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(generated from captions) to a brighter and more prosperous future this centre shows that this government has a commitment to ensuring that our scientists and researchers have the very best kit this country can afford. And in and
return, we ask of our scientist and our researchers to work with us to help us rebuild this country, to prepare for the future, to prepare the jobs for the future. And that's exactly what's going on. And today we're announcing new measures to see that that happens. This is what we say is about blue-collar meeting white coat. This is an opportunity here for us to be able to build on the strengths of this country, its intellectual firepower, to have the very best researchers in the world come and study here, ensure we use the best gimt this country can afford and then build the jobs for the future. Medical instruments is one of those areas. 19,000 people currently employed in these industries. We think this is an area in which we can grow substantially, 300 billion dollars worth of business out there in the world and we want a cut of it. We want to ensure that the very best is able to be produced here in Australia so that people buy Australian at home and abroad. This facility highlights what can be done. We bring the very best of our different decisions, together to be able to get the very best together with the universities to be talent this country has mobilise it talent this country has and for the future. for the Minister, you mentioned that the opposition is still continuing not to hide its cuts. I can tell you where 1 billion of those cut also come from, because they've indicated that they would wish to rematch the underpinnings of programs such as this, rematch the precincts program. $1 billion jobs plan would go out the window under Mr Abbott. Furthermore Enterprise Connect which is a very, very important instrument. $150 million program which helps sustain up to 25,000 businesses in this also
country at this time, would also go. There's just one example of what cuts would mean if we adopted the Kennett-style approach to government in think
Australia. I'm delighted and I think it's entirely fitting these announcements should happen in this electorate. We have a vision for Bennelong as the Silicon Valley of Australia, as a hub of innovation, economic growth and local jobs. We're holding an event here at Macquarie uni on 28 August where we're bringing best minds together to come up with a strategy to deliver that vision.There is a whole bunch of really bright people out here. So when it comes to building a Silicon Valley in Australia, I believe you are starting with the absolute you ruled
right ingredients. On the GST, you ruled that out of the Henry Tax Review. Negative gearing wasn't ruled out. Do you have a secret agenda to scrap negative xweerg?No. What about death taxes?PEFO is coming out tomorrow. Do you expect that the numbers in PEFO will be very different to the very different to the numbers released in the economic statement a released in statement a few weeks ago. And also, when - you've obviously got policy costings as well. When are we going to see your policy costings and that will do for a start.(Laughter) Well, I like a level playing field, Sid. That's good. You saw with the economic statement a week or so ago, a clear statement involving lots of hard decisions on how we return the budget to surplus over time. Some of these have been controversial and some unpopular but we believe in taking those hard decisions. For the future as we release further policies, you should assume that there will be a full reconciliation of the costings on the way through, but we start with a very transparent position about how we intend to return the budget to surplus over time without engaging in a massive $70 billion set of cuts. 24 hours from PEFO, we need to level with the Australian people about where the $70 billion cut also come. I think that's the tertiary
right and fair way.The tertiary staff union is using money to help fund candidates in in electorate because they're angry about tertiary education funding cuts. One thing I just say before I turn to Kim to help answer this question is when I look across Australia, I mentioned this in the debate last night, one of the things I'm very proud of is we now have 190,000 more kids in university across Australia than we did when we first came to office. That's a huge investment and when we've uncapped university places we've accompanied that with a parallel strong investment with universities.Can I just say to you, we have record levels of science and research investment in this country by the Australian Government. Record levels of investment in higher education for undergraduate programs. A university such as this on average would increase its funding in terms of direct funding to the university by 50%. We've got 190,000 extra places in the system. So in terms of our record of achievement, I think it stands second to none in the history of the Commonwealth of Australia. If the national tertiary Education Union wants to vote for the Greens, that's this their position but they'll never form a they'll just form a protest movement. never form a government,
