Well, I'm in the 1 per cent of the country which doesn't get coverage.

JOHN ANDERSON: It's going well there, is it?

BRYAN DAWE (Sarcastically): Extraordinarily well.

JOHN ANDERSON: Good, I'll make a note of that, Bryan.

Thank you very much.

BRYAN DAWE: So do you think you'll be making other policy announcements in the run-up to the

JOHN ANDERSON: There may be further roading funding required, Bryan, We don't know at this stage.

BRYAN DAWE: There's not a lot left to announce, really, is there?

JOHN ANDERSON: For us it is mostly roading, frankly, Bryan.

I'll be honest with you, yes.

BRYAN DAWE: And when do you actually announce money for roads?

What period?

JOHN ANDERSON: Well, this is typical.

It's often in that vital build-up period to an election.

I think people are perhaps more amenable to information about road funding.

BRYAN DAWE: I imagine the announcements are more effective around that time?

JOHN ANDERSON: We have certainly found that, Bryan, yes.

I don't know why.

BRYAN DAWE: Do you think it's because the people are sort of thinking more about roads at this time
or what is it?

JOHN ANDERSON: That's a very insightful question, Bryan.

I've often wondered the same.

It may well be because, of course, a lot of people are going to have to go along a road in order to
cast their vote in the final raffle.

BRYAN DAWE: Didn't you forget to announce some money for roads once?

JOHN ANDERSON: I did forget to announce some roading policy at one stage, Bryan, yes.

BRYAN DAWE: I mean, you had a lot on at the time.

JOHN ANDERSON: I had a fair bit on, yes, and I'd simply left stuff in my other trousers and it
wasn't there.

Not that the money wasn't ultimately spent on roads.

BRYAN DAWE: It just didn't go on roads until later.

JOHN ANDERSON: Yes, it didn't go on roads until roads were much more expensive.

BRYAN DAWE: Why isn't this money spent on roads outside the election period?

JOHN ANDERSON: A lot of it is, Bryan.

Repairs are obviously done all the time.

BRYAN DAWE: But Mr Anderson, $500 million on repairs?

JOHN ANDERSON: No, it's a fair point, Bryan and I'll take it on board.

I'll ask the Prime Minister that.

BRYAN DAWE: Why ask the Prime Minister?

JOHN ANDERSON: Well, he's the person in charge of elections and -- BRYAN DAWE: Well, that's my
question, anyway.

JOHN ANDERSON: No, I understand your question, Bryan.

BRYAN DAWE: Why it's only at election time all this money -- JOHN ANDERSON: Yep.

No, I understand your question, Bryan.

BRYAN DAWE: Do you think you'll be able to get an answer?

JOHN ANDERSON: Not a hope in hell, Bryan, but I certainly understand your question.