Transcripts

Interview with Adam Steer, ABC Darwin

28 March 2017

ADAM STEER: Scott Morrison is the Federal Treasurer. Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning, Adam. STEER: Over the weekend the Chief Minister Michael Gunner said he agreed with the front page of the Northern Territory News calling you, the Prime Minister and Senator Nigel Scullion bastards. Was he right? Are you bastards? TREASURER: I think […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

27 March 2017

Today, the Diverted Profits tax, the next iteration of the Government's measures to ensure multinationals pay their fair share of tax in this country and they can't just shift their income and profits offshore, and they pay tax on it here. That will be being considered in the Senate today. It is an important piece […]

Joint press conference, Parliament House, Canberra

27 March 2017

PRIME MINISTER: Today, we're here with the Treasurer and the Minister for Energy to announce a new initiative to address the problem of rising electricity prices. Electricity prices for Australian households doubled during the six years of the Labor government. They came down, of course, with the abolition of the carbon tax following the election […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

27 March 2017

RAY HADLEY: Treasurer Scott Morrison joins me on the program every Monday. He’s in the Canberra studio. Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning, Ray. HADLEY: You had some relief in the polls last week but, of course, it didn’t last long according to the Ipsos poll today. TREASURER: Well, you follow these a little more […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News

27 March 2017

KIERAN GILBERT: Thanks for your time, I alluded to that review that you've commissioned by the competition watchdog. What are you hoping to achieve from that? Do you feel that electricity retailers are duding consumers? TREASURER: I think there are some serious questions that are being raised by some recent reports, and work that has […]

Interview with Sabra Lane, ABC AM Radio

27 March 2017

SABRA LANE: Good morning, Treasurer, and welcome. TREASURER: Good morning, Sabra. LANE: Has privatisation of the energy sector failed Australian consumers? TREASURER: Well, I don’t think you can necessarily draw that conclusion. I think what’s important with what the Prime Minister and I will be announcing later today is that to deliver energy security, affordability […]

Doorstop Interview, Parliament House

24 March 2017

TREASURER: Well, it was a very constructive meeting of the state and territory treasurers with the Commonwealth today. We covered a lot of topics as we always do. Apart from updating on the economy, looking at the changing trends in financial technology, we have had the opportunity to review the programmes about business regulation reduction, […]

Doorstop Interview, Canberra

24 March 2017

QUESTION: If we start off with the Treasurer’s meeting this morning, the Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas says that this Federal Government needs to do more to solve the housing affordability crisis. What are you going to bring to the table? TREASURER: The Budget is in May, we’ll be addressing issues of housing affordability in the […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News

24 March 2017

KIERAN GILBERT: Childcare changes have passed the Senate, with me to discuss this and the other issues of the day, the Treasurer Scott Morrison. Mr Morrison, thanks very much for your time. Is this a scenario where Derryn Hinch and David Leyonhjelm have actually helped the Government come up with a better package? Why would […]

Interview with Peter Van Onselen, Sky News

23 March 2017

PETER VAN ONSELEN: Thanks very much for your company, Treasurer. TREASURER: G’day, Peter, pleasure to be here. VAN ONSELEN: Let me start by asking you, I suppose, about the portion of the freezing of the Family Tax Benefit that pays for the childcare component that’s been carved off. Is that a trade-off that’s worth it […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast

22 March 2017

FRAN KELLY: Treasurer, before I get to the Omnibus Bill, can I just ask you about the Government’s proposed changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act? A few weeks ago, you sounded pretty frustrated at the attention to this issue. On this programme you said 18C reform, quote, doesn’t create one job, doesn’t […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

22 March 2017

QUESTION: What can you tell us about the Omnibus Bill? Is the Government planning to reverse some of the welfare changes that it had been planning? TREASURER: Last year, we were able to secure some $22 billion worth of Budget improvement measures after the election. That was a significant achievement and I don’t think most […]

Doorstop Interview, Canberra

20 March 2017

TREASURER: I just got back from the G20 late last night and the good news is that the global economy this time this year is looking much stronger than it was a year ago and the forecast going forward is that things will get better. So things are better than they were and looking to […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

