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Transcript of interview with Leila McKinnon: Today, Nine Network : April 28, 2013: Pollie Pedal 2013; National Disability Insurance Scheme; GST; Clive Palmer



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Interview with Leila McKinnon, Today, Nine Network April 28, 2013

Subjects: Pollie Pedal 2013; National Disability Insurance Scheme; GST; Clive Palmer.

E&OE……………………….…………………………………………………………………

LEILA McKINNON:

Tony Abbott is hitting the road again, taking part in the Pollie Pedal ride from Adelaide to Geelong. It is quite the distance -1,000km and it’s all to raise money for a good cause. Mr Abbott is about to set off this morning. He joins us now. 1,000km, it is a

long ride, but you have raised a lot of money over the years?

TONY ABBOTT:

Leila, thank you. Yes. We're raising money for Carers Australia - a very, very good cause. I hope that we will raise about $700,000 for Carers Australia, and also for the Manly Women's Shelter, in the course of this Pollie Pedal and that will bring to over $3

million, the amount of money that this ride has raised since it first started in 1998.

LEILA McKINNON:

Brilliant and it is all your initiative, well done, good for you. Carers, of course, the unsung heroes of Australia. What more could the Coalition do for carers if it were to get into power?

TONY ABBOTT:

You are right, Leila. There are about 2.5 million carers looking after well over half a million people with serious disabilities in our

country and they are 24/7, and we need to do the right thing by them. One of the things, of course, that all sides of politics are pursuing is the National Disability Insurance Scheme. That is something that the Coalition has supported every step of the way.

One of the suggestions that I've made to the Prime Minister, which I regret to say she has not thus far taken up, is the idea of a bipartisan parliamentary committee, that would be co-chaired by both sides’ Disability Spokespeople and that would help to drive

the National Disability Insurance Scheme, make sure it didn't lose momentum over the three terms of Parliament that would be needed to see it fully operational and to make sure that all nine governments in this country are fully committed to it.

LEILA McKINNON:

Yes, things are certainly not moving quickly enough. Now, 1,000km - that is quite the distance but you are an athlete. How have

you prepared for the ride?

TONY ABBOTT:

Leila, I try to stay reasonably fit, but I wouldn't describe myself as an athlete. The great thing about this ride is that there are people of varying levels of fitness and, including some quite senior people, people in their 70s, who will be doing this ride. It just

goes to show that you don't have to be an Olympic athlete to stay fit. You don't have to be young and at your absolute physical prime to do cycling, serious cycling. It is a really, really good past-time.

LEILA McKINNON:

I think our Director might miss the sight of you in your budgie smugglers because she keeps splashing up shots of it but you are in

your bike shorts today. Can I just address a couple of political questions to you before you head off?

TONY ABBOTT:

Sure.

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LEILA McKINNON:

Wayne Swan has indicated that he believes you're a big supporter of broadening the base of the GST, and of, in fact, raising it - is

that something that voters could expect from a Coalition government?

TONY ABBOTT:

Look, this is typical pre-election scare stuff from the government, from a desperate government. We fully support the existing GST system and we have no plans to change it.

LEILA McKINNON:

Now, Clive Palmer was on our show yesterday, aiming to be Prime Minister. How concerned are you about that?

TONY ABBOTT:

Look, every election throws up a crop of people who think that they have all the answers to Australia's problems but in the end, in

the end, if you want to change the government, you've got to vote for the Liberal National Coalition. I'm confident that the Australian people are savvy enough to see through the flim-flam and the celebrities and just focus on, 'do you or don't you want to

change the government?' If you do want to change the government, you have got to vote for the Liberal National Coalition. There is no other way to change the government - you can’t vote for an independent, you can’t vote for a minor party. If you want to

change the government, you have got to vote for the Coalition.

LEILA McKINNON:

Well, you have 1,000km to go. So, we will let you hit the road. Thank you for coming on the show.

TONY ABBOTT:

Thanks so much Leila.

[ends]

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