Transcript

Tony Abbott Transcript - Doorstop Interview, Launceston Toyota, Tasmania

Subjects: Labor’s carbon tax con; the Coalition’s commitment to reduce company tax; Labor’s FBT hit on cars; GST; Peter Beattie.

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TONY ABBOTT:

Ok, well look, it is terrific to be here in Launceston, to be with Andrew Nikolic our candidate for Bass. It is good to be here at this Toyota dealership to talk about our plans for lower taxes, because lower taxes means more prosperity, means less pressure on your cost of living and it means more secure jobs. So, if you vote for the Coalition the carbon tax goes - that is good for households, it is good for your job security. The company tax comes down and that is all about creating a better climate for investment and jobs as Julia Gillard said at the beginning of last year, ‘if you are against cutting the company tax, you are against jobs.’ But very importantly, particularly here at Toyota, I just want to say that the only way to stop the $1.8 billion fringe benefits tax hit on the Australian car industry and on people who drive company cars, is to change the government. If you don’t change the government and you’re earning $50,000 a year and you have got an employer provided car, you are $1,400 a year worse off. If you don’t change the government and you are earning $70,000 a year as a nurse or as a charity worker and you have got a company provided car you will be $2,000 a year worse off. We are here to rescue the Australian people from unnecessary high taxes, the carbon tax goes, the fringe benefit tax slug on company cars doesn’t happen and the company tax comes down, it’s all about easing the pressure on your cost of living and making your job more secure.

QUESTION:

Mr Abbott do you now concede that it will be difficult to win the seat of Forde in Queensland now that Peter Beattie is entering the fray?

TONY ABBOTT:

Well look, it is an interesting question Laura. Another film flam man, who hit people with a record debt and deficit, is just going to add to the leadership instability inside the Labor Party. You might say to me am I worried about Peter Beattie, of course not. But I bet Kevin Rudd is, I bet Kevin Rudd is.

QUESTION:

Have you met with News Corp or Rupert Murdoch about the NBN?

TONY ABBOTT:

Look, I do from time to time talk to Rupert Murdoch; my discussions with Rupert Murdoch are so secret that I wrote about it in my spectator diary a year ago. Kevin Rudd went to New York to get career counselling from Rupert Murdoch after he lost the leadership in 2010. Have I ever spoken to Rupert Murdoch about the NBN? No I haven’t, no I haven’t. What we have got from Mr Rudd at the moment is further examples of just how thin skinned he is becoming.

QUESTION:

Have you discussed the NBN with other senior News Corp managers?

TONY ABBOTT:

No I haven’t.

QUESTION:

Do you think that Julie Bishop went too far when she said that Kevin Rudd was entering into conspiracy theories and had lost the plot on this issue?

TONY ABBOTT:

Look I just think that senior politicians have got to take the rough with the smooth, senior politicians have got to accept that sometimes media outlets will back them and sometimes they won’t. I didn’t hear Mr Rudd complaining about Mr Murdoch when most of the News group were backing Mr Rudd in 2007, he was very happy to accept the support of Mr Murdoch then. I just think the problem is we have got a Prime Minister with a glass jaw and a thin skin.

QUESTION:

Any changes to the GST? Will you take any changes to the GST to a further election?

TONY ABBOTT:

We are just getting more Labor lies on the GST. The GST is not going to change full stop. The Labor Party in its desperation is just peddling lies, they are just more Labor lies and I want to warn people that there is going to be scare a day, there is going to be a lie a day from the Labor Party.

QUESTION:

Can you confirm that commitment that you would not make any changes to the GST in the next term of Parliament and that you would take any changes to the next election?

TONY ABBOTT:

Look these are just more Labor lies, more Labor lies. The GST is not going to change.

QUESTION:

You say it won’t change but do you guarantee that forever or just the first term?

TONY ABBOTT:

Look, the GST is not going to change and I warn the people of Australia, expect a lie a day from a desperate Labor Party, expect a lie a day from a desperate Labor Party and expect a desperate Labor Party, not to be straight with you. Let’s face it, what did we get from the Labor Party? In 2007 you voted for Kevin Rudd you got Julia Gillard. In 2010 you voted for Julia Gillard you got Kevin Rudd. In 2013 they want us to vote for Kevin Rudd and who knows who we might end up with? Maybe Peter Beattie, maybe Bill Shorten you just don’t know, nothing is certain under the Labor Party.