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(generated from captions) affect.We have unfortunately got to leave it there. Thank you for talking to us this morning.Thank you, Joe.The Treasurer Scott Morrison is speaking at Parliament House. Let's listen.Real estate assets owned and illegally acquired by foreigners has been forced to acquiesce 14 properties today. It is at the low end of the market as well, not just the high end of the market, where many Australians have trying to get into the market. We're trying to ensure - I think with some success - that our foreign investment rules are enforced on every occasion and to those who think they can chrome in and snatch away some property from the hands of Australian home buyers, well, we have got news for you. You will be forced to sell it and to do that forthwith. REPORTER: Are you disappointed that Senator Bernardi is leaving the Liberal Party?As far as I am aware there has been no such announcement. Do you think he should make his intentions clear?That is a matter for Senator Bernardi. Senator Bernardi is a former president of the sawn division of the Liberal Party, a former vice president of the Federal Police. He's a long history of his service within the Liberal Party and Liberal Party members have supported him strongly in his roles as a Liberal senator. At the last election he was elected as a Liberal senator by Liberal voters to support the Liberal Party in this Parliament and be part of our team. What he chooses to do is for him to decide and for others to imply or suggest what he might or might not do or the reasons for it, only Senator Bernardi can answer those questions.Do you still believe the Liberal Party is the broad church that John Howard said it was?Yes.Are you prepared to grandfather the cuts to the Family Tax Benefit supplement if that is what is required?I had a very - I had another very constructive conversation, I think, with the NXT team on Friday, which dealt with a wide range of issues from everything from ensuring a better tax arrangements for Australian companies so they can play more Australians and give them more hours and make sure Australia remains competitive as a place for investment and because without investment you can't have security about jobs. So we talked about that. We talked about the many billions of dollars worth of Social Services savings which are necessary to get the budget back to the balance. Why is that important? Because we have to pay for the benefits we hand out todaywith today's money and not put taxes on future generations of Australians to pay for the welfare benefits today's Australians are getting. That is just simply unfair to future generations. We need to ensure that these things are aligned we talked about that issue. We spoke about the important issue of child care. We devised a series of reforms that have always been linked to paying for those reforms. You can solve Australia's problems by continuing ramping up the deficit. That is Labor's approach. You solve it by ensuring that you betterious public money and in this case how we deal with Family Tax Benefits to channel those funds into more affordable child care. So this year the government as always is focusing on things that are pressuring Australia's household and business budgets. The pressure is on their energy costs and their rents and the pressure is on being able to buy a house and the increasingly unaffordable cost of child care. These are the chin things that the Government is focused on and particularly as we move towards the budget in May. That is our focus. REPORTER: Are you worried about the rise of Pauline Hanson?What I am focused on is addressing the pressures that Australians are feeling, whether it is in metropolitan areas or whether it is in rural and regional areas. The impacts of things like globalisation, tekt logical change, ideologically driven renewable energy targets from the Labor starts and supported by the Labor Party here federally that clear on the closure of coal seam gas -- coal-fired power stations and the loss of jobs that go with it. It is up to the Liberal Party to address the concerns of those Australians. This year, more so I would argue than probably any other year, it is important that we tell those Australians who are frustrated that we see reflected in these results today that this government will address the concerns that you have. We understand them. We are highly sympathetic to them and we are working night and day to dress our policies continually to address those needs. Now, we noticed today that Bill Shorten has gone backwards. Bill Shorten has gone backwards again and Bill Shorten has proved to be no alternative. Last week we saw him, his feet to the fire in a test of leadership and they melted. This is a bloke who frankly is not up to that job. He is a political hack leading a party of hacks. REPORTER: Why do you think that focus that the government has is not being reflecked in, say, today's Newspoll?Governments don't govern on the basis of tomorrow's poll. Governments govern on the basis of a term of government delivering on our commitments. Over the summer we were delivering important changes that is restoring the budget to balance. Difficult decisions which we know are not always popular, but are necessary to get the