PRIME MINISTER:

Hey guys, just here with Greg.

NATALIE LOCKE:

Morning Prime Minister, it’s a thrill to have you on our show this morning.

PRIME MINISTER:

Well, it’s great to be with you too.

NATALIE LOCKE:

We sent you the tallest person we know to find you.

PRIME MINISTER:

Yes, that’s right, that’s right – he’s handed his phone down to me – that’s right.

SHAUN MCMANUS:

Now, Prime Minister you’ve been in WA only for a short time. Have you enjoyed what you’ve seen and how much money are you going to give us before you leave?

[Laughter]

PRIME MINISTER:

Well we’ve made some commitments while we are here – we made a $6 million commitment to upgrading the Baseball Park at Gosnells actually…

SHAUN MCMANUS:

Yeh, Perth Heat.

PRIME MINISTER:

Yes, Perth Heat and that’s with Ken Wyatt the Member for Hasluck as you know. Basically, the message we have for Western Australians is one of the big choice we’re facing at the moment. Right now, people are voting, obviously the election is on 2 July, but they’re voting now – polls have been open for 24 hours – the choice is between us – a stable government, a very clear national economic plan that will continue to deliver the jobs, the opportunities for people to start businesses, find new jobs, employ more people, invest – all of those – backing business and that is really - Western Australia is a state of enormous enterprise as you know.

On the other hand, we have the prospect of Labor - of another unstable, dysfunctional alliance of Labor-Greens-independents – we’ve seen that film before. We can’t afford it.

We just need to stick to a clear economic plan that we’ve laid out – innovation, investment, big trade export deals, backing business with business tax cuts over the years ahead – getting behind the enterprises and the enterprising men and women of Australia that are creating those economic opportunities for all of us and particularly the young people. You know, I was at a forum yesterday in Cowan with Luke Simpkins with so many young people who are starting work and starting as apprentices for example. And what they need is businesses that are able to grow, and as they grow of course they invest and they take on more staff. That’s what we’re about – we’ve had strong growth even with the wind-down of the mining boom but we need to keep it – we cannot be complacent.

NATHAN MORRIS:

Can’t take our foot off the pedal, Malcolm.

NATALIE LOCKE:

Now I have a tiny bit of bone to pick with you though Mr Prime Minister. You called an election for the smack bang in the middle of our holidays. I am taking that quite personally to be honest.

PRIME MINISTER:

[Laughter]

Well you shouldn’t take it personally. The reason for the eight week campaign, which is obviously a long one…

NATALIE LOCKE:

Is to bore us to death?

[Laughter]

PRIME MINISTER:

No, no. The reason is – I’ll tell you, you’ll win a trivia night for this information I’m about to give you…

SHAUN MCMANUS:

[Laughter]

Ok.

PRIME MINISTER:

We couldn’t dissolve both houses of Parliament with a double dissolution later than 10 May and if we had the election before 1 July the next term would only be two years so you’d have another election even sooner. So we were caught, you know, just basically, the Constitution required us to have that eight week campaign but the importance of the double dissolution of course is it will enable us, if we are successful to restore the rule of law to the construction sector. Bring back the Building and Construction Commission which is vital to productivity, to more jobs in construction and of course to ensure that unions, particularly the CFMEU, cannot continue to bully and intimidate honest working men and women and contractors in the construction sector as they have been doing.

NATHAN MORRIS:

Now, Malcolm, I’m very excited to speak to you right now. I just want to know a little bit more about you. Just quickly, I have five neck ties – how many do you own because you always look so smart?

[Laughter]

PRIME MINISTER:

Thank you, very kind. I have never counted but I have a lot of ties.

NATALIE LOCKE:

Are they on a rack or are they just thrown into a drawer?

PRIME MINISTER:

[Laughter]

They hang on several hangers in my cupboard.

NATHAN MORRIS:

And do you know how to do every knot? Like Windsor, actually – that’s the only one I know…

[Laughter]

PRIME MINISTER:

I do the same knot every morning.

SHAUN MCMANUS:

OK – Malcolm how many days are you home over this period? How many days do you actually get to go home?

PRIME MINISTER:

That isn’t final. Obviously I am travelling a lot – I will be in Sydney tonight – I’m going back to Sydney today. I’m going to do a breakfast with Steve Irons, the Member for Swan, a business breakfast, and then we’ll be heading back to Sydney but it’s a big country and as the Prime Minister, you’ve got to get around it…

NATHAN MORRIS:

That’s right.

PRIME MINISTER:

…and I love every minute of it.

NATALIE LOCKE:


Well we love the fact that you managed to chat to us this morning, take time out of your extraordinarily busy schedule. I know, that basically you got muscled into it by Greg Hire.

NATHAN MORRIS:

Yeah you can hand the phone back to the giant freak.

[Laughter]

Because as you would have noticed he’s only got nine and a half fingers.

PRIME MINISTER:

I’ll hand it back to Greg.

NATALIE LOCKE:

Thank you very much Prime Minister.