they'll just movement. We're in the business of forming a government and reforming the reforming the agenda in this country. Twosome Mallee asylum seekers have been found making their way from PNG to Australia. Are Campbell Newman's fears being realised.I will allow the Immigration Minister to answer those questions a bit later in the day in detail on the ones that you raise. But broadly, when we launch the regional resettlement arrangement, what's fundamental here is a clear-cut message to people smugglers and those who draw upon their services, which is if you seek to bring people to Australia by boat, they will not be allowed to be settled in Australia. That's why we have entered into an agreement with Papua New Guinea for people to be assessed and settled there if they're proven to be migrants. If they're proven to be bona fide refugees. I always said there's always going to be bumps in the road in the implementation. I said that upfront. But I also note based on the most recent data that in the month or so since we've had this policy being implemented, I'm adviseed that the number of boat arrivals is down by about 30%. So I think we take this one step at a time. Understanding that this is a challenge which will face any government of Australia. I believe we put the right policy of bringing your notes along to the forward. But you made a the press conference today, but do you acknowledge at all that you did make a mistake last night by taking notes to the lectern? And that that is seen by some people as a breach of trust?Um ... I think what's fair to say is that if someone had said to me that it was not proper to take notes along to a debate, then sure, that's fine . I was in receipt of no such advice. It would be rather odd if you went to a platform watched by several millions of people thinking you could do something on the sly. You can't. So I acted in good faith. I think everyone would accept that. I seem to remember when I debated Mr Howard in 2007, I had notes with me then. I think most times I stand before you folks I carry notes with me. There's a reason for that. I prefer to be as accurate as I can and so when people present data like they did last night about how terrible Labor productivity is under the Fair Work Act then what I can say actually if you look at the data about productivity under the Fair Work Act versus WorkChoices it's better rather than worse. The other thing is there is a limit to how much you can scribble down on the palm of your hand, you there is a limit of how many of Mr Abbott's three word slogans to remember them all. You do need notes ... Talking about future measures in science . Your candidate for Perth has said that Australia should look at nuclear power as a future option. Is that something that you woulder? A second question, is the Victorian right of the ALP at war and are you confident that your candidate or most likely candidate Claire O'Neill, that no dirt will emerge against her?First thing to say that everybody in the Labor Party is free to put their views on the question of Australia's energy mix. I could tell what you the Australian Government's policy is. And it does not involve nuclear power. On the question of Victorian preselections, this is a matter which will be dealt with by the National Executive of the Australian Labor Party. And I'm sure, as is usual, these will be the subject of robust discussions and debate about who's the most appropriate person. What I would say is that when it comes to the good folk of Victoria and the good folk who reside in the seat of Hotham, we want to be able to put the best candidate forward. I have never known anyone nominated for political office who has not had some things thrown at them, which then subsequently prove to be completely false. That's why you have to be very cautious about these things on the way through. Today's Newspoll, it's probably the fourth or fifth survey which shows that Labor is behind and your personal approval is slipping. Is the honeymoon over?We're the underdog. Nothing has changed. If you look at these polls, 48, 49, 50, depending on the day and the poll, I think the key thing is this: the Australian people will be the good judges of who should be country.
