TONY BURKE - TRANSCRIPT - DOORSTOP - CANBERRA - THURSDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2016

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DOORSTOP
PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA
THURSDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2016

SUBJECT/S: Turnbull Government voting to explain its own failures; Secret Government chat groups.

BURKE: Parliament has had 10 days since the election. In that time we've had one afternoon where the Government lost control of the floor of the House. We've had the Treasurer introduce their largest Bill so far and contained a $100 million black hole in the middle of it. We had the Senate run out of legislation and just start chatting to each other across the chamber, and yesterday we had the Government effectively vote to condemn itself. This was, you know, a few weeks ago they were losing votes on the floor of the chamber because they'd gone home, this time they were losing votes on the floor of the chamber when they had stayed.

It's no small thing, it's not a little administrative mistake, it's not a little procedural error; this is something that has never happened before in the history of Federation, never. We've had lots of governments in that time losing control of the floor of the House, we're able to say well it's the first time since Menzies. This was the first time ever. And no matter which way you look at it you have extraordinary incompetence from this Government. 

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TONY BURKE - TRANSCRIPT - DOORSTOP - LATROBE - TUESDAY, 4 OCTOBER 2016

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DOORSTOP INTERVIEW
LATROBE
TUESDAY, 4 OCTOBER 2016

SUBJECT/S: Government’s flood response

TONY BURKE, SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER: First of all, thanks to Michael and Judy Perkins for having us out here, and obviously as well to Justine Keay, to Brian Mitchell and to Anne Urquhart who've been wanting me to get out here, so we had somebody from Federal Labor, from the ministerial level, to see it for ourselves.

I remember during the campaign when we suspended campaign operations because dealing with the floods here was meant to be above politics. That's what it was meant to be. And it is not good enough for the Prime Minister of Australia to turn up during the campaign, have all the comments that are above politics, and then after the election go missing. It’s not good enough to do that. And all were wanting, and all anyone's wanting here, is an acceptance of the fact that there has to be an offer to the farmers that are affected of more than an invitation to take on more debt. If the only thing the Commonwealth can offer is an invitation to take on more debt, that's not good enough for the farmers of Tasmania.

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TONY BURKE - TRANSCRIPT - DOORSTOP - CANBERRA - THURSDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2016

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DOORSTOP INTERVIEW
PARLIAMENT HOUSE
THURSDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2016

Subjects: Pauline Hanson’s first speech; marriage equality plebiscite; standing order changes; superannuation

REPORTER: Do Australians have a right to be concerned about Pauline Hanson’s speech last night?

BURKE: Pauline Hanson’s speech was the 1996 speech with references to people from Asia deleted and references to people whose faith is Islam inserted instead. It was the speech everyone expected Pauline Hanson to deliver. No one should think Pauline Hanson is stupid. She’s not. This was an extremely calculated speech, designed to give a particular reaction. What we also need to remember though: 95% of Australians saw One Nation on the ballot paper, and voted for someone else. There is no rise in racism across Australia. What we have is somebody who, because of a very particular circumstance in the last election, has managed to get four senators over the line, even though their vote, compared to 2001, is lower.

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TRANSCRIPT - TONY BURKE - TELEVISION INTERVIEW - SKY NEWS - THURSDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2016

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TELEVISION INTERVIEW
SKY NEWS FIRST EDITION WITH KIERAN GILBERT
THURSDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2016

Subjects: Pauline Hanson’s first speech; gay marriage plebiscite; company tax cuts.

GILBERT: With me this morning on First edition, the Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke. And Tony Burke thanks very much for your time. Obviously a lot of focus on Pauline Hanson despite there being a lot of better maiden speeches last night, including Julian Leeser’s speech, I thought it was a tremendous speech, the new member for Berowra, but what are your reflections on this maiden speech 20 years after her first appearance?

