Transcripts

Interview with David Lipson, SKY News Agenda

16 December 2015

DAVID LIPSON: Thanks Treasurer for your time, apologies for the delay. TREASURER: No problem. LIPSON: Why don’t we start with the medical concerns raised there by the AMA, suggesting that some patients may forgo services for pathology and imaging as a result of the removal of these incentives for bulk billing? TREASURER: Well, I don’t […]

Interview with Kim Landers, ABC AM

16 December 2015

KIM LANDERS: Treasurer, you have just heard the President of the Royal College of Pathology say that he is dumbfounded and surprised by these changes. He is warning of potentially fatal consequences – have you made a mistake? TREASURER: The pathology business is a very big business and there are a lot of very quite […]

Business Spectator KGB Podcast

15 December 2015

ALAN KOHLER: Well, I wonder if we could start, Treasurer, with you just telling us in your words what’s come out of the budget in the last six months since May and what’s come in. You know, what have you lost, and how much have you been able to make up? TREASURER: This is a […]

Interview with Leigh Sales, ABC 7.30

15 December 2015

LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: The Treasurer, Scott Morrison, joined me a short time ago from Perth. Scott Morrison, thanks for joining us. TREASURER: Thanks a lot, Leigh. Good to be with you. SALES: Two years ago the Coalition was elected, promising to end Labor's debt-and-deficit cycle, to rein in the budget emergency and so on. We […]

Joint press conference, Perth

15 December 2015

TREASURER: Can I start by thanking everyone for joining us here in Perth today. While I'm very pleased to be here with my good friend and colleague Mathias Cormann as a Sydneysider, I can't help but send my condolences and my respects to all of those who are commemorating the first anniversary of the Lindt […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW

11 December 2015

NEIL MITCHELL: Scott Morrison, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning, Neil. MITCHELL: Do you think it matters that Bill Shorten got caught texting and driving? TREASURER: Of course these things mean that the police should do their job as I am sure they will but look I am the spending cop – I am not the […]

Press conference, Sydney

10 December 2015

TREASURER: Before I come to the issue of the meeting of state and territory Treasurers today I just wanted to note the release of today's employment numbers which the Government, of course, welcomes, but the real congratulations goes to the 71,400 Australians who've been able to put themselves into employment and I particularly commend all […]

Interview with David Speers, Sky News Business

9 December 2015

DAVID SPEERS: Treasurer, thank you very much for you time. Now this tax debate has been running a while, what are you actually hoping to achieve in your talks tomorrow? Will you be seeking to narrow down the options for tax reform? TREASURER: Tomorrow we will be talking principally about state and territory taxes under […]

Doorstop interview, Melbourne

9 December 2015

QUESTION: Has there been any Commonwealth contribution at all to this Airport from the [inaudible]? TREASURER: This is a private airport and it is private investment and it’s great to see the vote of confidence that the owners of Melbourne Airport have placed in the Melbourne economy and particularly in this facility here. This is […]

Interview with Michael Brissenden, ABC AM

8 December 2015

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning, Michael. BRISSENDEN: Cultural change is the buzz word that is around. Effectively what you are saying is you want us to be more like the US in regard to innovation, aren't you? TREASURER: We are about growth and jobs and entrepreneurialism and innovation and the ideas boom […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

7 December 2015

RAY HADLEY: Treasurer, good morning to you. TREASURER: G’day Ray. HADLEY: Just before we get to serious matters, I’ll stand up here so you can see I am dressed in shorts today. I instructed my staff on Friday that we would have a short week. That we would wear shorts all week. TREASURER: Well, I […]

Interview with David Speers, Sky News Agenda

2 December 2015

DAVID SPEERS: Just on these National Accounts, they are much better than three months ago; 2.5 per cent annual growth, 0.9 of a per cent quarterly growth. The exports are the big driver here. The best export numbers in 15 years. You must be pretty happy that the Australian dollar has come down as much […]