the Prime Minister of the country. When we get to September 7, there's about a month to go in this election campaign. I'm a positive sort of guy, with a positive set of plans for the country's future. And I'm not fazed by any of this. I've been around bit, mate. I've been round a bit, mate. I've been round for
a few to put our best fat forward. But just contrast on the way through, we've put forward how through, we've we intend to Australia for the we intend Australia for the future. It's
very Australia for very plain. We believe in diversifying the economy. Mr Abbott seemed to be saying last where he
night that the mining sector is where he thinks we should still have our principal focus, if I read him read him correctly . I don't think that's sustainable. We need to diversify. I have explained how we'd seek to diversify. I don't think we can have all our eggs in one basket. How we intend to build a world-class education system through the Better Schools Plan which he has described as a con. How we intend to build our health and hospitals system for future which remains world class. Given that his record is cutting a billion dollars out of public spending. How we're building a National Broadband Network for the future which we would plan to disconnect. How we're building a clean energy future given that Mr Abbott has said he'd basically tear the emissions trading scheme into little pieces. Can I just add something? I don't normally comment on polls but I do think it's worth a mention. What we've seen is quite ugly, negative polls, finance ed by the tobacco industry, and those of us that have some experience of these matters know that negative politics does have an impacts and they clearly have had some impact. I think we can overcome them. I don't think you should be deluded by thinking that the negative campaign that's been run has not had some impact. We will overcome it. We their the business of arguing the case think that's
for future of Australia. I think that's where the electorate will put its money in the end. My point before was that you accept that things can be included in a doesn't mean you're necessarily going to change them?What going to change them?What I'd say about that is pretty basic. Is say about that is Is that on something as fundamental as the goods and services tax which affects every single Australian, because it's 10% on everything you buy, outside of food, a few other exceptions as well.If on the one hand you're not going to touch the goods and services tax, then why are you making the goodses and services tax part of your tax review? Why don't you make land tax and pensions part of your review if you're not going to touch them?This is so basic for everybody. Everyone is affected by the GST. The goods and services tax exists through an intergovernmental agreement which is entrenched in Commonwealth Government legislation. And therefore, if the future Australian Government wants to change that legislation, it can by putting a Bill into the House of Representatives, passing it and putting it through the Senate. It's as simple as that I'm saying that his core argument that there's not a problem because everyone has to agree is actually a false argument. I'm just saying it's a big impact on cost of living pressures for families across the country, and I think the question which needs to be answered is: if Mr Be a bolt, as he said last night, doesn't want to change the GST, then why is it part of the review? One final things on the goods and services tax. In Perth he has said he wants to make sure that WA gets a bigger slice of the goods and services tax. That's what he says in certain discussions in Perth. The same time in Tasmania he is saying that of course that distribution of the goods and services tax wouldn't be be affected. You can't do one without the other. It's time to be upfront about his plans on the goods and services What about voting for younger Australians?If you haven't enrolled, today it closes at 8pm. Whether you're going to vote for Mr Abbott or vote for me at the next election, it's really important that every Australian has their say, every Australian citizen should roll
and young people who are on the roll for the and young people who are on roll for the first time or if they've opinion changing their roll for the first time or they've opinion changing address, go on-line, fine the Australian Electoral Commission web site address, go on-line, fine web site and you can enrol
on-line. You don't have to toddle off to thes of on-line. You don't toddle off to thes of post
office toddle off to thes office again.Nathan Bracken is running as an independent in the seat of Dobell. Will you be talking to him about preference deals?Anything concerning preferences in this election is dealt with by dealt with by the national or State Secretary. I will leave all that there. You've been accused by the politician of playing politics on gay marriage. What's your response to that?You know something? I was very upfront way before I returned to the Prime Ministership about why I changed my position on marriage equality.We get asked a question at the end of the debate last night, that is, what's your position and what are you going to do about it? I just answered the question directly. I support marriage equality. I believe that if are' going to bring about that change, then we're going to need to have a free vote in the Parliament, which our party will provide but regrettably, Mr Abbott is not providing his own members. If we're returned, legislation will come forward with the objective of legalising same-sex marriage. The time has come to put this acrimonious debate behind us.They've had a profound effect on my thinking. I believe that under the ceremonies provided by a secular State, there should be no impediment for their relationships to be reflected as that of marriage. The churches are still free to conduct religious ceremonies which distinguish themselves from the State and which marriage is uniquely regarded as between a men and a woman. Last night you said Sydney Airport won't the only airport in the country. Would you consider that Anthony Albanese may have a conflict of interest 'cause his electorate is affected by aircraft noise?Sydney Airport is a critical piece of the nation's major airports
