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(generated from captions) released and returned home.The Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has just begun a media conference. He is in Adelaide today. Kate Ellis is there along with Penny Wong.Will stand up for SA jobs. We have seen SA be hit harder than I would argue any other part of the country, whether it be with Holden and former Treasurer Hockey pushing them away, whether it be the fact we had to stand up and fight until the last minute to secure submarines or whether it be that the Turnbull Government has again shown that they are all about Arrium,
slogans but when it comes to Arrium, they are not prepared to stand up and support SA jobs to the affect that they need to. I am really pleased to be joined here today by strong SA MPs, Amanda Rishworth fighting for the residents of king strong. Nick Champion in Wakefield and Penny Wong in the Senate. I am really pleased that we will be part of a Labor team who prioritises SA because our leader knows that we need jobs, we need education and we need quality health care here. I am delighted to introduce Bill Shorten our
to launch our positive plans for our State.

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of a winter election is rain. I am glad everyone here is dry. I want to say that there is several issues which I want to start of talking about today. First I want to address Labor's plan for jobs and our plan for S. . I will address some issues which go in recent times to the credibility of the PM and I also intend to talk further about the important case to defend Medicare. Let me launch Labor's positive plans for SA. The key focus of this is upon jobs. It is a real privilege in this election to go around and meet hard working men and women of Australia. Only Labor has the solid plans for jobs which Australians and South Australians need to see leadership on. Labor is committed to building infrastructure in SA which will generate real jobs. Labor is committed to saving Arrium and we have gone with the best option recommended by the administrator which will see a positive future for the steel workers of Whyalla and indeed all through Arrium and OneSteel. Labor is committed to the employment of apprentices, committed in SA to renewable energy jobs, we are committed to rolling out first-class NBN technology. We are committed to making sure our schools, TAFEs and universities are properly funded, giving the future work force of SA the best skills. We are committed to making sure that working parents, in particular working mums, don't have to face the choice of going back to work and seeing most of that money that they earn being eaten up in child care by Labor's sensible and practical proposals to increase the child care rebate. Labor is committed to making sure that the hard hit automotive sector, once a back bone of the SA manufacturing sector, they get the funding to make transition into new markets. committed
It is the Labor Party who has been committed to defending ship building and submarine building in SA. Labor has an outstanding track record, not only of standing up for jobs but of standing up and supporting penalty rates. On behalf of the Labor Party, I put in a submission, even as Opposition Leader, supporting the retention of penalty rates. Mr Turnbull refused to, in the most recent debate we had, to go for penalty rates. He wouldn't put in a submission at all. From penalty rates, right through to Senator Xenophon's challenge, where his own candidate in the Senate is on the record as opposing the retention of penalty rates and as recently as this week has said he would be open to considering the Liberal proposition on penalty rates. Penalty rates are an important matter for S A workers, just as jobs are, just as education, apprenticeships and TAFE, NBN and renewable energy, ship and submarine building. Labor has a plan for jobs in SA. I also said I wanted to talk briefly about Medicare. Medicare is important, as not just a firstness mechanism in our country but it is important to the productivity of our country. On July 2, voters have a clear choice. They will make a choice about the future of Medicare. Mr Turnbull is trying to pretend that he says he will guarantee Medicare. He won't. Under Mr Turnbull, you will pay for to see the doctor, you will may more for medicine and more for tests. We see Medicare and bulk Turnbull.
