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(generated from captions) do that. Thank you, Keith. basically. Okay. Let's hope we can

of politics - Let's bring in our big guns Anthony Albanese, Leader of Government Business and Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey. Good morning. Anthony, what's your reaction?

Incidents like these ones, we have

seen two this week, do they have any

bearing on our commitment? Look,

this is indeed a tragedy. These

people have given their lives,

serving the nation. But the

Government remains committed to our

position on Afghanistan. It is Government remains committed to our

critical, given the, this area is

playing a role in terms of support

for international terrorism, that we

continue to be part of the operation

had there, that is about making the continue to be part of the operation

world a safer place. Joe? What is

the opposition think? Should we stay

there? Well, we can't walk away from

the fight. We can't give up on this

one, Kochie, it is just too

important for Australia. There are

too many Australians that have

at the hands of terrorists over the too many Australians that have died

last few years. We strongly support engagement in Afghanistan, it is an

ongoing war. It is going to be damn

hard. But we can fight the war over

there or have the war foughten our

own shores. Quite frankly, we will

continue to have to fight over

there. Gentleman, I want to ask you

about the alcopops tax, proven to be

a fizzer after its defeat in the

senate. What happens now to the $

senate. What happens now to the $300

million in tax that has been

collected in the past year. The

government says it has got to hand

the money back to the alcohol

industry. The distillers done want

the money back. They say if they do,

they will put it towards alcohol

education. The opposition wants

legislation am trodeuced so the

government can put it towards

binge-drinking rehabilitation

programs. We have got a question for

Louise, she e-mailed the soapbox saying:

That seems to be the consensus. Why

are you going toforce the

are you going toforce the alcohol

industry to take the money back? Of

course, for the distiller this

course, for the distiller this is a

huge con job. They are saying we

don't want the $

don't want the $300 million but we

want the $

want the $600 million tax break.

What the legislation did was close a

loop hole that was introduced aict

years ago to when

years ago to when mixed with

softdrink is cheaper than the

alcohol, were it to be sold alone.

That tax break is worth some $1. That tax break is worth some $

That tax break is worth some $1.6

billion. We are committed still to

closing it. It is just a huge boom

for the alcopops industry. I can't

understand the opposition's position

on this. At the same time, as their

are complaining about us giving $

are complaining about us giving $900

to pensioners and carers. They have

handed back $

handed back $1.

handed back $1.6 billion to the

alcohol industry. That is dead

wrong. Fistly, it was meant to be a helt mesh taor

helt mesh taor tkraes binge drinks.

Now you are saying on TV it is about

addressing a tax anomaly. It only

forced kids to go and buy a full

bottle alcohol. It is what they

ended up doing. The evidence is not

the case. There is huge moupt of the case. There is huge moupt

evidence. The second point they say

give back the money to industry. We

say the money should be in an

alcohol-education fund. We are

treating this the same way as alcohol-education fund. We are

we were in government and there was treating this the same way as when

an extra collection of tax on beer

and the Labor Party said, put it

into an alcohol education fund, as a

government we did. So I just say to

the guys, stop playing politics.

Stop playing politics? Give it to

the educators and let's get on with

it. Unbelievable position. I am

stunned at both the opposition and

family xb first position. This makes

alcopops, targeted towards teenage alcopops, targeted towards teenage

girls in particular, cheaper. The

biggest consumers are the bundy and

Rum consumers, blokes aged between

25 and 40. Blat rats. The marbting

of these drinks is aimed --

marketing of these drinks is aimed

at young women, it is young people

in particular who have an issue with

binge drinking. This is, we are not

here arguing for any special treatment

arguing for any special treatment

here. What we were simply saying is

the special treatment for

should be taken away. That simple. the special treatment for alcopops

As a health measure. Okay, let's

move on. Going to agree to disagree

there. Hopefully, whenever way it

goes through it will end up sort of

trying to overcome binge drinking goes through it will end up sort of

trying to overcome binge drinking and education programs.

and education programs. Hear, hear.

It is the national shame at the

moment of this country. Yes. Guys,

want taget your view on

Queenslanders going to the poll

tomorrow in the closest run election

in years. We did invite Anna Bligh and and spring in years. We did invite Anna Bligh

Lawrence Springborg to a debate.

They both declined. They wanted to

come on separately and push the same

old spin. A lot of media

has been taken up by Pauline Hanson old spin. A lot of media attention has been taken up by Pauline Hanson and

and Warwick Capper. Has it

frustrated Anna Bligh's campaign.

The whole Pauline Hanson thing from

a distance is what people in Sydney

and Canberra have focused on in the

last week. It seems to be most of

the reporting. But this is about a

stable administration if Queensland stable administration if Queensland that

that supporting jobs that is doing

more for infrastructure spending that supporting jobs that is doing

than any other State Government in

the country. I think Anna

the country. I think Anna deserves to be the first woman elected in her

own right, as a premier in the

country tomorrow. Wow, she didn't

need to come on. Joe, Lawrence

Springborg... I should declare an

interest. She is a friend of mine.

She is a terrific, strong woman. Who

would have thought? Lawrence

Springborg has been defeated at two

previous elections. We were speaking

to a political expert who thinks

could be his turn. Third time lucky? to a political expert who thinks it

I just don't know, Queensland is a

huge state. It has got a very big

country vote. Brisbane is

instrumental in the owcome. I

Lawrence Springborg if the first instrumental in the owcome. I met

time during the election and I was

really impressed. He is a really

really impressed. He is a really nice guy, actually. Got very strong

views. Is he a mate too? He dozen

spin. He doesn't go on. He is a fair

dinkum sort of guy. I like those

sorts of people and he

sorts of people and he would be a

damn good premier of Queensland at

the right time. If this is his third

time running federal and state

conservative parties are close if

you just met him after 20 years. It

is an unholy, unstabile alliance.

They have been fighting for decades.

I am being fair dinkum. I haven't

had a cause to meet him over the

years. I met him when he

years. I met him when he I came up

and launched his campaign in

Warwick. I like the guy. Immediate

impression, a strong character, good

family man, good values. It is hot

you want in a leader. You both put

the cases very eloquently for both

of them. Do you want me to put a

case for Anna Bligh? I am hanier to

do that. It is a lot easier than the

case for Lawrence Springborg. See