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(generated from captions) right balance. Mr Abbott response he wants to cut penalty rateness and overtime when he talks about changing the Fair Work Act back to what he describes as the centre. election. We build for future, they cut, cut and cut to the bone. Here in in this great facility in Perth we're talking about how we build this as a new great centre for the future economy of WA and Australia. We're talking about how we take the great skills in the mining services sector and the oil and gas services sector and turn those into whole new industries and with new jobs which service the global mining industry, not just the physicality of extraction here or offshore, but selling the services through the mining services industry right across the world. You see some of the extraordinary technology skills on offer here and being sold already. Today I announce we will be investing some $30 million to establish the national floating systems research centre here in Perth. We believe this is going to be a huge potential export platform for services for the future. If you look at rocks mechanics, that's about how you most productively locate the best way of accessing an oil and gas reserve with least cost to the company service is now beginning to be sold around the world from service is now beginning to here. Thank you to our sold around the here. Thank you to mechanic here. Thank you to our rock terrific ex opponent mechanic over there, he terrific ex opponent of what he
does. Big terrific ex does. Big rocks, little rocks, hard rocks, soft rocks, it was great. That equals new. That equals new industries that equals new opportunities for young people. And I think it's terrifically exciting. Also, Australia's on track to be one of the first nations in the world to deploy floating LNG technologies, building industries and jobs for the future.I'm proud to build a new industry with new jobs for the future. No. 2, a new oil and gas innovation partnership will be located in Perth. We're investing $16 million in this, to drive innovation, to lift competitiveness and create a world class innovation precinct of the. This is so important because Gary in particular as our resource and Energy Minister knows and is a great exponent for the industry here in the west and nationwide, the oil and gas industry is investing $200 billion over five years and creating 100,000 jobs. By 2025, this will add even further as well as providing a further base for tax revenue for the nation. This has potential to create even 150,000 jobs in the future. Where the real future does lie, beyond physical ex-traction and sale of the resource it sever and the energy itself is the services industries which grow up around it involving such bright folks that we are here to assist and co-invest with today. The partnership brings together 3 5 big names in the oil and gas business, including Woodside, Shell, Santos, University and of course Shell, Santos, UWA, Curtin University and of course the CSIRO itself. Small and medium enterprises will be involved, and nodes will be connected, Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. So in summary on this, I'm about building the new industries and jobs of the future in the oil and gas services industry, rather than simply cut, cut, cutting and cutting to the bone. I will ask my ministerial colleagues to add briefly. I will conclude with a few general remarks then we'll go to questions.This is two great initiatives whereby we give meaning to the concept of bringing white coat together with blue-collar. We are providing opportunitys to for Australians to participate in the new waves of industry that are coming across the globe. For us to be world leaders in that regard. So with access to 150,000 extra jobs. Now, in contrast we have the policies of our opponents which would take money from research, take money from ustds, take money from the $500 million precincts program on which in program is based. So they have a policy of actually cutting back. They can't do any of these things because they won't have the money, because of the cuts that they are making.? Announcement takes Western Australia to the next level. It takes the fundamental concept that we all as Australians must be aware of and that is that in our marketplaces in northern Asia, we're under stress and under pressure from competing resources from other parts of the globe. And what this technological investment does is it allows us to shift a generation a step gear in how we produce our export energy commodities. It's about productivity, it's about efficiency, it's about jobs, and it's about service exports. It's about the future for a broadly-based industry that is the future of our nation and of our State. On a few broader points. We're hear with our kabd date for Swan. I have talked about we're building the nation up. The other mob. I've said this in other parts of Australia, I will say it again here. We're building up new skills in this part of Perth through this investment in this practical partnership. Mr Abbott is partnership. Mr committed to cutting this innovation partnership. committed to cutting don't support it.That's innovation right.If we're looking here in Perth and the electorate of Swan, we're in the business of investing in the 58 schools in the electorate of Swan through the Better Schools Plan, what Mr Abbott is saying, he will cut millions and millions of are and millions of dollars from that investment under the better schools flan in the electorate of Swan. Schoolkids Bonus. Schoolkids Bonus, 5,900 families in the electorate of Swan, we are helping to support, to build their families by providing a Schoolkids Bonus. Instead in the electorate of Swan, Mr Abbott says he will cut that to zero. Furthermore, health and hospitals. As I said before, we have built up the local Medicare local in this area, and instead, Mr Abbott will cut it and cut everyone who works there some 50 front-line medical staff. And finally, you've got the NBN. National Broadband Network, which in this neck of the woods we premises
