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political editor also a little bit earlier after the campaign launch spoke to the Nationals Leader, Warren Truss. Well,
this is a Coalition launch. For quite a few years now we have had a joint launch where we talk about some of the things that are important to the regional communities as well as what's important for the cities. Does this mean the Nationals don't get a chance to differentiate yourself a little bit, concentrate on the things that you would like to see done? I spoke a fair bit about regional Australia in my comments today, and I will be delivering more detail on some of those issues at subsequent functions, including at the Press Club next week. Now, it's been said that some in your party have concerns about the paid parental leave scheme. I spoke to one of your colleagues, the acting national Senate leader, Fiona Nash, she said she would like to see more help given to stay at home mothers. Are these things that could be done in a Coalition Government? Well, this is Coalition policy, so we support it. I think there hasn't been adequate emphasis in the discussion on paid parental leave about how this scheme actually helps people on low income. The emphasis has all been about high-income Really, many people in small
business or

business or farmers battling to actually also haven't been able to
interrupt their careers to have

interrupt children. Now, this will interrupt their careers to them an opportunity to children. Now, this will give parents. And them an opportunity parents. And for some people, they'll actually receive parents. And for some income than they'll actually income than they were - than they were income than they they were in their part-time work. So income than they were - work. So I think that this work. So I think that this is a scheme that delivers a scheme that delivers also for poorer a scheme that poorer people and, in fact, provides real opportunities provides real them to break away from their business or profession and business become parents, and that's to be welcomed. become parents, and that's be welcomed. And stay at home mothers? be welcomed. And stay mothers? They are not worse off under the current arrangements, but as this is a workplace relation s issue, and don't benefit
initiative, naturally they don't benefit so much from a scheme of this nature. You also spoke about foreign investment, the tighter scrut nigh you would like to see of foreign investment - tighter scrutiny. One of the big issues at the moment is the proposed sale of Graincorp to an American company. Do you think that sale would be in the national interest or should it be stopped? From what heard, there seems to be real
benefits to ADM from this purchase and its American shareholders, but they haven't been able to persuade their Australian customers that there is anything in it for them. I guess the concern that farmers have is that if this purchase goes ahead, then all of the grain export facilities on the east coast in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and SA, bar one in Victoria, will in fact be foreign owned. Therefore we start to lose control of the destiny of our industry. Decisions that will be made about whether we are going to be a supermarket to Asia, our grain industry is going to be expanded, will essentially be made in board rooms in the US or Canada, or even in Asia, rather than in Australia. I think it is important for us, as a nation, to have control of our food supply and, in particular, the strategic direction of our agricultural industry. You have portfolio responsibilities for flaur and you announced a $300 million bridge-building program. Most of the infrastructure announcements, the bulk of the spending is in roads. Why, for Tony Abbott, who says he wants to be an infrastructure Prime Minister, does it mean only roadsInto not at all. Some of them are about railway lines. But not about urban rail? Well, urban rail, too, but not urban public transport, which we perceive that the States are able to do better than us. So we'll be certainly involved in a range of important rail projects, and I think that we need to look at each project and each priority on the basis of what is the best way of delivering the freight task between those cities. Usually it will be some kind of a combination between rail and road, so in both. That was the philosophy behind the old Auslink program and the corridor studies which were done at Auslink program and done at that time to identify what corridor studies which were what the expenditure program should be about. Now, we'll be wanting to take up that kind of a theme in the years ahead to wanting to take up that kind make sure that if it's best for traffic to move by rail, then we'll invest in the rail. If the road is the most appropriate way, we're prepared to invest in making the roads better and able to deliver the task. Finally, would the Nationals in a Coalition Government ever be happy to give up the trade portfolio? Well, I haven't been trade Minister or Shadow Minister over the last six years. I felt it was more important to have a domestic portfolio. I think it's also very difficult for leaders to have a portfolio like trade in this day and age, which involves a lot of overseas travel. I think my job is primarily here in Australia. And that's why I am choosing a domestic portfolio. So you would be happy if it went to a Liberal, if Tony Abbott wins? Well, I would expect the Nationals to retain some interest in the trade portfolio because it does Opening up
matter to our constituency. Opening up new markets is important. Obviously over the last six years, the failure to be able to conclude trade agreements in places like Korea and China, and the Japanese one, all of which were under way when we last left Government, are hurting farmers and industry dealing. Thank you very much for your time, Warren Truss. The PM, Kevin Rudd, says it's