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Transcript of interview: Star 102.7 Cairns: 23 January 2019

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The Hon. Scott Morrison MP Prime Minister




PRESENTER: Good morning ScoMo.

PRIME MINISTER: How are you going guys? It’s great to be here.

PRESENTER: Mate, thanks for coming up to Far North Queensland.

PRIME MINISTER: Always a pleasure.

PRESENTER: What sort of stuff have you been doing over the last few days?

PRIME MINISTER: Well on the first day we announced funding for the hospital, $60 million which is going to free up 150 beds here, create 150 new beds which means you don’t have to go south for treatment. But it’s also investing in the work that’s being done out at JCU, tropical medicines, all of this. They have become a real world institution when it comes to that research, great scientists out there doing tremendous work.

But yesterday I was up in Cooktown and you know, Cooktown is a very special place. So it’s the first time I got to go there, I have been wanting to go there for a long time and we made the announcement to support their local plan for how they want to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Cook’s voyage and that has had a big part in the local history up there and they’ve been doing that for the last 60 years. They’ve had the same committee who has been doing it, indigenous, non-indigenous Australians working together. It is a great story of how we can make Cook’s commemoration being a story of reconciliation which is why we’ve put some funding into that as well, not just here but around the country.

PRESENTER: And I noticed too, you announced some funding for the replica of the Endeavour to do a bit of a sail around Australia.

PRIME MINISTER: Yeah that was part of that, so they’ll go up the east coast of Australia, which is the re-enactment of what happened, but it’ll also do a full circumnavigation to take those stories of reconciliation all around the country. Because wherever he went, he sought to do that. I mean, it was a long time ago and it was a different time and there were different pressures and all the rest of it. But the beautiful story up at Reconciliation Rocks up in Cooktown is a fantastic one - broken spear and the reconciliation of how that was achieved and, frankly, that’s what we need to do today. And we can’t walk away from our history or crabwalk away and we shouldn’t sneer at it either which I know some people have been doing lately. I believe we need to understand our history in all its detail, all its flaws, all its successes and appreciate it and come together around it.

PRESENTER: We did have the Endeavour replica here maybe seven years ago, I went and took my daughter - one of the best things I ever did. It’s fascinating

PRIME MINISTER: Did you get on board?

PRESENTER: Yeah you go on board. There’s not a lot of room is there?

PRIME MINISTER: Yeah I’ve been on board. No, there’s not, and you think about after Banks had stuffed all the plants and other specimens that he got right up here on the Endeavour River. The vast majority of collections that he took were actually taken up on the Endeavour River, because they were there for 48 days. They were only in my neck of the woods for about a week, but they came up and the charts that he did on the east coast of Australia were still being used centuries later.

PRESENTER: It would be like a moon mission. I mean, back then in the 1700s, there’s a good chance you’re not going to come back.

PRIME MINISTER: Little known fact...

PRESENTER: You don’t really have a Navman, do you?

PRIME MINISTER: No, you don’t. People only know you went if you came back.


James T Kirk, no kidding, he was modelled on James Cook.

PRESENTER: Was he really?

PRIME MINISTER: Gene Roddenberry said that. It was in a book that was written by Tony Horowitz, who visited Cooktown, a British fellow I think he was, or he might have been American. But yeah, he told that story. James T Kirk was James Cook.

PRESENTER: Based on Cook?

PRIME MINISTER: Yeah, because he went where no one went before. And you go up to the museum in Cooktown, you’ll see that quote from Cook, and you’ll go the Enterprise.

PRESENTER: There it is.

PRIME MINISTER: Not the Endeavour, the Enterprise. Trekkies are coming to Cooktown now from all over the world, look out.


PRESENTER: Now, we’re on a bit of a campaign trail ourselves at the moment, we think this is really important for our region. Did you ever play Monopoly as a child?

PRIME MINISTER: Still do, and yeah I did.

PRESENTER: Here’s what I want to know though - do you play the electronic version?

PRIME MINISTER: I have, but I don’t like it as much.

PRESENTER: No, it’s hard to cheat when you’re the banker.

PRIME MINISTER: My daughter and I, we did it one day because you can do it on Apple TV and with an app. It was alright but I much prefer, and we still do it, the old school way. Yeah, it’s good fun.

PRESENTER: But don’t you love that every once in a while, the monopoly board gets flipped upside down, there’s a tantrum?

PRIME MINISTER: Oh yeah, it’s not free of arguments. The kids were playing over the holiday break with some friends that were around and had to be closely supervised.