infrastructure, like all our major airports are whether it's Tullamarine or Brisbane Airport but because Sydney is the nation's gateway, of course, it is the most critical of It's a bigger equation than Sydney Airport. Secondly the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure has made absolutely plain that he believes that construction on a second airport site would need to commence in the next term of the Parliament and I understand from his earlier comments that there is still the completion of a specific survey of the Wilton site as one of those to be considered. For the future, it's big for Sydney. I understand that. On the conflict question I have known Minister Albanese for a long time. He is a member of Parliament who in my experience will put the national interest first and he wants to make sure that this is is got right. Do you acknowledge that if your figures don't match up PEFO figures, that matter of PEFO figures, that will matter of trust?The Treasury provides its PEFO figures, that will be a
matter of provides its best analysis of revenue projections. revenue projections. We act within that. That's the proper way government is done. You can't have a plan in of your pocket, so we operate honestly on the basis of the data we're given. Can I just suggest to the country at large that we have adhereed to the disciplines based on the numbers we are given. I would just request that Mr Abbott be subjected to the same discipline. It was Peter Costello who brought in this discipline. I think it's the correct discipline T tries to put us all on to a level playing field about your disciplines on revenue and expenditure. It's something we've all adhered to since. What I am stuned about is Mr Abbott's continued determination to keep his billion worth of cuts to jobs education and health under wraps for political reasons, not for good financial economic reasons. Having said all that, I think I better zip. Apologies for the I think I better Apologies for the drop-out in that link. Kevin Rudd there. Bennelong is a Liberal seat right now, with a margin of right now, with a around 3%, the sitting member is John Alexander. Mr Rudd there announcing a fund to retrain manufacturing workers into high skilled jobs. For more let's cross to Kerryn Binnie in Binnie in Canberra. It's interesting to see at the opposition's media conferences, he's always hammered pretty heavily on the costings issue. We don't necessarily get that did
with the Prime Minister, but he did get a few questions there on that?He did. Kevin Rudd is continuing down the line as he did last night about the line about the GST, and the coalition and what Kevin Rudd says is their plan to increase the GST should they come into government. One of the things that Kevin Rudd is saying is they are going to include it in a review of the tax. If they are going to include it in the review of the tax, that means they are looking to put it up. So Kevin Rudd is continuing that line that is despite last night at the debate here in Canberra at the National Press Club of Tony Abbott emphatically ruling out putting up the GST in the next term of government. And there was a blunt "no" to that question about negative gearing from the Prime Minister?That's right. Some of the journalists have started flicking questions to Kevin Rudd as well about his intentions about any sort of taxes. And you heard that. Will he make changes, get rid of negative gearing? The answer to that was "no" there were follow-up questions. One was about death taxes. Didn't quite catch that one. And I think the answer to that one was "no" as well.There've been a bit of discussion in the media this morning about the notes that Kevin Rudd had with him during the debate last night in an important breach of the rules and the Prime Minister was asked about that but apparently he wasn't aware there was any such rule?That's what it seems like. It was in the rules. The rule was that both leaders were allowed to take to the podium a notebook with a pen, and that is it. But it did appear that up several