20 March 2017

RAY HADLEY: Scott Morrison good morning. TREASURER: G’day Ray. HADLEY: You’ve just comes back from Germany have you, on the last few hours? TREASURER: We got back in late last night from the G20 meeting, I can tell you there’s not any of those G20 economies, every single one of them would want to be […]

Interview with Peter Switzer, Sky News

20 March 2017

PETER SWITZER: Thanks for joining us, Mr Morrison. TREASURER: Very good to be with you. SWITZER: I’ve got to say, I’m not use to calling you Mr Morrison so it probably won’t last very long. To me, the most important question is, you’ve been to the G20, was the tone different because of Donald Trump, […]

Interview, Bloomberg

18 March 2017

QUESTION: Thank you very much for joining us Mr Treasurer. We have understood that the conversations have basically come down to sort of a G19 plus one. How would you describe the day? TREASURER: Not like that. Things are better today than they were a year ago, the last time we met. I think that […]

Interview with Haidi Lun and Rish Salamat, Bloomberg

13 March 2017

HAIDI LUN: Scott Morrison is with us now, Treasurer great to have you with us. Listen I want to get this out of the way first, there have been various reports of this rift between you and the Prime Minister, that you’ve been sidelined, I believe that was the word that was used. Can you […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

13 March 2017

RAY HADLEY: Treasurer G’day. TREASURER: G’day Ray. HADYLEY: The WA election. Landslide to Labor. TREASURER: Yes it was. There’s no hiding from that, that’s true. HADLEY: Yes, very funny. I’m looking for a comment. TREASURER: The issues in WA were the issues in WA. We understand that. Of all the states in Australia, that is […]

Joint doorstop interview, Tamworth

12 March 2017

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER: It’s really good to have the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia here in Tamworth. It’s been great to go round with Scott yesterday, talking to people in the property development area, seeing the work that’s done. We went out through Moore Creek, and saw the new development that’s going out there, […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast

10 March 2017

FRAN KELLY: Treasurer Scott Morrison, thanks very much for joining us. TREASURER: G'day, Fran. Good to be with you. KELLY: Treasurer, how would a housing affordability finance corporation work – what is the big idea? TREASURER: What has been done overseas and has been working overseas for some time is community housing associations, and indeed, […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

6 March 2017

RAY HADLEY: You’ve said that this year’s Budget will be aimed at middle Australia, specifically addressing housing affordability while avoiding cuts to Medicare, schools and hospitals. I suppose we can fill in the blanks later on, can we? TREASURER: Well, everyone gets excited as we lead up to Budget and people will interpret things as […]

Interview with Peter Van Onselen and Paul Kelly, Sky News

5 March 2017

PETER VAN ONSELEN: To start with we are going to take a look at the state of the economy with the Treasurer who joins us here live in the studio. Thanks very much for your company. TREASURER: G’day Peter. VAN ONSELEN: Good news by and large, is this going to help with getting the Budget […]

Doorstop Interview, Sydney

3 March 2017

TREASURER: Earlier today I visited Aerofloat Industries which is a business actually in my electorate in the Sutherland Shire. This is a business that 18 months ago got a commercialisation grant which they matched with their own money. That business today is worth a turnover of over $2 million. Just 18 months ago they were […]

Interview with Richo, Sky News

3 March 2017

TREASURER: G’day, Graham, good to be with you. GRAHAM RICHARDSON: I’m very glad to hear that, I haven’t talked to you for quite some time. Now, in a week, we haven’t had a lot of good Government news. You at least have got a big smile on your face, those National Accounts figures the other […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

2 March 2017

RAY HADLEY: The Treasurer is on the line. Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: G’day Ray. HADLEY: We did have a yarn, you and I, about the .54 and even though I don’t think you are a nervous nelly you would have been a little bit nervous about those figures prior to them being released. A bit […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News

2 March 2017

KIERAN GILBERT: Joining me is Mr Morrison, thanks very much for your time. First of all, I want to ask you about Wall St, the Dow through 21,000 points off the back of the Trump speech – it’s quite something, isn’t it? This is less than a month after it hit the previous milestone of […]