budget back into balance for the reason that I said before and that is that future generations don't have to pay for the benefits that current generations are receiving. Now, that is a core principle of equity to say that as a generation, my generation, your generation, is going to pay for the benefits that we are paying out to the current generation and the not put that burden on future generations. That is required some difficult decisions. So we will govern for the term. We will govern for the long-term. We will govern to put Australia's economic strength, our national security front and centre because, a at the end of the day, na is what addresses the very real hurts and pains that Australians are feeling that is reflected in these numbers. So the response to it is good policy, strong economic management and focus on national security. REPORTER: Are you saying that those difficult decisions that you have made are the reason for people's grumpiness that people are seeing? The poll?That is what you are saying.How do you explain the grumpiness?I am not here to interpret a poll. What I am here to say is the way that the Government will continue to conduct itself is to continue on issues like housing affordability, rental affordability, energy affordability, child care affordability, growing the economy and agreeing investment to ensure that the company that Australians work for actually can continue to employ them and give them more hours. Remember, there are 100,000 businesses employing 2.2 million Australians who we want the give a tax cut to this year. Right now! We will be pursuing that change, along with the rest of the enterprise tax plan through this sitting of the Parliament to ensure that those Australians get the best opportunity for job security, more hours and better wages. So that is what we are focused on.Christopher Pyne has left the door open to abandoning the plebiscite if and when there is a government bill on marriage equality, do you think that the Liberal party room should consider a free vote or is it plebisciter o bust?The government made its position clear on this at the last election and that is where it remains. REPORTER: Is it fair enough you could debate your policy subsequent to the plebiscite not going ahead and take a new policy to the next election? Is that plusable?You know what? This is not an issuethat is focusing the Government's attention. It is not an b issue --It is the focus of the attention for many.I will leave the fake news to other. This is not an issue focusing the Government's attention. What the government is focused on absolutely is ensuring strength in the economy, agreeing jobs, growing the security of jobs and the extra hours that people need to earn more. National security and the preservation and further answer of our aligns and trade relationships, deliver those opportunities and to take the pressure off household budgets wherever we can, whether it is on energy, child care, housing affordability, rental affordability. That is what the government is focused on and bringing the budget back to balance so we can move forward from a position of strength. When we came into government we were put into a position of weakness by the fiscal recklessness of the Labor Party. What today's result shows is that no-one has an appetite to go back to Labor. The Labor option is not seen as a good option and there is in surprise about that. People remember what Labor did to the economy, what they did to jobs, what they did to this country and what they did to our borders and they don't want to go back there. They want the government to more effectively address their concerns and that is what we will be doing and that is what we will continue to do. Thank you very much for your time.That was live from Parliament House in Canberra. So, in the last hour or so, the ABC's Political Editor Chris Uhlmann reported that it appears that Senator Corey Bernadi is about to leave the Liberal Party within the next two days. The Treasurer Scott Morrison is saying there he is unaware of any impending move, but he reit straited that Corey Bernadi was elect as a Liberal senator to serve as a Liberal. Mr Morris son keen to get the interest back on energy, security and tax cuts. Ben Lisson joins us. You will get to Australian sport in a moment but first Super Bowl news for us.100 million viewers are expected for Super Bowl 51 for the Patriots and Fan coles. Peter Lusted is out at a venue where people are getting ready to take in the game. What is the atmosphere like down there, Peter?It is fantastic. It has been building since think let even in about 8:00. Fans from both teams here. Plenty of frivolity. Chicken wings and beer. We are lucky to have fan all the way from Atlanta here with us. Joel. Thank you for being with us. To have the Falcons in the Super Bowl. What does it mean to fans in Atlanta?It is such a big deal. We haven't been here since '78. For the Falcons to be in it is just excite fogger the whole city, like for all of the years that we've had professional teams, this is like a really big one for us. Our team has been so good this year. Top the I really think we can win it and I think a lot of Atlanta fans are not just happy to be here. We want to whip this one. 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