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Transcript of interview with Tim Mcmillan: Channel 10 Morning News: 24 June 2011: Anniversary of Gillard Government



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SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

MINISTER FOR FINANCE AND DEREGULATION

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Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 Australia  Tel: (02) 6277 7400 Fax: (02) 6273 4110

PW 121/11 24 June 2011

TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW - NINE MORNING NEWS WITH TIM MCMILLAN

SUBJECT: ANNIVERSARY OF GILLARD GOVERNMENT.

E & O E - PROOF ONLY

PRESENTER: Well we’re joined now by Finance Minister Penny Wong, from Adelaide. Senator Wong, thank you for joining us. Twelve months on -

WONG: Good to be with you.

PRESENTER: Thank you. Twelve months on, can you say that the Labor Party did the right thing in getting rid of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister?

WONG: Look, I’ve no doubt that there’s always going to be a lot of commentary today. But I’ll be honest with you, we’re not focused on the past, we’re focused on the job ahead.

We’ve focused on things like rolling out the National Broadband Network, to connect Australians through faster broadband, to deliver better services in education and health. A big announcement yesterday - a very good step forward. These are the things that Julia Gillard and the Government are focused on.

PRESENTER: Well, how exactly has the working of the Government changed under Ms Gillard’s leadership? What has she been able to do that Kevin Rudd couldn’t?

WONG: I’m happy to talk to you about Julia Gillard, and Julia is extraordinarily hard working, intelligent and competent. And she’s also someone who is determined to do the right thing for the nation, even if that requires some tough times. And there’s no doubting that we have some tough times at the moment. Because we’re looking to deliver important reforms in the face of an Opposition that is simply going to block, oppose and scaremonger about anything.

But she’s determined to do what’s right, and that’s why we’re pressing ahead with things like broadband, the National Broadband Network, action on climate change, which, as you know, even John Howard agreed nearly five years ago that we needed to do something about it. So Julia is very focused, as is the Government, on these goals.

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PRESENTER: Certainly some challenges ahead. Minister Wong, thanks for joining us.

WONG: Good to be with you.

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