Press conference, Canberra

2 December 2015

TREASURER: Well thank you for coming along. Today's national accounts show that economic growth strengthened in the September quarter and that as an economy and as a country we are making the transition from the largest resources investment boom in our history to broader-based growth. The transition process is under way. Real GDP grew by […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

30 November 2015

RAY HADLEY: Scott Morrison, the Treasurer, is on the line. TREASURER: G’day, Ray. HADLEY: Now, we had a rather feisty interview about all of this. TREASURER: It was an animated discussion. HADLEY: Where I got into trouble for wanting you to swear on a Bible. I think I went through any role you may have […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

30 November 2015

TREASURER: Well apart from confirming the fact that the Taylor Swift concert was absolutely awesome in Sydney on Saturday night and I am sure people will have a wonderful time in Adelaide and Melbourne over the course of the week, it’s over to you. QUESTION: Did you have a phone call with Malcolm Turnbull in […]

Interview with Chris Kenny, Sky News Viewpoint

29 November 2015

CHRIS KENNY, PRESENTER: Lots to cover tonight with the Treasurer, Scott Morrison. He joins us now live from Canberra. Thanks for joining us, Scott. TREASURER: G'day, Chris. KENNY: Look, first up I want to get you on this breaking story in the Fairfax media this evening looking back to the leadership shenanigans of the year […]

Doorstop interview, Brisbane

27 November 2015

TREASURER: It’s great to be here laying out the markers for the Government’s positive approach and positive dialogue we are having about how we can make our superannuation system stronger. It is one of the best in the world, if not the best in the world, it has a great history and it has the […]

Interview with Peter Switzer, Sky News Business

24 November 2015

PETER SWITZER, PRESENTER: Welcome to the programme, Treasurer. TREASURER: G’day Peter, it is good to be with you. SWITZER: Now, some of your right wing commentators are saying, ok the political rebound has been very good for the Turnbull Government but what has Malcolm Turnbull and his Treasurer done for the economy so far? So, […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, 2GB

24 November 2015

ROSS GREENWOOD: Let’s start the programme though and go to the federal Treasurer Scott Morrison who is on the line from our federal Parliamentary bureau in Canberra. Many thanks for your time, Scott. TREASURER: G’day Ross. It is good to be with you. GREENWOOD: I did describe it as being the biggest shake-up to the […]

Joint press conference, Canberra

24 November 2015

TREASURER: Thank you for joining us, I'm very pleased that I am joined here today by Professor Ian Harper for this announcement of the Government's response to the competition policy review, which will be launched today. The copies will be distributed today. Today is a day where you heard the Prime Minister focus fairly and […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

23 November 2015

RAY HADLEY: The Treasurer, Scott Morrison, joins me, as you know, every Monday. He is in our Canberra studio at the start of the final fortnight of Parliament for the year. Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: G'day Ray. HADLEY: Do you think, in general terms, I read at the top of the show, you may not […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

23 November 2015

QUESTION: The former Defence Minister Kevin Andrews is calling for boots on the ground – is that a particularly helpful comment from the former Defence Minister? TREASURER: The former Defence Minister and my colleague, Kevin Andrews, would be very well aware that in these situations Australia is not in a position to act unilaterally. You […]

Joint press conference, Sydney

19 November 2015

TRENT ZIMMERMAN: My name is Trent Zimmerman I am the Liberal candidate for the North Sydney by-election and I can I say that we are absolutely delighted that the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has been able to join us this morning. This is a world class facility operated by the ASX as its customer service facility. […]

Doorstop interview, Adelaide

18 November 2015

TREASURER: It’s great to be here in Adelaide with Danielle and the Hutt Street Centre. It is great to have a great crowd that has come to support the tremendous work they do getting Australians off the streets into accommodation and into work. That is what it is all about. The best form of welfare […]

