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Transcript of doorstop: Canberra: 12 September 2018: child care system debacle; Peter Dutton under pressure to explain what the go is with the au pairs; Scott Morrison bullying Tasmania on GST



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THE HON AMANDA RISHWORTH MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND

DEVELOPMENT

SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL

MEMBER FOR KINGSTON

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DOORSTOP INTERVIEW

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA

WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2018

SUBJECTS: Child care system debacle, Peter Dutton under pressure to

explain what the go is with the au pairs, Scott Morrison bullying Tasmania on

GST

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND

DEVELOPMENT, AMANDA RISHWORTH MP: While this government is in

absolute shambles, absolute chaos, fighting amongst itself it has emerged that 130

early educators are at risk of not being paid as a result of the government’s

bungled IT system. For some time now we know that the government’s child care

system has been making families worse off but of course many families have been

struggling with the IT system. Instead of actually working to support these families,

to support these centres we now know this government have been completely

focused on itself, completely focused on who is going to win the top job in its Game

of Thrones leadership spill and quite frankly the Australian people deserve more.

People deserve a government that is focused on them and not focused on who is

going to have the top job and who is fighting with who. Now we see that it is

educators in Queensland that are at risk of not getting their pay which they have

worked hard for looking after children. It is just not good enough and it is time for

the government to act.

In other news of the day of course we have seen- quite frankly- an explanation

from Peter Dutton that does not pass the pub test. It is time for Peter Dutton to be

straight with the Australian people, to ask questions in a straight forward manner in

a way that Australians understand because at the moment Australians are

scratching their heads and there are so many questions that Peter Dutton has to

answer. Of course what we saw yesterday was a Minister under pressure, a

Minister that is lashing out and a Minister that quite clearly is frustrated about being

held accountable by the parliament but of course a Minister that is frustrated about

not being Prime Minister of this country. It is now time that the Prime Minister take

leadership, to demand Peter Dutton is accountable to the parliament, is

accountable to the Australian people.

JOURNALIST: Do you think Dutton should apologise and retract his sexual

grooming slur that he made to the parliament yesterday?

RISHWORTH: What I want to see Peter Dutton do is actually make a full

explanation about the events that occurred in terms of the au pairs in Australia. I

want him to answer the questions straight up. And, what I want him to do is rather

than trying to deflect attention onto other people, I want he-himself to stand up and

be accountable. I think that is what the Australian people expect and what the

Australian deserve.

JOURNALIST: And the ‘jobs for mates’ saga, do you think that shows the need for

a National Integrity Commission?

RISHWORTH: Labor has been very very clear about wanting to see a National

Integrity Commission. We have been very clear that that is our policy if we are

elected at the next election that we will introduce a federal ICAC. We think it is long

overdue and something that needs to happen. It has been unfortunate that the

Liberal Party and the National Party- the government - that have been resistant to

that change. It is a clear contrast when you have got the government fighting

amongst itself, refusing to answer questions to the Australian people on one hand

and you have got Bill Shorten and the Labor Party focused on the Australian

people and very keen to deliver good policy- including a National Integrity

Commission to this country.

JOURNALIST: Okay, last question; how concerning are reports the PM called the

Tasmanian Treasurer- and excuse my language, ‘a f****** mendicant’?

RISHWORTH: Look, I won’t repeat that language because I think it is not right in

this place. What that shows is a Prime Minister- then Treasurer- that is not in touch

with what Tasmanian’s want and quite frankly not a good diplomat. He clearly

showed that he is not good at working with others, if that report is true. It is time for

the Prime Minister to be honest about where he stands on the GST. Of course, I

come from the state of South Australia that doesn’t want to see GST money that

goes to hospitals and schools ripped away- if that is the attitude towards the

Treasurer of Tasmania, I am assuming he has the same attitude to the Treasurer

of South Australia and quite frankly it is just not good enough.

ENDS

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