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Transcript of doorstop: Adelaide: 21 January 2012: Simon Gerrans; poker machine reform; political integrity



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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WARRINGAH

21 January 2012

TRANSCRIPT OF THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR DOORSTOP ADELAIDE

Subjects: Simon Gerrans; Poker machine reform; Political integrity

E&OE……………………….……………………………………………………………

QUESTION:

Simon Gerrans on top, what do you think?

TONY ABBOTT:

What an extraordinary performance from Simon Gerrans, but you know he only got there because the whole of the GreenEDGE team worked very hard to get him there. One guy has got to be in front, but a lot of other guys worked to get him there and I just thought it was a great effort and a great event.

QUESTION:

Now, what’s your reaction to Andrew Wilkie withdrawing his support from the Gillard Government?

TONY ABBOTT:

I think that what we’ve seen today is confirmation that this Prime Minister just can’t ever be trusted. It shows that she’s got the keys to the Lodge under false pretences. It shows that she’s not so much a good negotiator as a great deceiver and it shows that as we go into the next election, nothing that the Prime Minister states to be a fact, can be relied upon. She’s dudded Andrew Wilkie on poker machines in the same way that she’s dudded the Australian people over a carbon tax.

QUESTION:

So what is your view on the poker machine reform?

TONY ABBOTT:

We’ve been very consistent all along on this. The best way to tackle problem gambling is through voluntary pre-commitment, through more counselling and through tackling online gambling. Now we’ve had a consistent position all along. We’ve never made promises we can’t keep. We’ve never pretended one thing to gain a political advantage, while preparing something that’s quite different.

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QUESTION:

So have you had any discussions recently with Andrew Wilkie?

TONY ABBOTT:

Who?

QUESTION:

With Andrew Wilkie.

TONY ABBOTT:

Look, I have a lot of discussions with Andrew Wilkie. I think he is a decent man. I think he is a parliamentarian of good faith and I will keep talking to him as I’ll keep talking to anyone in the Parliament who wants to talk to me.

QUESTION:

Now obviously the Government is still in power, but I mean, what does this mean for them now?

TONY ABBOTT:

This is a Government which is only there because it’s told lies. That’s the truth. They’re only there because they told lies and they will keep telling lies to try to stay there, but I think the Australian public now know, that nothing this Prime Minister says can be taken seriously.

Okay. Thank you.

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