billing as under threat by Mr Turnbull. If Australia's workers can't afford to see the doctor, they either stay sick until they are worse or they ask the employer to pick up the health insurance tab. Medicare helps Australian jobs and Australian employers because otherwise we go down the path of the American system where large manufacturers and large employers are required to pay the health insurance bills of their work force. It is one of the many reasons why defending Medicare is in the national interest. I want to raise some questions concerning the PM's credibility. There have been 24
three serious matters in the last 24 hours which go to Mr Turnbull's credibility. First, there is the Cory Bernardi scandal. Mr Turnbull said earlier this week on television that he had a conversation with Cory Bernardi of a certain Senator. Senator Bernanke has said Mr Turnbull is wrong. One much these two men is lying. It is now up to the PM to come clean about who is telling the truth and who isn't. They both can't be right. In the last 24 hours we have seen Mr Turn torn scramble with a new ad where he guarantees Australians that funding for education and Medicare will be guaranteed. That couldn't be further away from the truth. The funding for Medicare is not guaranteed. We know he is going to freeze the GP rebates, increase the price of medicine and he is getting rid of the bulk billing incentives. His proposition that Medicare funding is guaranteed is not true. We have seen him - he is deliberately making an ad which misleads Australians. The third strike against his credibility is that we have seen him come out as recently as this morning and say thousands of volunteers will be subordinate to the union. This is an outrageous lie and it is not true. The point about these three issues, the Senator Cory Bernardi debacle and the issue around guaranteeing Medicare and education funding when they are making cuts, the issue around misleading volunteers and meddling in the issue of the CFA, this all goes to the PM's credibility. This PM has serious questions about his credibility and he is fast forming a perception in the minds of Australians that he will say anything to get into office but he is not going to back up any of this.You have described a plebiscite as a taxpayer platform for homophobia. Would you vote for or against legislation to set up a plebiscite?Not everyone who opposes marriage equality is a homophobe. Some home fobs certainly oppose marriage equality. I get there is people of religious conviction who don't agree with marriage equality. I said that to the Australian Christian Lobby in a speech I gave to them in my support for marriage equality. Let's call it as it is. The truth is Malcolm Turnbull said in a debate against me that his preferred option was a conscience vote in parliament. He said "It is my party makes me do it". What a weak fellow we have leading Australia. Even though he knows the best option for Australia is one which he supports, he will surrender that to the right wing of his party. That is not leadership. That is weak. I have seen the experience and spoken to people who campaigned in the Irish referendum, this plebiscite, which won't bind MPs, will give a platform for people with hateful attitudes to ventilate them in the public debate and they may well receive taxpayer option
funding. We all know the best option on this issue. A conscience vote within the first 100 days of a Shorten Labor Government.On foreign investment, nine out of 10 Australians are opposed to foreign investment in agricultural land. My question is how will you convince voters that higher thresholds for scrutiny is a good idea?The only people who can have a real objection to foreign investment in this country will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We have always had foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land but I understand the concern of Australians if there is no transparency in arrangements. A Government I lead believes in treating our voters as intelligent. to
We believe in providing information to Australians. We don't need to hide the facts of the NBN. We don't need to smother all the issues of Manus and Nauru in a cloak of secrecy. We don't need to be secretive about transactions in terms of ownership of Australian assets. I believe in a more open greater
Government which will deliver bring
greater confidence. If you want to bring people with you on a path of with
change on any issue, be straight going on.
with people, tell them what is going on. If you treat Australians as intelligent, you will be surprised the rewards you get back. That is why we are not a small target opposition. We have seen Turnbull shrink into a mini replica of the man we thought he would be when he became PM. He flirted with the idea of a 15% GST. You know he was keen to. Then he got stage fright because he was concerned of losing popularity. Goodness knows what he will do after an election. When it comes to foreign investment to your economic plans, your views about a range of matters, treat people as smart and they will reward you accordingly.There are reports around today that there are bikies in Peter Dutton's electorate with Medicare placards. (SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY) Complete rubbish.To the CFA dispute. There are reports today that Daniel Andrews was acting on your request to end the dispute when he sacked the CFA board. Did you ask him to intervene in the dispute to end it before the campaign? Secondly, Jack Rush has said today this deal provides unprecedented powers to the CFA within the CFA to the UFU and the EBA undermines the role and independence of volunteers. Doesn't that mean you should support what with
Malcolm Turnbull is trying to do with the Fair Work Act?To your first point, rubbish, it is a State issue. In terms of Malcolm Turnbull negotiations.