already have 1,600 homes and premises connected. What Mr Abbott is saying, quite apart from the 64,000 who will be connected, is that they will be disconnected from the National Broadband Network. That's the end of that. And instead they will be thrown back to old fashioned copper. We're building industries of the future. That's because we believe that's our responsibility for an economy in transition. Finally on Mr Abbott's cuts - I am quite taken today by the comments by Mr Be a boat's Treasury spokesman. When asked a very simple question about $70 billion cuts to jobs, health and education, Treasury spokesman refused guarantee that there would not be guarantee that be cuts to health and education. Point blank refused. Well, here we are, three weeks or Well, or so before an election, the Liberals are saying they have $70 billion worth of cuts. Mr Hockey's comment. We also have a statement today from their finance spokesman saying they have all a statement today from have all the details of their finance spokesman saying cuts ready to have all the details cuts ready to go but they cuts ready to go but they won't tell anybody. And then, the quite specific statement that the Treasury spokesman refuses to give any guarantee that there will not be cuts to health and education. So the bottom line is this: my guarantee is to build on our investments in health and education. Mr Abbott's Treasury spokesman's guarantee is that he will cut health and education. There's no other way of interpreting the statements made today.Mr Rudd, how widely did you consult with your senior ministers on the issue of the company tax cut for the Northern Territory, Bill Shorten said this morning on the radio he only found out yesterday? The first thing I would say is we are proud as a government of doing the right thing by the Northern Territory. And we will not be taking a backward step on a policy which supports better business conditions for people to invest in the Territory. The ministers I've been working with most closely recently on this policy have been the Treasurer, the Finance Minister, and of course, our broader leadership group as well. You would expect that during an election campaign, that when the final product of a policy is put out, that the ministers are informed of that at that time. Your point about the consultation, though, Treasurer, Finance Minister on the detail for a long time, this policy has been worked on for the last six weeks.Do you acknowledge this now looks like policy on the run? Not at all. Do you know why? It is a first-class policy for the Northern Territory's future. And if you think that it's about an internal debate about processes which I assume is where our political opponents would want to take it, I'm not going there. You know why? The Northern Territory wants their Territory developed and I'm standing 100% behind the policy, the Treasurer stands 100% behind the policy, the Finance Minister stands be 100% behind the policy. If you want an internal process argument can I suggest there's one on offer at the moment? That is, what Mr Hockey and Mr Abbott are trying to do today to clean up their own problem concerning his clear-cut statement that there's no guarantees about cuts to education and health. Over to you.Just to clarify you're now talking about zonal taxation, just not tax breaks for the Northern Territory? It was in the policy yesterday.But for other parts of the country as well. What parts the country are you looking at for special tax status and have you costed that? Let's go back to the questions of costing. No. 1, what we said yesterday is that the Northern Territory is where we'd like to see special economic zones start first. The reason for that is constitutional reasons. It's a territory under s.99 of the constitution. Secondly we said in the States you could look in the northern parts of W A and the northern parts of Queensland at zonal tax Australia, that vast rebates. In terms of north of the tropic rebates. In terms of northern
Australia, that vast stretch north of Capricorn is generally accepted
as Capricorn is as the definition. The other thing we said is that we would as the definition. bring about in the thing we said is bring about in the case of the Territory a cut to the company tax rate to ensure that Territory a cut businesses were attracted there. That's tax rate to ensure there. That's the right thing
to do. It's businesses were attracted there. That's to do. It's the positive thing to do. We also outlined to do. It's the positive to do. We also outlined the
process to do. We also process by which we'd finalise the rate with local consultations with business and with the Territory Government. And we said we'd have in the question
operation for the 2018 year on the question of costings therefore, it's outside the forward estimates and therefore, as we finalise the policy next year if we return to government that's when you'd to government have it.Have you got - you said you've been working with the Treasurer and Finance Minister on this for some time. You have no ballpark figure on what a 10% reduction would cost. There are two complications. One is whether you're looking at NT-based businesses whose operations lie either in the Territory or elsewhere, or businesses which are based in other capitals. Who have operations within the NT. The variations and permutations of that are significant. That is why we have outlined a clear policy direction that we're going to make it easier for businesses in the NT to locate there and stay there and have their operations there. I think our political opponents are concerned about this because they know in the Territory it's a winner. You know why? 'Cause people in the Territory are remote from the rest of Australia. So you can have your process discussions if you want. Finance Minister, Treasurer, myself, we have been the core of the leadership group working on this because it goes to the question of public finance. And on the tax question. And it is the right policy for the future and more broadly could I say this: I am absolutely proud of the direction in which we are taking this northern development policy. Mr Abbott Paper