Interview with Stan Grant, 7.30

1 March 2017

STAN GRANT: Joining me now is Treasurer Scott Morrison. Treasurer I’m glad you could join us. TREASURER: Hi Stan. GRANT: I'm really drawn by something you said today and of course you were saying, look, this is a great result and better than expected, but you also said that growth is not being experienced by […]

Press Conference, Canberra

1 March 2017

TREASURER: Today’s December Quarter National Accounts show that our economy rebounded strongly from the unexpected result that we had in September, growing at 1.1 per cent in the December quarter. This is well above market expectations, as you’d know, and results in an encouraging 2.4 per cent growth through the year result for the 2016 […]

Doorstop Interview, Canberra

1 March 2017

QUESTION: What do you make of the report regarding the Racial Discrimination Act and specifically 18C? Do you think it should be changed? TREASURER: As Treasurer I am focussed on how people are going to afford the price of energy. I am focussed on how people are going to afford to get into the housing […]

Interview with Sabra Lane, ABC AM

1 March 2017

SABRA LANE: I'm joined in the studio by the Treasurer, Scott Morrison. Good morning, Treasurer. TREASURER: Good morning, Sabra. LANE: Will we avoid a recession this morning? Are you confident that the economists are right, that we will get a positive figure this morning? TREASURER: That's certainly the consensus and, frankly, it was the consensus […]

Interview with David Speers, Sky News

1 March 2017

SPEERS: With me now is the Treasurer, Scott Morrison. A very good afternoon to you, thank you for joining me. As I say, the rebound in growth here is broad-based. You’ve been pointing this out as well but about half of it – nearly half of it – is driven by exports. Does that signal […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, 2GB

1 March 2017

ROSS GREENWOOD: Let’s go to the Treasurer, Scott Morrison who is on the line right now. TREASURER: Very happy to be with you as always. GREENWOOD: You would be happy tonight because quite clearly the country is not in recession, far from it. In fact it is strong economic growth. Over the two quarters it […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

27 February 2017

RAY HADLEY: Treasurer, good morning to you. TREASURER: Good morning, Ray. HADLEY: I’ve been thinking about it since very early this morning, about what you’re going to say to me about the 55-45 two-party preferred lead the Labor Party has over the Coalition. What are you going to say? TREASURER: Do you need me here […]

Interview with Matt Taylor and Bernie Lo, CNBC

23 February 2017

MATT TAYLOR: Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison joining us live from his office in Sydney this morning. Treasurer, thanks very much, record sale on that $11 billion parcel that I just mentioned. What was the demand like coming out of the investment market for the Australian paper? TREASURER: Well over $20 billion and that’s the other […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

20 February 2017

RAY HADLEY: Last week you failed to get Senate’s support for the Omnibus Bill aimed at cutting welfare. All of a sudden we had people from one side of politics saying there is an answer to this: increase the Medicare levy – which is just a tax hike. TREASURER: That’s Nick Xenophon’s proposal. There are […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

16 February 2017

RAY HADLEY: Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: G’day Ray. How are you? HADLEY: Not bad a bit earlier than normal for you and me. TREASURER: Yes it is. HADLEY: They’ve taken the big stick to him in the Daily Telegraph today, Nick Xenophon, and I’ve made the point a couple of times this morning, the Senate […]

Interview with Tom Elliott, 3AW

15 February 2017

TOM ELLIOTT: The Budget situation. I read in The Australian today that $13 billion of savings measures have been held up. Is that true? TREASURER: That's true, it's $13.2 billion. We made that clear in December of last year. We were able to get $22 billion through, after the election, and we had a very […]

‘Ticky’ program, Sky News

14 February 2017

TICKY FULLERTON: Treasurer, welcome to the program. TREASURER: G’day Ticky, nice to be with you. FULLERTON: Can I start with these iron ore prices, they're good news, a lot higher than expected indeed, higher than the mid-year outlook back in December. This has got to get the ratings agencies off your back, the triple-A rating […]

