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Transcript of joint doorstop interview: St George, Queensland: 2 September 2011: Julia Gillard's carbon tax; Australian Labor Party



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

2 September 2011

TRANSCRIPT OF THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR JOINT DOORSTOP INTERVIEW WITH THE HON WARREN TRUSS MHR, LEADER OF THE NATIONALS AND SENATOR BARNABY JOYCE, LEADER OF THE NATIONALS IN THE SENATE

ST GEORGE, QUEENSLAND

Subjects: Julia Gillard’s carbon tax; Australian Labor Party.

E&OE……………………….……………………………………………………………

TONY ABBOTT:

Look it’s great to be here in St George. I’m very pleased to have had the chance, along with Warren Truss, to have opened Barnaby Joyce’s electoral office here in St George in western Queensland. I’m also very pleased to have had the chance to visit the Moonrocks farm today. This is typical of the dynamic agricultural industry of this region and it’s typical of farms that are going to be badly hit by Labor’s carbon tax.

Speaking of carbon tax, obviously there is now a crisis of confidence in the Government in Canberra. There is a growing paralysis in the Government in Canberra. The Australian people want a strong and confident government in Canberra and that’s not what they are getting under Labor right now.

There is a better way and only the Coalition can deliver it. I think that there is a real problem with policy in this Government but the only way to change the policy is to change the Government and the only way to change the Government is to have an election. It’s very important that our national leadership is chosen by the people, not by the faceless men and that’s why more and more Australians are saying let’s have an election. The minority government is an experiment that’s failed.

Warren?

WARREN TRUSS:

This is Australia and Australians are embarrassed about their government and the way in which it’s performing. It’s just time for the people to be given an opportunity to have a new say and to choose a government which will be competent for the future. This Government is demonstrating that it is a convey of incompetence and the only way it can be changed is for a new election.

BARNABY JOYCE:

Look, the Australian people have been saying for ages what’s now become evident in the Labor Party. Within the Labor Party we have basically the meltdown that the Australian people have been predicting. It is

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beholden on the Australian Labor Party to let the Australian people determine which way this nation now goes. We cannot go on like this. This is not a government; this is some perverse form of romper room running the country and it has got to change. The dignity of the Australian people is better than this. The Australian people deserve more than this. The Australian people demand an election and it for those honourable people who are still in the Labor Party, they know that that is the honourable thing to do. Go back to the polls.

TONY ABBOTT:

Ok. Do you have a question?

QUESTION:

The High Court decision; does this put Julia Gillard’s leadership at stake?

TONY ABBOTT:

I just think that it’s deeply un-prime ministerial for the leader of this country to be engaging in the kind of verbal abuse of the High Court that we’ve seen over the last 24 hours. In the end you’ve got to respect the great institutions that make up our system. The High Court is an important institution and the decisions of the Court have got to be respected by government.

QUESTION:

And it’s still unclear if the High Court decision means that all offshore processing is ruled out, what would you do as an alternative?

TONY ABBOTT:

We’ve been saying really for two years now that if you’re serious about stopping the boats you’ve got to re-open Nauru, you’ve got to reintroduce temporary protection visas and you’ve got to have the option of turning boats around, where it’s safe to do so. Now, there is nothing in the High Court’s decision which stops us from reopening Nauru. If the Government is serious that’s what it will do. Yes, it would be a terrible humiliation for Prime Minister Gillard, it might be a humiliation that she’s not prepared to accept but if the Government wants to take control of our borders once again it’s got to put the policies in place that we know from past practise will work.

WARREN TRUSS:

Julia Gillard has been criticising Chief Justice French for changing his mind. This is the woman who said “there will be no carbon tax under the government I lead”!

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