has said he will have a White Paper in the fullness of time. He's also talked about some form of concessions in that part of the world. And I've - I will leave it to you to pursue the detail associated with that. I'm proud of what we've put forward. It's proffer eyeding a clear direction for the future. You can have as many process debates as you like.Can I please just get a gauge of the reaction from traditional owners and the community to the Ord River announcement? Was there any apprehension, so much foreign investment over the Ord River? I spoke at afternoon with the local traditional owners and we had a good discussion. traditional owners and we good discussion. They talked to me about the process of working it through with the investors and the two and three levels of government for Ord stage 2. They told me that had worked out well in the end. They asked me to make sure that the process of consultation with them on Ord Stage 3, because their peoples extend right across the border, between W apartment and the NT, would be of the same type. I said to them it would be. And that's the only way it can happen. They have said to me that they have benefited from the investments in Ord stage 2 so far and they wish to be beneficiaries for Ord Stage 3. What I'm on about with the future of the Ord and WA is: how do you turn this into a new industry for the future? Turn it into a place where we can sell our agribusiness into Asia diversified
and to make sure that we have a diversified economy in the future, such as mining services industry, agribusiness, and the other industries like manufacturing which in Kim's view and mine and the other ministers ain't an old industry, it's a new one. Over to you.The release coming (inaudible
from our campaign ... (inaudible question) I have no intention of talking about campaign internals. Ask those questions plaintiff Abbott and furthermore, what I would say is it's an odd remark given I spent most of the last two days with Mr Wright on the road.Are you concerned that polling is showing that both in the seats of Dobell and Robertson, the coalition is set to win and also the coalition has announced that almost 32 ,000 asylum seekers that are already in Australia won't be permanently settled here. And that they also won't have the right to ameal in the courts. What's your opinion of that? On the latter question - I haven't seen the full detail of what Mr Abbott has put forward. And it's unclear. Mr Burke the Immigration Minister will be speaking on that, I understand, later today. On the first question - can I be very blunt with you all? We enter this election as the underdogs. It's very simple. And we remain the underdogs in this campaign. We are faced with the political fight of ours lives, but guess what? We have a positive plan for the country's future, positive plan for WA's future, and you can have as many chats as you like about internal processes on this, that and the other. I will tell you what the Australian people are interested in. Are they going to have a job form? Are school now? to have a job form? Are the
kids going to school kids going to be the at right enough by way of school now? Will there enough by Bonus to buy the books and enough by way of a Schoolkids uniforms? Will the Medicare Bonus to buy local still be open to make sure afterhours care is stale available? That's what they're concerned about, not internal process debates.Tony Abbott has shade that has shade that you are preparing to slide back into office on Green preferences. Ha ha!Would you like to comment on that. Can I refer to my answer to the previous question?Also, would you like to comment on the fact that Labor's struck a deal with the Katter party in Queensland for preferences? And do you share any of their protectionist economic policies? As we all know Bob's unique. And you've got to understand Queensland to understand Bob's uniqueness. I've made I think on the road many comments about this so far, which is Bob for reasons which many of you may find odd has been a long-standing friend of mine. Preference arrangements are sorted out through the National Executive of our party, the National Secretary of our party and other parties and I will leave all those decisions where they should be.Does that mean no deal? When you talk about zonal taxation for northern Australia and tax breaks there, does that then mean those major gas and mining companies will then get tax breaks in northern Australia and do you agree with some of the comments of Colin Barnett today that says that it could put some WA businesses at a severe disadvantage?Can I just say this: what is the focus here? The focus is on how Australia? Everyone can bleat about it in do we develop northern about it in the south as much as they like. I'm concerned as about developing the north. It is our gateway to Asia. Therefore, let's put some positive policies forward and make it work. You can have a rolling academic seminar with a bunch of folks who would happily talk till they turn blue in the face and nothing happen. I'm on about getting new businesses and new jobs into turn Australia. I didn't go to the Ord yesterday for fun. It's because I believe it and we have a track record there. As Gary knows I was up there several years ago, third visit up there as Prime Minister it was the one yesterday.The only Prime Minister to make three visits to there.And there you go. There's another piece of history for you. You think a plaque up there ...(Laughter)The point is this: we've co-invested with Ord stage 2 something in the vicinity of just under $200 million. I looked at the Cunnanara airport, that's there because of our investment. I looked at the port of Wyndham, the high school, the transitional housing, to make Ord stage 2 work. Can I just say to all of you, these major projects don't happen out of take