BURKE: Well it was what we expected. She’s moved from one group to throw prejudice against to a different group to throw prejudice against. But the context needs to be clear in the fact that, when it’s reported on, when it’s considered, when the public discussion happens about this speech, that this is not from a group that had a massive vote in Australia. 95% of people saw One Nation on the ballot paper and voted for someone else. There were very particular factors about a double dissolution election and the counting method that have resulted in four One Nation Senators being there. Her vote in 2001 was higher than the vote in 2016, and back then no One Nation Senators got elected. So there is not a rise throughout the Australian community in these sorts of views. Pauline Hanson has moved on from targeting Asians alone and Indigenous Australians, to now moving onto Muslim Australians –

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TONY BURKE - TRANSCRIPT - DOORSTOP - CANBERRA - TUESDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 2016

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DOORSTOP
CANBERRA

TUESDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 2016

Subject/s: Turnbull Government Chaos


TONY BURKE, MANAGER OF OPPOSITION BUSINESS: Late last night Christopher Pyne put onto the notice paper some fundamental changes to standing orders. And some changes to how the House of Representatives is run. You might remember the last week that we were here didn’t end real well for the Government. They had a problem with truancy, they had a problem where they couldn’t get their own members to remain at work until finishing time.

So what did Christopher Pyne do late last night? A couple of things. First of all, he wanted to change the standing orders to change the finishing time. So you’ve got a problem for truancy, the answer is just shut down the school. So  instead of having a risk when we get to the adjournment debate, the government might not have all of its members at work anymore, they decided parliament would finish an hour and a half early each night to avoid them from having a problem of keeping their own members at work. They’ve also decided that when we vote on the adjournment at the end of the day, you’re only allowed to have the vote if a minister wants to have the vote. So instead of the concept where the vote of every Member of Parliament is equal, Christopher Pyne has now put forward a new rule for the Turnbull Government, that’s on the notice paper for Parliament today, which says that the adjournment vote only happens at all if a minister wants it to happen.

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TONY BURKE - TRANSCRIPT - TELEVISION INTERVIEW - SKY NEWS - WEDNESDAY, 17 AUGUST 2016

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TELEVISION INTERVIEW
PVO SKY NEWS
WEDNESDAY, 17 AUGUST 2016

SUBJECT/S: Parliamentary pairing arrangements; Banking Royal Commission.

PETER VAN ONSELEN: I’m joined by Tony Burke, the Manager of Opposition Business, live from the Nation’s Parliament. Thanks very much for your company.

TONY BURKE, MANAGER OF OPPOSITION BUSINESS: G’day Peter.

VAN ONSELEN: Now, our own Tom Connell is saying your office told him even when it came to family arrangements or health arrangements, only if publically the Prime Minister’s side of Parliament, the Government, were prepared to admit they don’t have a stable working majority would pairs be granted. Is that your positon or was that a miscommunication?

BURKE: I’ll rephrase the way you’ve got that briefing if I can. In the first instance, if the Government came to us in those circumstances, it’s pretty clear they don’t have a working majority. The realty of the election we have, is the Government doesn’t have a working majority in the Parliament and the Prime Minister is continuing to maintain a lie to the Australian people they can deliver stability with 76 in the Parliament.

The circumstances you’ve described there, were somebody has some family problem or reason, clearly, in those situations, the Government, if they’re coming in and saying they’ve only got 74 members able to vote in a Parliament with 150 seats, they don’t have a working majority. What we’ve said, is they should acknowledge that, of course they should.

In those circumstances, I can’t imagine Malcolm Turnbull actually claiming 74 was a majority in a Parliament of 150 seats. At one level that becomes a bit academic. But Malcolm Turnbull certainly should fess up to the Australian people and be clear they don’t have a working majority. That’s why they’ve come to us wanting to talk about pairs.

What Christopher Pyne has described, is not true. 