and the concern about the CFA negotiations. I have this view. What it is about is the safety of Victorians. What is about is the speedy resolution of this dispute. I am a Victorian. I am up for solutions which move this dispute along to a resolution. I am up for proposals which improve the safety of Victoria. It has dragged on but the point about it is every dispute end.
has the beginning, a middle and end. This dispute will resolve. In terms of Mr Turnbull's contribution. Does anyone think if Malcolm
there wasn't a Federal election, Malcolm Turnbull would have anything to say about this issue? I have a track record of supporting volunteers. I voted for that in the Federal Parliament. There is a section in the Fair Work Act, it is but
division eight, it is ss.108-112 but you will need to check that - these sections go towards the rights of volunteers, when they are off fighting fires and doing other volunteer matters, to make sure they are not unfairly prejudiced by their existing employer. Labor put those protections in for volunteers. We are not new arrivals on the issues of respecting volunteers. We know that the Liberals voted against the final Fair Work Act in the Senate. That is why I say I have no doubt Mr Turnbull wants to use volunteers as political pawns in his pursuit of power. The truth is you look at the solutions, I am interested in solutions to improve the safety of Victorians and solutions which speed up the resolution of these matters. These are difficult matters. What they don't need at a State issue is grandstanding from Federal political leaders chasing votes on another agenda altogether. On the privatisation of Medicare, how can you argue that the Coalition wants to privatise this vaccination contract when in 2008 it was Labor that awarded the Human papillomavirus a national register to Victorian psychology services? When we talk about the privatisation of Medicare, we know that the Government got caught with their hands in the cookie jar. They didn't want to reveal they were spending $5 million to investigate the privatisation of the payments system. That came out in Senate Estimates. Mr Turnbull pretends it didn't happen. There was the effort of the media to seek information were
for Freedom of Information, they were told at the time, this is cabinet and confidence, we can't give it to you. Now Mr Turnbull says it never went to Government. This Government is trapped in its own contradictions in these matters. There has always been some private operations in terms of our Medicare system. What Labor is ground and
doing is putting a stake in the ground and we say beyond that point, no more. We are saying that when you increase the proportion of our medical system, our Medicare system, which moves from Government funding to asking individual to pay for their own services, what you are doing is ruining Medicare. We will defend Medicare. We are not convincing this Government can be trusted with the health care of Australians. We are not convinced by the Government when they propose the following measures. Billions of dollars in cuts to GP rebates because what they are doing is freezing the rebate at the 2014 level to put strain on doctors' surgeries. The Royal Australian College of GPs has said one-third of all doctors will have to stop bulk billing. You can't pretend to guarantee Medicare when you are increasing the prices of prescription medicine. You can't pretend you're guaranteeing Medicare funding when you are taking away bulk billing incentive payments.Following up from Lauren's question, you can't expect the Government to intervene in a public tender process which your health spokesman Catherine King is suggesting that the register, the vaccination register should be guaranteed it would not go to a full profit organisation, the Government can't intervene in such a process?It depends how far the contracts are aligned. You have to respect signed contracts. If we want to talk about tenders and contracts, the grandad of all big contracts was the submarines contract. That process at first, if Labor hadn't been strong, that was a done deal, it was going to one bidder. That was the giant contract, $50 billion. This Government, when they quote about tenders and contracts has form. They were willing to park money in the Victorian East West Link hadn't
project, even though the first road hadn't been built and they were parking billions of dollars. This Government is dodgy when they do contracts.