PRESENTER: It’s been causing family fights since 1926.


PRIME MINISTER: That’s right.

PRESENTER: And my favourite trick is when you think that there’s no money left, you pop the board up and I’ve got a $500 hidden there. You think what, where did that come from?

PRIME MINISTER: You sound like a pretty shrewd player.



PRIME MINISTER: What’s your strategy?


PRESENTER: We’d just like, as Prime Minister of Australia, we’d like your endorsement for Cairns campaign to get our very own monopoly board. We understand the Gold Coast got one last year,

there’s lots of regions. I’d be surprised, Canberra would probably have one, I imagine, but we’re trying to get one here.

PRIME MINISTER: No idea. They would call it bubble Monopoly.


PRESENTER: Would you give us a thumbs up to have our own Monopoly Board here in Queensland?

PRIME MINISTER: Sure, Far North Queensland? Yeah, I think that’s be fantastic.

PRESENTER: Alright, we’ve got a petition going, we’ll ask you to sign that off air.

PRIME MINISTER: I’ll be signing that.

PRESENTER: Excellent. Well stick around, in just a sec, we’ve got this little… with Australia Day coming up this week, we’ve got a little game we’d like you to play, and it’s called “Wake me up before you ScoMo” and that’s coming up next on Star.


PRESENTER: Our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison ScoMo, joining us in the studio this morning. It was very kind of him to pop in before he heads back down south. Oz Day coming up on Saturday, Mr Morrison, what’s your plans for Oz Day this year?

PRIME MINISTER: We’ll be waking up down there in Canberra on that day. We’ve got - the night before - the Australian of the Year awards, which we’ll be there for that as well. And so, it’s a lot of official ceremonies on that day which I’m looking forward to, citizenships being handed up all around the country, including up here. So doing that and hopefully I’ll get back to Sydney in the afternoon and get down to my part of town in southern Sydney, the Shire.

PRESENTER: Nice. Now we did notice last year, you got attacked on social media because there was a Spotify playlist of your songs released and there weren’t many Australian songs in there. It was called “ScoMo’s global ‘80s” and on there is Prince, the Doobie Brothers, are you a big fan of [inaudible].

PRIME MINISTER: Oh all of these things, I grew up with all of that music. But I’ve got another one, it’s called “ScoMo’s Aussie Classics”, I’ve had that one for just as long.


PRIME MINISTER: So they asked me for particularly 80’s things, so I gave them that. I have got so many on my Australian playlist that it’s got its own one. That’s the one I used to listen to driving up and down between Cronulla and Canberra for many years.

PRESENTER: Right on.

PRIME MINISTER: So how good is Spotify when you can do that, and all those things today. I mean, I remember the days you’d make your mixtape.



PRIME MINISTER: It’d take you forever, you know, lined up on the turntable and the tape and the double click and then if you were really sad, you did it off the radio.

PRESENTER: Yes, DJs talking over the front of the song.


Which would ruin it, exactly. Well what we thought we might do, we are celebrating Australia Day, we might just test your knowledge of Australian music and play a little game this morning. You may need to put those headphones on. The game is called “Wake me up before you ScoMo, don’t leave me hanging like a garbo.” So our favourite Garbo Robbo is a whistler and he has whistled some Aussie songs for us and we just want to see if you can identify them.


PRESENTER: Are you ready to have a go?


PRESENTER: Chime in as soon as you think you might know what it is, here is the first one.

[Recording plays]


PRESENTER: Yeah, Daryl Braithwaite. Spot on. Here comes your second one.

[Recording plays]

PRIME MINISTER: Oh, Kylie Minogue, Can’t Get You Out of my Head.

PRESENTER: All over if, two from two. Let’s see if we can go three out of three.

[Recording plays]

PRIME MINISTER: You're the Voice.

PRESENTER: Straight away, that was quick.

PRIME MINISTER: That was too easy.

PRESENTER: You know your Aussie stuff. And finally, for the perfect 100 per cent score, we’ll stop that and go to this one.

[Recording plays]

PRIME MINISTER: Working Class Man, Jimmy Barnes.

PRESENTER: Correct, well done. Good stuff Scott Morrison, thank you very much for popping in. Thanks for coming up to Far North Queensland and enjoy your Oz Day on Saturday.

PRIME MINISTER: Well I hope you guys have a happy Australia Day, thanks for having us here and thanks for the people in Far North Queensland being so welcoming over the last few days, it’s been great to be here.


Contacts: Press Office, (02) 6277 7744 The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Sydney