thin air. Because governments take the lead in partnership with business and we make 'em happen and that's what we're on about with northern Australia. And the zonal arrangements for North Queensland and the northern part of WA, these will be worked through, through the processes I outlined yesterday but I'm not going to have people retreat into some narrow shell and say that sow Australia will be built in the future by an incremental step here, a step there and let's hide in our shell until 2020 in the hope that someone else does the work for us. Having said all that, I'm about to ... zip. Thank you very much. That was live from Perth, the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the Australian resources research centre announcing money to go towards the establishment of a national floating systems research centre, that's to help with the development of oil and gas reserves and a new partnership arrangement there as well. The Immigration Minister Tony Burke has been speaking to the media in Sydney. Giving his response to the opposition's announcement that it plans to toughen up its asylum seeker policy and would strip asylum seekers of their right to appeal to the refugee tribunal. Let's listen to what he has had to say.Normally these updates have been updates on implementation, as you would appreciate, there's a lot of interest around today about some announcements that the opposition have made with respect to asylum seeker policy and I will spend most of my time dealing with that. In terms of implementation itself, another plane load landed this morning in Manus Island, 40 people on this particular plane load. So where we started, with two planes a week we're now up to three planes a week. We're continuing to ramp that up as systems get in place. The capacity of the additional site, that toll we're implementing, the latest I've been told is they expect that to be fully up and ready on Sunday. But even if it were later than that, the capacity will be there well and truly before the current facilities are filled. We continue to have a situation that I've described before where whatever capacity is required will be provided and we're keeping well on front with that with the dofts at Manus Island. With respect to Nauru I'm getting some final indications given to me about the precise standards that we need to be able to send we're
families across. Obviously we're checking in the wake of what's happened with the Nauruan hospital to make sure that we've got appropriate health standards for any families that are sent across. As you may be aware, health care for people who are transferred is primarily done by a different organisation not by the Nauruan Health Service. But there has been an extent to which there's been on that. So that's it which there's been a reliance on that. So that's it in terms of update on that. So that's of update on implementation. And implementation be exactly as And be And implementation continues to
be exactly be. Which is where we're in a situation where be exactly as we said it would
be. Which is where arrives by be. Which is where we're in a
situation where arrives situation where anybody who will not be arrives by boat without a visa will not be settled in
Australia and the will not be Australia and the regional resettlement arrangements with Papua New Guinea and with Nauru are guaranteeing that we can implement that. Today's announcements from the opposition have taken the discussion up onto a new tang gent. I'm not sure if it's because they'd worked their policy out some months ago and decide even though it wasn't quite as relevant now that the regional resetlement arrangements were in arrangements were in place they were going to just put it out there anyway or whether they just haven't thought it through. But effectively, even under their own admission, the policies announced today are irrelevant to anybody deciding whether or not they would get on a boat. Because of the regional resetlement arrangement, if you arrive by boat now without a vees saw won't be settled in Australia. Therefore the question of what visa class would apply to you is completely irrelevant. Be it a permanent or temporary visa, irrelevant to the people who are making a decision now as to whether or not they will get on a boat. Similarly, legal appeals to the Refugee Review Tribunal or going through the various court systems become irrelevant when your flicks is being determined under the law of a different country. So effectively what we pave got with today's announcements from the coalition is a determination that even though it's irrelevant to whether or not people smugglers have a viable business, they've decided to effectively just be mean for the hell of it. If you're a people smuggler and you saw the announcements from the coalition today, they would say "Well it's not about us." They know this does not make a scintilla of difference to anybody currently running a people smuggling operation. All we have from the coalition today is a situation where they have made an announcement to show how tough they are, they've made an announcement to show that they can be mean just for hell of it, knowing full well, even under their own description that it's irrelevant to whether or not people are going to get on a boat. The whole way through I've said we need to have a sensible conversation here and we need to be clear about what it is we're aiming to do. It is good public policy to want to stop people from drowning on the high sea. The announcements from the coalition today are irrelevant to anyone making that decision. Absolutely irrelevant. Similarly, the myth that you can completely obliterate an appeals mechanism is one of those careful what you wish for moments. If