their work about tenders and contracts. We won't interfere with any contracts which are signed. That is sensible, reasonable moderate Government and politics. When I think about the submarine debate, some of you followed this issue over the last two and a half years because you are interested in jobs in SA. Imagine if Labor didn't dig in and oppose that process? There would have been no tender process for the subs. If Labor didn't stand against the tide of Tony Abbott's determination to have the submarine contracts sent to Japan? We would have a different prospect for the future of ship building in Australia.Would you consider a new code of conduct for Labor affiliated unions that takes into account the issues in raising the Royal Commission whereby senior officials who breach the guidelines would put at risk that union losing their affiliation status?I don't accept the proposition in the question that all unions are doing bad things. In terms of the standards I expect of any member of the Labor Party - I am not going to single out union people, I will single out all people. The standards I expect Malcolm Turnbull would expect of some of his people. You don't break the law. If you get criminal findings against you, you're not welcome in our party and you shouldn't be welcome in any political party. Whether or not we need another standard in addition to the law of the land, we have our owner standards in terms of what we apply and move on. No political party should have any time for any shonky conduct and I still haven't heard this Government answer what is going on with Parakelia. The Liberal washing machine turning taxpayer money into Liberal Party profits. That is not good enough. Part of your question goes to standards in politics. It is about time that the Liberal Party fronted up and answered their questions on campaign finance reform. Why is it that the Liberals have so much trouble with sailing close to the breeze on fund raising? They won't support the declaration and disclosure of donors who donate over more than $1,000?The PM says that you are run by unions and that you would run the country like a union. We fully expect you to reject that but can you give us insight into the way that a Shorten Government would incorporate the views of unions and how much influence they would have in your Government?I have spent my adult life representing people, trying to stand up for working people but also make sure they work in cooperative enterprises. You saw the way I went around this work site. Whilst I have never been here before, I am interested in what the office staff do, what the engineers, management does. I am interested in how people are getting paid and are they happy at work? I would make sure we would work with employees and their representatives, employers and their representatives. I would work with business and I always have. I just won't work for business. There is another question inherent in all this. I am happy to explain and put my record of standing up for working people and happy to explain to Australians that we would govern in the national interest. I would bring people to the table. I don't believe in having the old fashioned idea of employee versus employer. That is not the future for Australia. Just as I don't believe in the CFA dispute that we will see, over the long term, this fisher which has currently occurred between volunteers and career firefighters. That has to mend. It will mend. I see my job as a leader of Australia is to bring people together. What inspiration is watching Hawke and Keating in 1983. Not everyone agreed with the the
changes they brought in but I liked brings
the way they drove change. It brings people to the table. Mr Turnbull has a hang up about trade union members and he complains about them. All voices are legitimate in Australian public life and deserve to be heard. I have to say one thing which I don't understand is why has Mr Turnbull decided, like workers and their respectives, why is Mr Turnbull so determined not to have a banking Royal Commission. That is an issue which affects every Australian. I wish Mr Turnbull would shed some of his background and respect the people
voice and views of the Australian people who absolutely want a banking Royal Commission.In the CFA dispute, will you look at any proposed changes the Government puts forward in terms of legislation or do you not believe any changes are needed?If it is a solution, I have provided the test. I don't mind who has the idea. It could be Malcolm Turnbull, it could be Daniel Andrews, it could be a volunteer fire brigade captain or a career firefighter. The identity of the person proposing the change is not the issue. The issue is twofold. Are proposals to try and resolve the dispute going to achieve two things. One, make Victoria safer. At the end of the day, that is why the volunteers are the volunteers, the career firefighters are the career firefighters. I want to see a safer Victoria. Secondly, we want to see a more speedy resolution of the dispute and a definite listening to the concerns of volunteers. Whether or not that involves Federal legislation, we will wait and see the detail. No-one has seen the detail. I won't rule anything out at all. What I am interested in, is not the political grandstanding or using volunteers as some cannon fodder in a Federal election campaign. I am interested in the safety of Victorians, respecting our volunteers and making sure we get to a speedy resolution. It is straightforward.You were addressing the workers there and talking about the Xenophon penalty rates policy. Do you and your candidates in SA feel as though you are fighting two forces?No, we are standing up for penalty rates. I know exactly who I am fighting for. I am fighting for workers and penalty rates. Anyone who wants to come after penalty rates via a legislative mechanism, I will fight them. They will have to come through my Labor candidates and me if they want to go after penalty rates. I don't mind who it is, they have to come through Labor if they want to try legislative means to attack penalty rates. We will stand up for them.Justice Minister Michael Keenan has effectively accused Labor's candidates of being soft on terrorism. She wrote a letter suggesting some people would be candidates for a deradicalisation program during sentencing submissions are Mr Keenan's comments a smear and do you think it is because the Liberal Party is struggling to hold their seat?It is a desperate smear. I won't repeat the allegations. That is what the attack dogs of the Liberals want me to do. That is where we farewell viewers on ABC in WA. If you want to continue to watch this, you can do so on ABC News 24.