Kevin Rudd was looking down and up several times, refering to that. He was questioned on that at his media conference. He made light of it at the start of the media conference, saying that look, I have some notes with me today. And on a more serious note, he did say that he'd like to have the notes, especially when there are figures involved 'cause he wants to put out the right figures and have those at hand when he is answering questions at the debate and also at the media conferences today. We'll leave it there. The shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has been speaking to the media while the Prime Minister has been talking. Joe Hockey has been at the Multi Slide Industries factory in Adelaide in the electorate of Hindmarsh.It's great to be here with Rod. He's the owner of Multi Slide Industries. 60% of the business is supplying the automotive sector. I'm here with Senator Simon Birmingham the representative senator for South Australia Hindmarsh. Our outstanding South Australia in this area canned date for Hindmarsh. Our canned date Williams. He's taking the canned date for Hindmarsh, Nat Williams. He's taking the fight up to Labor. Now, here is a business that up to Labor. Now, here is business that up to Labor. Now, here is a affected directly by a downturn in the motor vehicle industry in Australia as a result of Kevin Rudd's misguided, mishandled FBT attack on the car industry. Very important to us. 60% of our business is automotive, not necessarily because we've grown that side, but our other business manufacturing side has declined, ie, dishwasher baskets, a lot of other businesses we used to manufacture components for are now gone. Appreciate you coming.Thanks very much. Now, the simple fact is that a coalition is focused on jobs and job security. We are focused on growing the Australian economy. We are focused on getting rid of the carbon tax, which will lower electricity prices. Lowering company taxes. Getting rid of the mining tax. We are focused on living within our means so that the Australian taxpayer is not constantly being hit from left field, with new and unpredictable taxation decisions. Only the Labor Party is going to go down the path of unpredictable taxes and tax increases. They've done it on 43 occasions in the last six years. We improve productivity by increasing participation, by getting rid of red tape. By investing in important infrastructure. Fourthly we are looking at new market opportunities particularly in Asia. Right here used to be a work force of 158 employees. Now it's down to 40. 60% of this business is focused on the automotive sector. And the fact of the matter is, Kevin Rudd is taking a baseball bat to the motor vehicle industry. Here in Australia by imposing a 1.8 billion dollar additional tax hike on people who have company cars or are using company cars. That kills - that kills the demand side of the motor vehicle industry. So Kevin Rudd can put a bandaid over a bullet wound and put more money into the supply side, but if there's no demand, there is no business. If there's falling demand, no matter what you do, Holden and Toyota, like the others, won't be able to present a meaningful business case to remain in Australia. So we've got to focus on the demand side of the equation. That's what the coalition's doing. We are focusing on growing the economy, building a stronger economy, with job security, right here in South Australia, the latest unemployment rate went up to 7.1%. Now, Kevin Rudd says 6.25% by the middle of next year under Labor. For the whole country. That's nearly 800,000 Australians unemployed under Kevin Rudd by the middle of next year. From our perspective, that's not good enough. We left them with an unemployment rate with a 4 in front of it. And they think somehow it's acceptable to have rising unemployment, rising debt, bigger deficits, the fact is Labor doesn't know how to govern and has no plan for the future of Australia, only the coalition does. Mr Hockey ...You're talking about taking out half a billion dollars of industry support. Holden has made it clear that that's a recipe for them to close their doors? A $1.8 billion hit on the demand side means that you can produce as many cars as you want in Australia but if people aren't buying them, because they haven't got the money, there is no future for the car industry. Be won't proceed with a $1.8 billion tax hike on the car industry. That means you still have demand for Australian made motor vehicles, particularly fleet sales and particularly that will take them under novated leases. Specific demand (inaudible question) No, well, the simple (inaudible question) the simple fact of the matter is, most of is, most of the vehicles that are going is, most are is, most of the vehicles that
are going to be hit by Kevin Rudd's are going to be Rudd's new FBT tax, Toyotas, Holdens and Fords. Most of the vehicles are in the price bracket up to $50,000 a year. Now, 75% of the people affected are earning less than $100,000 a year. So Kevin Rudd with his FBT changes is going to hit Australian-made manufactured cars. It's going to hit them right here, an components manufacturers like this business right here are going $1.8
to be hit directly by this new $1.8 billion tax. I'm happy to lay down our numbers against Labor's any day. They want to give $200 million to the car industry on the supply side. We're going to take away a $1.8 billion tax increase on the demand side. And by doing so, they're going to sell more cars. That 200 million might go directly to car buyers, that they might get a dollar for dollar subsidy ...Kim Carr is the worst Industry Minister Australia has ever had. And there's been a conga line of Industry Ministers over the last six years, none have got it right. The bottom line you can stimulate supply as much as you want, you can subsidise it, hand-outs you can give government people are not buying your produce, if they're not people are not buying produce, if they're not buying what you manufacture, you have no business model. And the fact is, Labor doesn't get it. On the one hand, they propose a $1.8 billion tax on demand and on the other hand they're pitting a bandaid over a bullet wound by pretending to give $200 million to the manufacturers. It's not the answer.

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