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(generated from captions) Three of the likely key players in the new Senate joined me a short time ago, from Perth Dropulich drop from the Australian sports party ert party, from Melbourne Senator John Madigan from the Democratic Labour Party and from Sydney, the Liberal Democrats' David Leyonhjelm. Mr Leyonhjelm, your float has been significantly inflated by your position on the ballot paper and possibly by the some fact some people may have confused your party for the Liberals. Do you deserve to be in the Senate.We think we would've won no matter where we were on the ballot paper. Our vote in South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania was 3.5 to 4%. And by our calculations, that would've meant we were elected anyway. So we think we would've got there. Without the donkey vote. I'm quite happy to have the donkey vote. Every party in every election, every ballot paper wants to have the first position so we were just lucky. Mr Dropulich, to you, similarly you secured .22% of the primary vote, but preferences may get you over the line and get you a spot in the Senate. Do you deserve to be there?We think so. It's the way that the system is run for the Senate and we've campaigned out there and got our votes and the preferences look like they're going to be going our way and we've spoken to all the other parties that were con testing Western Australia in the Senate and explained to them our policy and what we're all about. They obviously thought that what we stood for and our agenda is a good thing and they agreed with what they stand for. They've obviously preferenced us accordingly and so it's resulted in where we are at the moment.Senator Madigan, what would you say to Australians who might be concerned about the way our Senate system works so that you have a situation where minor party preference trading can deliver spots to parties with a very small percentage of the primary vote?The first point is that none of the minor parties as people call them made the rules. They haven't broken the rules. They've done nothing to deceive people. They've stood for election and they've been elected. That's what a democracy is about.Mr Dropulich, what's your main political agenda, what will you be mostly trying to use your Senate spot for?Obviously with the Australian Sports Party we're all about healthy living through sport. We're trying to promote grass roots and junior sport. To try to get as many young people as we go into sport with obesity being a big issue in Australia. We feel that sport is a good avenue to try to get people active and get a healthier society and also on top of that, with the people involved in sport who are not actually participating but just involved in general, there is a community feel. It promotes a community feel and people getting involved in things in a community and interacting with each other which is good for the community.Obviously when you're a senator, you can't just have a single issue, you have to have a position on a whole range of issues. What's your position, for example, on the carbon tax and whether it should be repealed?At this stage we're about a week away probably if we find out if we definitely have won a seat in the WA Senate. If we are still fortunate enough to have one of those seats in the WA Senate we'll move on to the next phase of this whole process and come out with all our various policies and all those various issues. Mr Leyonhjelm, what are the most important issues to you?We're a libertarian party a small l liberal. We're in favour of low taxes, less bureaucracy, smaller government, less expenditure. The issues to us that matter are reducing taxes, government getting out of the way, getting out of your pocket and off your back. So we'll support anything that reduces taxes, and we'll support anything that increases our liberty. So you would obviously then be in favour of the carbon tax being repealed?We would. We would definitely support that and the mining tax. But we are not in favour of the coalition's policy on direct action on climate change, for example. It's just a large amount of money down a black hole which will achieve nothing.What would you want in return for your support say for the rel peeft of the carbon tax? For example you think that Australia's gun laws are too restrictive. Would you be looking for some movement on that?No, it's not a federal issue. It's a state issue. I can't see any opportunity to make any progress on that. What are your views on gun control exactly?We think gun laws are trekked at the wrong people. They're aimed at law abiding well behaved members of the community. They tie them up in knots but they don't stop criminals from getting guns and they don't stop them from shooting each other in the western suburbs of Sydney.Would you like to see Australians have greater access to firearms if they wanted to?We think a licensing system is legitimate, so that some people are not allowed to have access to guns, but we can't see anything achieved by registering them or saying certain types of guns are OK and other kinds of guns are not OK. We think the restrictions are irrational, and we oppose them. Senator Madigan, what's your attitude towards Tony Abbott's plan to repeople the carbon tax and what would you want in return for your support?Well, our position is as public as has been stated. We believe in the government, Tony Abbott's government repealing the carbon tax, but we are concerned deeply about what's happening down at Yallorn in Victoria n the La Trobe Valley, there's 75 of Energy
workers who every been shut out of Energy Australia's plants. We're concerned about the transition to the so-called clean energy future, and the fact where's the money that the La Trobe Valley was promised, for instance? We're concerned about the energy Security Council and the $500 million-odd that Energy Australia received from the Federal Government, and in the abolition of the carbon tax, what are they going to do about the clean energy regulator and the systemic regulatory failure that's come about in the wind industry and also the problems in the solar industry? Let me ask each of you the same question to finish. Tony Abbott has been elected with a really substantial majority. If you found yourself in this position, would it really be fair for any one of you to use your Senate slot to block any of his legislative agenda? Mr Leyonhjelm?We respect his mandate and we wouldn't seek to block anything that didn't contravene our two principles. That is, a reduction in tax, reduction in taxes or an increase in liberty. As long as he wasn't aiming to increase taxes or deprive us of any of our freedoms we respect our mandate. Senator Madigan, do you respect his man date?Look the government is made up in the Lower House. The Senate is a house of review. I hope truly that the Senate will return to being a true house of review, that reviews legislation in the best interests of all Australians. And being elected to Parliament, to the Senate, is a privilege. It's not a licence to bludgeon. But it is a licence to put forward people's concerns, and to express sections of our society that get ignored.Mr Dropulich, do you recognise Tony Abbott's mandate?If we make it into the Senate, then all these issues that are going to l come up we'll look at all of them and get all the information that we can and see both sides of the arguments and make a decision on each individual issue that is before us in the Senate. Gentlemen, thank you very much to all of you for your time