You would be more likely go to Anne Ali than Michael Keenan. President Obama and the White House, the Department of Homeland Security in the US invited Anne Ali to the White House, they didn't invite Michael Keenan. I don't know if he is jealous of Anne or there is a political motive to smear an up and coming Labor candidate. It is not good enough for Mr Turnbull to say he doesn't know what is going on. This guy cannot wander around Australia disowning the Liberal Party. He is the leader. He needs to call off the attack dogs after Anne Ali. If President Obama, and the Department of Homeland Security regard her as a global expert on deradicalisation, we can do better than Mr Keenan implying the opposite. Anne Ali has made it clear because of her views of standing up to counter radicalisation, she has been put on the kill lists of extremist groups. The truth is Anne Ali is an outstanding Australian. I know the Liberal Party want to get votes by smearing Labor candidates. They should back off this one altogether.Should the Liberal Party review the way it goes about its fund raising, having had to apologise to the PM's wife on top mentioned?
of the Parakeelia issue you mentioned?I have a great deal of respect for Lucy Turnbull and I wish the Liberal Party didn't embroil her in their fund raising. The Liberal Party time and time again seem to sail close to the wind when it comes to fund raising. I don't know what it is about Liberals and money but it seems to get them into trouble. I think the Liberal Party would be well advised to back in our sensible reforms to campaign finance. Why on earth does the Liberal Party fight tooth and nail to hide the identity of donors when we say that if you are willing to give $1,000, you should put your name to it. This Parakeelia scandal still wanders on and the Liberal Party is hoping everyone has forgotten, they have a Liberal Party owned company being paid by taxpayer money and then funneling the money back to the Liberal Party in the form of profits but no less a figure than Ron Walker in 2002 handed over the Treasuriship of the Liberal Party to Malcolm Turnbull. Malcolm Turnbull cannot pretend he is a separate person to the Liberal Party. He has to stand up on marriage equality and make a stand Australian
about them smearing a great Australian like Anne Ali. He has to clean up his shop when it comes to finance campaign reform. He needs to come clean in terms of his not credible ads. He is not guaranteeing education of Medicare funding. He is contradicting Cory Bernardi. We all know Cory is itching to tell his side of the story. I thought he would wait until 3 July but we can see Cory Bernardi is clearly frustrated with what he considers to be the lack of credibility of what Malcolm Turnbull is saying and Malcolm Turnbull, this pattern of behaviour about his poor credibility is exposed when he wanders into this CFA dispute, with no detail. I am interested in working with Daniel Andrews. What I do want to do is any contribution that the rest of us make at the national level for what is primarily a State issue, has to achieve better safety for Victorians and speedy resolution and get the volunteers back working with the career firefighters. Have you been briefed on the two Australians that have been kip napped in Nigeria?It is a most serious matter. MacMahon is a big company. I hope the Government will brief us. On the note of unity, what you are talking about these Australians, whose whereabouts are unknown, that is an appropriate ending to this press conference. From Adelaide the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten with his major media conference of the day about a week to
out from the election, continuing to focus on Labor's support for Medicare and taking questions over