Radio interview with Triple M, Adelaide

 

JASON CARTER:

Ladies and gents the man that could hopefully be running the country again on Monday, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull good morning Sir. It is an absolute pleasure to chat to you this morning.

PRIME MINISTER:

Good morning great to be with you, great to be in Adelaide.

JOHN RIDDELL:

Hey cheers for the call. We were just having a phone chat a minute ago with some good listeners from Triple M. We were talking about Adelaide and South Australia and basically the perception and where we’re heading and what the state is going through at the moment and where it is going to come out the other side. How do you see Adelaide and South Australia, Prime Minister?

PRIME MINISTER:

I am very, very optimistic about South Australia and Adelaide in particular. You know we are making massive investments in the defence sector here in South Australia and in fact I am here today opening Raytheon’s new naval and integration headquarters. They employ 370 people in Adelaide - at the cutting edge of technology. As you know we have the massive investment in naval shipbuilding here in South Australia. So over the next few years you’ll see the ramping up of some of the most advanced high-tech industries, advanced manufacturing in the world here in South Australia.

JOHN RIDDELL:

But we all can’t work in defence. I mean what else can we do here? We’re the highest state in the unemployment ratings at the moment. What else is there besides defence?

PRIME MINISTER:

Well you know South Australia has benefited immensely from the big trade export deals that we’ve done. You’ve heard what has been said by the wine industry here about the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement for example being the most significant development in the history of the Australian wine industry. Export volumes of services, that includes tourism and educational services rose 26 per cent from South Australia over the last year and export volumes of goods which of course includes wine has risen by 8.5 per cent over the past 12 months. So tourism is growing too. International visitors of all types are growing as well.

We recognise that South Australia has had a difficult transition. There is no question about that. But what that underlines is the importance of sticking to our national economic plan and sticking to stable majority government. There are elements, considerable elements of headwinds and uncertainty in the global economy. We have seen the result of the Brexit vote in the UK and all of the implications as they slowly become apparent. Very significant ones. It underlines the importance for stable government, majority government and sticking to the economic plan that we have which is promoting investment, promoting employment, promoting exports, promoting advanced manufacturing especially here of course the centre of naval shipbuilding in Australia and that is something that will underpin the security and prosperity of South Australia in the years ahead. I mean every South Australian’s job will be more secure on Monday if we win the election that is the critical thing.

JASON CARTER:

Prime Minister I suppose with what has happened in the EU - does that sort of bolster your campaign because now you look at what has happened and there is so much uncertainty within the United Kingdom?

PRIME MINISTER:

Well look I don’t look at it quite that way. The point that I have made ever since I became Prime Minister, indeed before I was Prime Minister, is that we live in times of enormous economic change - very rapid changes and big changes. It’s the pace and scale that’s unprecedented in human history. Now that presents a lot of opportunities as we’ve seen with the big export opportunities in Asia which we have opened up. We’ve opened up all of those markets in the last few years. In six years the Labor Party did nothing. You’ve got people, Nick Xenophon for example, who opposes these free trade deals. Well this is what is driving jobs in South Australia - believe me - that is the future, being able to export more of what we do is critically important, so there are those big opportunities. But you’re dead right there are also uncertainties, there are also the unexpected uncertainties and that is why you need a clear economic plan, stable and experienced majority government and you also need to be building an economy that is resilient so that it can ride with all of this, head off the challenges, deal with the headwinds and then seize the opportunities as they arise.

JOHN RIDDELL:

Prime Minister you did the right thing, you gave us a call which we are thrilled with that. Fantastic. So free kick time - this time next week - what’s the score?

PRIME MINISTER:

Well it’s in the hands of the Australian people and my message is very clear - this is not a time to experiment or to make a protest vote. The only way to be sure that we will have a secure future, that our jobs will be more secure, that our kids and our grandchildren will have better opportunities, the only way is to stick with a stable majority government and a clear national economic plan. The only way to do that is to vote for your Liberal candidate. That is the only way.

JASON CARTER:

Prime Minister we thank you so much for your time and for coming to Adelaide too and for giving us a call. As we said we really appreciate that.

JOHN RIDDELL:

Yeah, cheers for that.

JASON CARTER:

Just quickly Bill Shorten yesterday did the big spiel again in Queensland and he unveiled the Greyhound bus with Bill all over it. Are you going to do the same sort of thing? Have you got a bus that is going to get you around? Or are you staying as it is on terra firma?

PRIME MINISTER:

No the buses I get are the ones everyone else gets. I get a lot of public transport so I don’t have my own bus.

JOHN RIDDELL:

With a little flag on the bonnet. [Laughter]

JASON CARTER:

Fantastic, great to have you. You have some big announcements today which are just fantastic. Thank you so much for your time.

PRIME MINISTER:

Thank you so much.