27 June 2015
Transcript - #2015152, 2015

Doorstop interview, Melbourne

JOURNALIST:

[Inaudible]

TREASURER:

[inaudible] and a reminder that this is a risk that is posed anywhere on earth. That’s why we need to defeat them at their source. That’s why we’re working so hard to put all the resources in that we can, to defeat these evil bastards at their source.

JOURNALIST:

Are you concerned that these attacks are coordinated and are we expecting too see security ramped up here in Australia?

TREASURER:

Well I know that the National Security Committee is meeting later today. We’ll do everything we can to protect the Australian people.

JOURNALIST:

Julie Bishop had said that it wasn’t meeting. Has that been changed in the last little while?

TREASURER:

Well, I know it’s been called. There is a meeting that has been called later today.

JOURNALIST:

[Inaudible]

TREASURER:

Well, I’m not going to speculate on those sorts of issues.

JOURNALIST:

Joe, just on the Council meeting here today, is there a feeling in the Government that momentum has swung back in the Coalition’s favour, politically?

TREASURER:

Well no doubt, as I’ve said previously, the Labor Party’s been mugged by reality and that is, they can’t keep going as an empty vacuum, they need to actually have some policy substance and they’ve found themselves in confused positions. You got to have something more than saying no. You’ve actually got to have policy substance and the Labor Party is suddenly realising that, particularly with a resurgent Greens. I think you’ll see the Labor Party become the like Green Party over the next few months.

JOURNALIST:

We saw a video focusing on Bill Shorten last night and I’m sure you saw it too.  Is personally attacking him going to be a focus, do you think, of the Coalition strategy moving forward?

TREASURER:

Look, politics is a pretty robust business as you know and I’m sure the Labor Party will give as good as they get.