Doorstop interview, Sydney

18 November 2015

TREASURER: The Government is taking action to enforce our foreign investment laws particularly when it comes to residential real estate with the forced divestment of a very significant residential property in Melbourne. But in addition to that, a number of other properties as well as the denial of an application for a commercial property acquisition. […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW

17 November 2015

NEIL MITCHELL: Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning, it’s good to be here. MITCHELL: Thanks for coming in. A poll today said that 52 per cent of people support an increase in the GST provided there is a trade-off. Does that increase the chance of it happening? TREASURER: Well, what it says is that the […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

16 November 2015

RAY HADLEY: Treasurer Scott Morrison, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning, Ray. HADLEY: What were your first thoughts when you started hearing early Saturday morning about the terror attack in Paris and as I was on air it developed to 18 dead, 40 dead and now in excess of 130 with another 99 people fighting for […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

12 November 2015

QUESTION: What is your reaction to the jobs figures today? TREASURER: Obviously, we are very pleased that 58,600 more Australians went into work in October. The Government’s plan, our platform, is all about securing stronger growth and more jobs in our economy and to see those results is particularly pleasing for those who are benefitting […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News Agenda

10 November 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: The ongoing debate about the GST and tax reform has not hurt the Coalition, it is up a point in the latest Newspoll.  Joining me is the Treasurer Scott Morrison. That must be encouraging for you, the numbers still very strong eight weeks after Mr Turnbull became Prime Minister. TREASURER: I think people […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

10 November 2015

QUESTION: Can we just start off with the story in The Australian, Scott, about superannuation. The Government could be looking at a single tax rate for people on their superannuation savings? TREASURER: The Government is looking at a range of issues on superannuation and I have been very clear on this for some time as […]

Interview with Michael Brissenden, ABC AM

10 November 2015

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: The debate over tax reform continues to dominate the political arena with particular focus on a potential increase to the GST. Yesterday the government dismissed what it described as not a particularly scary campaign about the tax from Labor but reports out today suggest there is some nervousness growing from some in the […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

9 November 2015

RAY HADLEY: Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: G’day Ray. HADLEY: Now, the debate continues, I suppose you are over the debate about tax reform – changing the GST. I am interested in this meeting you are going to have with the states. I suppose you are over the debate about tax reform – changing the GST. […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

9 November 2015

TREASURER: I think we’ll just go straight to questions. QUESTION: Treasurer what do you make of the Greens’ idea to put the carbon tax back on the table if we are talking [inaudible] tax reform? TREASURER: The Government has never had plans to introduce a carbon tax. QUESTION: Mr Morrison, is it unrealistic, I know […]

Interview with Peter Van Onselen and Paul Kelly, Australian Agenda, Sky News

8 November 2015

PETER VAN ONSELEN, PRESENTER: Our guest today is the Treasurer, Scott Morrison who joins us live. Thanks for joining us today. SCOTT MORRISON, TREASURER: Good morning, great to be here. PETER VAN ONSELEN: Can I start by asking you, whilst there's been no decision on the GST and that is a debate we may or […]

Doorstop interview, Melbourne

5 November 2015

QUESTION: Treasurer, you talk about having a better tax system how do you see any changes to the GST fitting into this sort of broader narrative, especially in light of the modelling that we have seen today? TREASURER: Well, first of all we want to see a better tax system that encourages, I should say […]

Q&A session, Economic and Social Outlook Conference

5 November 2015

QUESTION: Sid Maher from The Australian, Mr Morrison. TREASURER: All your speculation is innocent, Sid. QUESTION: I can assure you I know how much tax I paid down to two decimal points. TREASURER: Good man. QUESTION: There's a couple of things, Peter Harris made a very good speech earlier today and he's advising the Government […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, 2GB

5 November 2015

ROSS GREENWOOD: Scott Morrison on the line right now, many thanks for your time Scott. TREASURER: G'day Ross. I may not be a rocket scientist, who is joining a little later but I am very happy to be here. GREENWOOD: How's that? The NASA Chief Engineer - that's not a bad get on a night […]