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CHRIS BOWEN & TONY BURKE - TRANSCRIPT - PRESS CONFERENCE - SYDNEY - TUESDAY, 28 JUNE 2016

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PRESS CONFERENCE
PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA
TUESDAY, 28 JUNE 2016

SUBJECT/S: Coalition’s costings; Budget repair that is fair; Superannuation.

CHRIS BOWEN, SHADOW TREASURER: Thanks for coming. Well the Liberals have done it again. Same old Liberals. Today, in election week, the Government has released costings based on fantasy. Based on the fantasy the unfair measures in their 2014 Budget will pass the Parliament. And also refusing to outline the ten year implications of their policies.

Firstly, on the zombie measures. If Scott Morrison wants to say to the Australian people he goes to this election on the basis the Parliament and the people will all of a sudden think it is fair for unemployed people to wait four weeks for payment so they can eat, then he is living in a different universe. If he thinks the Parliament and the people will think, all of a sudden, it’s ok to make it harder for pensioners from ethnic backgrounds to return to their homeland on holidays, then he is living in a different universe. If he thinks the Parliament and the people are going to say it's alright to make Australians work to 70, of course, in the longer term, he is just not right. 

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CHRIS BOWEN & TONY BURKE - TRANSCRIPT - PRESS CONFERENCE - SYDNEY - MONDAY, 27 JUNE 2016

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PRESS CONFERENCE
SYDNEY
MONDAY, 27 JUNE 2016

SUBJECT/S: Labor’s costings; Superannuation; Brexit.

CHRIS BOWEN, SHADOW TREASURER: Good morning everybody. Yesterday Tony Burke and I released comprehensively and in very detailed fashion, the impact of Labor's plan for Australia on the federal Budget over four years and over ten years. We also released information as to the rigorous costing process which has been undertaken. Not only costing all our policies over four years and ten, but also engaging the services of three eminent and expert Australians to satisfy themselves as to the rigour of the assumptions and behavioural impact parameters of our policies. Professor Bob Officer, Dr Michael Keating and Mr James McKenzie.

As of today, we are yet to see the Liberal Party's bottom-line. As of today, we are yet to see the impact of the Government's commitments during this election campaign over four years or ten. We know we won't see them over ten because Scott Morrison does not trust the Australian people enough to come clean about the impact of his policies over the next decade. We've taken a different approach.

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CHRIS BOWEN & TONY BURKE - TRANSCRIPT - DOORSTOP - BRISBANE - SUNDAY, 26 JUNE 2016

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DOORSTOP
BRISBANE
SUNDAY, 26 JUNE 2016

SUBJECT/S: Labor’s positive plans for the budget

CHRIS BOWEN, SHADOW TREASURER: Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Today Labor is announcing the detailed impact of our plans for Australia on the federal budget. Labor has made a case for budget repair which is fair, but also the case for big, important, good quality structural reform for the budget which sees the budget return to balance the same year as under the Government's projections and build to stronger surpluses over the medium term. I will talk a bit more about that in a moment. 

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BILL SHORTEN, CHRIS BOWEN & TONY BURKE - TRANSCRIPT - PRESS CONFERENCE - SYDNEY - FRIDAY, 10 JUNE 2016

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PRESS CONFERENCE
SYDNEY
FRIDAY, 10 JUNE 2016

SUBJECT/S: Labor’s plan for Budget repair that’s fair; Labor’s positive policies; CFA

BILL SHORTEN, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: Good afternoon everybody and thanks for coming. At the start of this election back on May 8 I said that this election would be about priorities and choices. In our first week we talked about our priority for properly funded schools and education. In the second week about our priority to save and defend Medicare. In the third and fourth week we have spoken about our priorities for infrastructure, for action on jobs, for action on climate change. At the start of this week we've spoken about our priority for properly funded and affordable quality child care and in the middle of the week we outlined our 10-year plan for Australia's economy. And throughout this campaign so far, I've talked about our priorities and further I've said that we will need to make savings and decisions about improving the budget bottom line and tackling the deficit.

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