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Transcript of doorstop: Canberra: 12 September 2018: divided and unstable Liberal Party; stable and united Labor team; Peter Dutton scandals; bullying of women in the Liberal Party; Liberals' $2 billion cut from aged care



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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING

SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

E&OE TRANSCRIPT

DOORSTOP INTERVIEW

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA, CANBERRA

WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2018

SUBJECTS: Divided and unstable Liberal Party; Stable and united Labor

team; Peter Dutton scandals; Bullying of women in the Liberal Party;

Liberals’ $2 billion cut from aged care.

TANYA PLIBERSEK, DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: Well today we

see the beginning of another day of chaos and division from the Liberals. You've

got a Prime Minister who can't answer why he is Prime Minister, why he knifed the

previous Prime Minister. In fact, Scott Morrison yesterday tried to pretend that

greatness was thrust upon him, he didn't seek greatness it was thrust upon him.

You've got the Deputy Leader of the National Party Bridget McKenzie, when she's

asked can she explain why there's been a change of Prime Minister 'no', you've got

Christopher Pyne, normally such a strong defender of the Government - he can't

even keep a straight face when he says that the Government is getting on with the

business of governing. You've got internal fights, Liberal leaking against Liberal,

new leaks every day. You've got the Liberals and Nationals at each other's throats,

you've got a Home Affairs Minister completely distracted by accusations that he's

done favours for mates, getting jobs for mates, getting au pairs for mates and all

this time what this Government can’t do is focus on the needs of the nation. In

contrast Labor is united and disciplined, we're focused on making sure Australians

have a good job, with decent pay and conditions, a great school to send their

children to, a hospital when they need it, lower power prices and lower pollution in

an energy policy that really delivers. Thanks, any questions?

JOURNALIST: Has Peter Dutton gone too far when it comes to Parliamentary

privilege with his comments yesterday about Roman Quaedvlieg and the term

grooming?

PLIBERSEK: Well I think you saw in Peter Dutton's unhinged performance

yesterday, a man under desperate pressure - cracking under that pressure. It's

important for Peter Dutton as a Minister of the Crown to be prepared to answer

questions about whether he has used his ministerial powers correctly, that is

standard, every minister should face that level of scrutiny and they should do it with

better grace than Peter Dutton did yesterday.

JOURNALIST: Is he Labor's Godwin Grech?

PLIBERSEK: Well, it's really interesting, isn't it, how Peter Dutton is trying to make

this Labor's problem. Mr Quaedvlieg has made statements to a Senate Enquiry,

properly constituted Senate Enquiry into his actions, but he's not the only one

who's made statements to that Senate Enquiry. By using publicly available

information Labor has asked reasonable questions that relate to Peter Dutton's

responsibility to be accountable for his decision making, that is a basic foundation

of the Westminster System of government, that a Minister in Question Time should

be able to and prepared to answer questions about how and why they have made

certain decisions. I think Peter Dutton's extraordinary behaviour says more about

him than it says about anything else.

JOURNALIST: The Government is bringing forward aged care funding, does

Labor welcome that announcement?

PLIBERSEK: Oh you've got to be kidding me? This Government cut $2 billion from

aged care and now they're throwing in a few million extra and people are supposed

to applaud them. They cut $2 billion from aged care, you've got hundreds of

thousands of people on waiting lists for either home care packages or for

residential aged care. This Government's record on aged care has been truly

appalling and if they think that people will forget $2 billion worth of cuts when they

throw in $16 million for some little program, they are absolutely kidding

themselves. Before the last budget the Government went out all excited about how

they were going to increase the number of care packages and what we found on

Budget night is that they shifted funding from one part of the aged care system to

another part of the aged care system, they bedded down, locked in their $2 billion

of cuts and just shuffled money around within that smaller budget.

JOURNALIST: Scott Morrison has said that he has not received any bullying

complaints from members of his Party, is it disappointing that Senator Lucy

Gichuhi is no longer it seems planning to name names under Parliamentary

privilege?

PLIBERSEK: I think it's phenomenal that five women now, or is it six, have made

public comments about the Liberal Party's culture and that the Leader of the

Liberal Party says he hasn't had any complaints. He's also said, just incidentally,

that he’s referred complaints to the Whip or that the Whip is investigating

complaints - I don't know how he can say that there are no complaints but the

Whip is investigating, but he doesn't believe any of the complaints anyway. This is

part of the problem with the Liberal Party when you've got only about a quarter of

your Parliamentary representatives being women, the culture is a very difficult

culture for those women when they do speak up. Thanks, everyone.

ENDS

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