Interview with Leigh Sales, 7.30 Report, ABC

5 November 2015

LEIGH SALES: The Treasurer Scott Morrison is with me in the Sydney studio. Thank you for coming in. TREASURER: My pleasure, Leigh. SALES: How long do you think that you and Malcolm Turnbull can keep talking in generalities like, "We need to be a high-wage, generous social welfare net country," without Australians growing bored and […]

Interview with Tom Elliott, 3AW

3 November 2015

TOM ELLIOTT: Mr Morrison, good afternoon. TREASURER: G’day Tom. ELLIOTT: Now, I understand you have been locked up in a meeting with the Reserve Bank this afternoon. The decision to keep interest rates on hold, was that the subject of some debate? TREASURER: Well, that is a matter for the Reserve Bank and they make […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

2 November 2015

RAY HADLEY: Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: G'day Ray. HADLEY: Now, Samantha Maiden wrote with some authority yesterday in The Sunday Telegraph that the GST is going up to 15 per cent. People, I have got emailers and callers here saying that if they raise it how are they going to compensate tax-payers, pensioners, what happens […]

Interview with David Lipson, Sky News AM Agenda

2 November 2015

DAVID LIPSON: Thanks very much for your time this morning, Treasurer. You have seen this modelling from David Gillespie the Nationals MP. What do you make of it? TREASURER: Well, I thank David for making a constructive contribution to the discussion that we are having about how we make the tax system better. He has […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, ABC RN Breakfast

2 November 2015

FRAN KELLY: The Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison, joins us now in the Breakfast studio. Treasurer, welcome to Breakfast. TREASURER: G’day Fran. KELLY: Can you confirm the Government is modelling scenarios around a 15 per cent GST? TREASURER: The Government wants a better tax system, we have made no secret of that. There's been work been […]

Joint press conference, Sydney

31 October 2015

TREASURER: Well, it’s wonderful to be here at Lakemba Mosque today and earlier today I was at Arrahman Mosque in Kingsgrove, the Shia Mosque. I am also joined here by Senator Connie Fierravanti-Wells and David Coleman. Connie, has been doing an outstanding job in consulting with communities right across the country but with her responsibilities […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW

28 October 2015

NEIL MITCHELL: In the studio with me is the Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison, good morning. TREASURER: G’day, Neil. It’s great to be in Melbourne. MITCHELL: Now, the $1.5 billion we were given in Victoria earmarked for East West Link – has a deal been done? TREASURER: No we haven’t arrived at a final agreement yet […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

26 October 2015

RAY HADLEY: Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: G'day Ray. HADLEY: On the front page of The Daily Telegraph and other News Limited papers there's a story about what you are going to do help women re-entering the workforce regarding superannuation. Is this part of a bigger picture for superannuation? This is one arm of what you […]

Joint press conference with Russell Matheson MP, Member for Macarthur, Sydney

23 October 2015

GEOFFREY BABIDGE (THE a2 MILK COMPANY): Firstly, on behalf of The a2 Milk Company and in fact our very important milk supplier the Perich Group, we are delighted to welcome obviously the Treasurer, Scott Morrison and local member Russell Matheson to our Smeaton Grange facility today. We are obviously very pleased that the Australia and […]

Interview with Karl Stefanovic, Today, Channel 9

21 October 2015

KARL STEFANOVIC: Well, it is the most significant shake-up of the financial system in almost 20 years and will affect almost every aspect of your financial life. Treasurer Scott Morrison is taking aim at surcharges and superannuation and he joins me now. Scott, good morning to you. TREASURER: G'day Karl. KARL STEFANOVIC: So how much […]

Interview with Samantha Armytage, Sunrise, Channel 7

21 October 2015

SAMANTHA ARMYTAGE: Joining us now from Canberra is Treasurer, Scott Morrison. Treasurer, good morning to you. TREASURER: Good morning. ARMYTAGE:   This is a win for consumers but it has been a long time coming. Three treasurers, I don't know how many PMs – how did businesses get away with these super high surcharges for […]