the only appeals mechanism available because you've available abolished everything else is the High Court, we end up with a legal situation which I think no-one would wish for. Which is where each and every appeal has one place and one place only to go to and that becomes the High Court. There have previously been attempts by each side of politics to try to minimise the extent of appeals and there are good reasons why Parliaments have tried to do that. Without exception, the courts have always found a way back in. And I'm not sure whether it's naivety or whether it's just spin, but certainly, what the coalition have announced today doesn't stack up in terms of policy to do something about people smuggling operations across the Indian Ocean. (Inaudible question)Oh ... Scott Morrison right now wants the boats to keep coming. That's what he wants and you all know T you look at their media release today. They know full well the government has made no decision about going ahead with the site at Singleton. We've reserved the money in case it's feeded. We expect it won't be because of what's happening with the regional resettlement arrangements there's no work being done at Singleton. We don't expect any work will be done. They put out a media release about that. Where effectively the outcome of their policy is no different to where we think things will end up. At the final line, just put in the final statement that they believe the agreement with PNG is unravelling. Without any references to how, because they know it's not but they want to create a semblance that it's unrampling because they want people to keep getting on boats. They want that for a political reason, which is really pretty unfortunate. It says a lot about their character. It says a lot about them. But effectively, if you're an asylum seeker and you're fishing around for who's going to give you a message that says if you get on a boat you will get settled to Australia, there's only three sorts of people who will give you that message. People smugglers, Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison. They're the only places will you get it. And for Scott Morrison, I don't think he has a blind spot with respect to defects in his own policy. I think he has a blind spot in seeing beyond politics. I think he enjoys the politics of this issue far too much. My view has always been you need to identify accurately what the problem is. That's why today's announcements are silly because they're irrelevant to the actual problem. They don't apply to a single person who's considering getting on a boat at the moment. (Inaudible question)No, I don't believe that. I don't believe that. And when cornered, they've even acknowledged that that's the limitation of their turn back boats policy. They've acknowledged that the capacity and the reason John Howard stopped turning around boats as well, the capacity for the new operators to get thes very tell to sink and some vessels arriving ready, sabotage ready, effectively, means that we're not sort of country that will leave people drowning in the ocean and when cornered, Scott Morrison admits that. So I'm not pretending they want the drownings to happen. But I do believe they are feeding the exact arguments that people smugglers are trying to get through the pipeline. (Inaudible question)Look, people will be people will be processed according to law people will have valid according to have valid claims, they get
sent home. according to law if they don't
have valid sent home. If they do have sent valid claims, then over time, they end up getting protection visas. Permanent visas over time. They won't get them more quickly than people in an equivalent situation who are waiting in camps. That's what the no advantage policy means but over time they will get it and think about the logic. Now, there was a different argument before we announced the Papua New Guinea arrangements. There was a different argument then and there was a contestable policy argument as to whether temporary protection visas would matter as a deterrent. I believe they don't. I believe all the evidence we have is when they were introduced by John Howard, the number of people getting on boats went up, not down. That's what happened. And John Howard ended up switching something like 80% of people over time onto permanent visas anyway. So there's a contestable argument before we made the PNG announcement as to whether or not temporary protection visas would work. They're irrelevant as to whether or not people get on boats. People who get on boatths under our policy don't get on boats at all. The only possible reason to make an announcement like they've made today, is for a political desire to look tough and mean just for the hell of it. Because there is no policy outcome of any sort of decency that you might see that (Inaudible question)Look the actual settlement services are handled on a day-to-day basis by Kate Lundy, handled on a by Kate Lundy, not by myself. by Kate Lundy, not by Certainly services of that nature always need to be reviewed and always need to be looked at because ultimately, reviewed and always need to if someone's going to stay in Australia, then you want them to be making a contribution Australia, then you to be making a contribution and
you want them to be at home and

settled as quickly as possible if you want them to be at home if they're going to stay. And if they're not going to stay, you want them to leave. And if they're working out which way they should come to Australia, if they're not here yet, you want them to come with a visa on a method that's safe in an orderly fashion. So yeah, that's the best way I can map out the principles. (Inaudible question)Good afternoon. Normally these updates have been updates on implementation as you would appreciate there's a lot of interest around today about announcements that the opposition have made with respect to asylum seekers. Obviously we're not going to take Tony Burke's media conference there all over again. That is the Immigration Minister Tony Burke responding to the opposition's announcement today of its revised asylum seeker policy. Tony Burke saying it's got nothing to do with stoppeth the boats. He says this revised policy is simply motivated by the coalition's political desire to look tough and he's described it as being mean just for the hell of it. I suspect we'll hear much more about these asylum seeker policies throughout the campaign. But now let's recap our top story and a series of strong earthquakes and aftershocks