Interview with Michael Brissenden, ABC AM

21 October 2015

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: The Government is expected to unveil significant changes to family tax payments today, affecting more than 1.7 million families. The changes signal a back-down on billions of dollars’ worth of cuts announced in the 2014 Budget which have been blocked in the Senate set aside to pay for a childcare package announced in […]

Press conference, Parliament House, Canberra

21 October 2015

TREASURER: Thank you every one. This morning we stand here as three Ministers in the Turnbull Government but we also stand here as three dads – three proud dads, a few dads in the crowd as well, and a few mums too I suspect. This is, I think, a very positive day for families. What […]

Interview with David Speers, Sky News

20 October 2015

DAVID SPEERS: As we have been discussing this to afternoon some significant changes unveiled to banking and superannuation unveiled by the Government today and its response to the Murray Review into the financial system. With us now to discuss more on this and what the Government's doing Treasurer Scott Morrison, thank very much for your […]

Press conference, Parliament House, Canberra

20 October 2015

PRIME MINISTER: Good morning, everyone. Thank you for being here for the announcement of the Government's response to the Financial System Inquiry. This is a very important step in continuing the assurance that Australia's financial services system – all our banks, insurance companies, superannuation, the whole system, the whole industry is safe and secure. It […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, 2GB

20 October 2015

ROSS GREENWOOD: The Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison is on the line right now. Thank you for your time, Scott. TREASURER: Pleasure, Ross. GREENWOOD: First question for you has got to be why did this report sit on the former Treasurer's desk for 11 months? TREASURER: There had been a very comprehensive consultation process that both […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

19 October 2015

RAY HADLEY: Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning, Ray HADLEY: You would be all bouncing around down there today with this latest Fairfax poll wouldn’t you? TREASURER: Well, I think what it shows is that people are getting on board with increasing confidence. We have already seen that come through in some figures last week […]

Press conference, Sydney

16 October 2015

TREASURER: Well today was a very positive meeting, a very optimistic meeting of state and territory Treasurers with the Commonwealth and I want to thank all of the Treasurers for their very engaged participation over the course of last night and today as we worked through what are the critical issues facing our nation as […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

13 October 2015

TREASURER: I’m very pleased to just note today, as I did in the House, the rising levels of both business and consumer confidence today. What that means is the Government needs to continue to earn the confidence and the trust of the Australian community. It must earn the confidence and trust of the business community […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

12 October 2015

RAY HADLEY: Scott Morrison joins us every Monday on the Ray Hadley morning programme. He is in our Canberra studio right now. Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: G’day, Ray, I hope you had your leather patches on your tweed jacket watching that rugby on the weekend. HADLEY: Well, no, it was very early in the morning, […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

12 October 2015

QUESTION: Your thoughts on the Newspoll 50 - 50 you can’t get a lot of confidence out of that, I imagine? TREASURER: I’m feeling very confident about the fresh new message that the Government has been able to articulate over the last few weeks and I have been very encouraged by the responses as I […]

Interview with Leon Byner, 5AA

9 October 2015

LEON BYNER: I have with me the Treasurer of Australia, Scott Morrison. Scott, thank you for joining us. TREASURER: Great to be with you here in Adelaide, Leon. BYNER: Now, I am not going to ask you to swear on a set of Bibles but what I have got is a number of sacred scrolls […]

Doorstop interview, Adelaide

9 October 2015

TREASURER: The South Australian Treasurer and I as the Commonwealth Treasurer have one clear mission and that is to grow jobs and particularly to support jobs here in South Australia and see job growth here in South Australia right across the economy. Whether we have differences of politics on things from time to time, that […]

Interview with Tom Elliott, 3AW

8 October 2015

TOM ELLIOTT: Joining me in the studio now, the new federal Treasurer of Australia, Scott Morrison. Mr Morrison, good afternoon. TREASURER: G’day Tom. It’s great to be here in Melbourne. ELLIOTT: Well, thank you for joining us. The Opposition Leader in Canberra, Bill Shorten, has come out and proposed giving Infrastructure Australia the power and […]

Joint press conference with Chris Jordan AO, Commissioner of Taxation, Sydney

7 October 2015

TREASURER: Well, thank you everyone for coming together today. I am very pleased to be joined here today by the Commissioner of Taxation, Chris Jordan, and very pleased to be working with him. Kelly O'Dwyer, the Assistant Treasurer is unable to be here with us today but she would ordinarily be at an event such […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, Breakfast, ABC Radio National

7 October 2015

FRAN KELLY: Scott Morrison welcome to Breakfast. TREASURER: Hi Fran, good to be here with you in Sydney. KELLY: These OECD recommendations to stop corporate tax avoidance have largely been welcomed by the tax experts as we have just heard. But some say they don’t go far enough in terms of providing greater transparency of […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

6 October 2015

RAY HADLEY: Treasurer, good morning to you. TREASURER: Good morning Ray. HADLEY: Now you’re, I think, in Melbourne for a Cabinet meeting today? TREASURER: That’s right yes. HADLEY: Ok, the shooting at Parramatta. I have been highly critical even of the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister who described it straight after it happened as […]

Interview with Michael Brissenden, AM, ABC Radio

1 October 2015

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: GST reform, superannuation tax concessions and company tax are among the topics that will come under the spotlight. A key player in today's summit will be new the Treasurer Scott Morrison and he joined me in the studio a short time ago. Mr Morrison, welcome to the program. TREASURER: Good morning Michael. Good […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

1 October 2015

QUESTION: Mr Morrison, the stakeholders involved in today’s discussion say they want to see real commitments come out of today’s meeting. Is that likely to happen? TREASURER: I have actually met with quite a number of them, as you would expect, over the course of the last week or so. The opportunity of today is […]

Interview with Paul Murray, Sky News

30 September 2015

PAUL MURRAY: I want to talk to you about a lot of things including tomorrow’s summit and this central question about how the heck the government starts cutting spending. Because I agree with you wholeheartedly all in as I was with Joe Hockey which is the country spends more money than it makes. But first […]

Interview with David Speers, Sky News

29 September 2015

DAVID SPEERS: Treasurer Scott Morrison, thank you very much for speaking to us this afternoon. Can I start with what has happened on the share market today it is down nearly four per cent – worst result in two years, below 5000 points the ASX. Are you worried about that? TREASURER: Well these are obviously […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW

28 September 2015

NEIL MITCHELL: Treasurer Scott Morrison, morning. TREASURER: G'day Neil. We are feeling pretty left out in NSW, we are in no finals this weekend whether it is the AFL or the NRL so not much cause for celebration up in Sydney this week. MITCHELL: Well don't come to Melbourne. Ok we have a new team, […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

28 September 2015

RAY HADLEY: He is in the studio now with a Bible not in sight but there is a crash helmet here that he bought in and we didn’t get time to talk about the crash helmet because we were overtaken by other things. TREASURER: We were, we were Ray. HADLEY: So you signed it, I […]

Joint press conference with Lucy Wicks, Member for Robertson, Gosford

25 September 2015

LUCY WICKS: Thank you for joining us today for what is an incredibly important announcement for the Central Coast. My I welcome the Treasurer of Australia the Hon. Scott Morrison. He is a great friend of the Central Coast, well known to many of us here today. It is an absolute honour to have him […]

Joint press conference with Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance, Sydney

23 September 2015

SCOTT MORRISON: It's great to be here with my very good friend Mathias Cormann and Finance Minister. This is a very exciting time to be involved in public policy, and Government, as the Prime Minister has said on numerous occasions. Our opportunities in this country are extraordinary. The challenges are great, but we believe the […]