Interview with David Speers, Sky News

13 February 2017

DAVID SPEERS: We are back after momentarily losing power there – apologies, Treasurer. TREASURER: I should have brought my coal. DAVID SPEERS: [laughter] The lump of coal. Perhaps. Anyway, we battled through divisions and a brief blackout there as well. Let's get back to this NDIS Bill. What happens if you can't pass all of […]

Joint press conference, Canberra

13 February 2017

TREASURER: On Thursday night in Sydney, the Governor of the Reserve Bank, Dr Lowe gave a very prescient speech to a group of investors who represented some $17 trillion in funds under management. He made a series of points but amongst those points were these. First of all we need to have a competitive tax […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

13 February 2017

RAY HADLEY: Great stuff. As a person who has been involved in the odd stunt myself, the coal into the chamber, great stunt. Were you channelling me at any stage when you went and got that big hunk of coal and hid it and took it in? Were you thinking that wasn’t a bad bet […]

Doorstop interview, Sydney

10 February 2017

TREASURER: Is it wonderful being here in Sydney for the A50, joining my colleagues who have also been presenting here today. Engaging with the world’s investors, fund managers, who make decisions worth billions, tens of billions, hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth that impact on the global economy. For them to come here to Sydney, […]

Interview with Leigh Sales, 7.30, ABC

7 February 2017

LEIGH SALES: With me now is the Treasurer Scott Morrison. Treasurer, if we can start with the Bernardi matter, how worried are you that his new party could take enough votes from you at the next election to cost you government? TREASURER: Well, the Government isn't distracted, Leigh. Put aside the events of today and […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

6 February 2017

RAY HADLEY: Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: G’day Ray. HADLEY: First day back in Parliament for 2017, first Newspoll. Now, I can almost hear you answering the question now but it is not good news for the Coalition, particularly in terms of the primary vote, and that is reflected on two-party. TREASURER: I think we see, […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

6 February 2017

TREASURER: Today as you can see we’ve taken further action on ensuring that Australian home buyers get a fair go when it comes to buying whether it’s their first home or subsequent home by ensuring that our rules on foreign investment are enforced. Under the previous Government they had some rules but they didn’t enforce […]

Doorstop interview, Adelaide

3 February 2017

TREASURER: Happy to be here in South Australia and on such a beautiful day and I just had the great opportunity to catch up with Steven Marshall to talk about a range of things but particularly the need for infrastructure projects here in South Australia that go to both improving productivity but also improve the […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast

2 February 2017

FRAN KELLY: Treasurer, welcome again to Breakfast. TREASURER: Great to be here Fran. KELLY: Treasurer the Prime Minister says coal will have a role to play in Australia’s energy mix for many decades to come. Is the Government open to help paying for these new super critical clean coal plants? TREASURER: Already we have over […]

Interview with David Speers, Sky News

1 February 2017

DAVID SPEERS: Thank you very much Treasurer, thanks for joining us. We heard from the Prime Minister a more detailed, perhaps a stronger argument for the company tax cuts today. Will this change the numbers in the Senate though do you think? TREASURER: We will continue to have those discussions but as he said today, […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

30 January 2017

RAY HADLEY: Treasurer good morning. TREASURER: G’day Ray. HADLEY: Or should I say Scomo? TREASURER: That’s what I’ve been tagged as so I may as well embrace it. HADLEY: So you’re on Facebook now as Scott Morrison Treasurer, in brackets, Scomo. TREASURER: That’s how people are increasingly getting to know me, so I’m happy to […]

Doorstop interview, London

27 January 2017

TREASURER: [AUDIO BEGINS] …opportunity to get behind a lot of the thinking behind those initiatives. This has been a very productive week. Over the course of the week I have also had the opportunity to meet with the Bank of England, the European Central Bank as well of course Chancellor Hammond earlier in the week […]

Interview with Kim Landers, ABC AM

26 January 2017

KIM LANDERS: Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: Happy Australia Day Kim and to all listeners. LANDERS: Thank you. Do you think Australia day should be celebrated on another date? TREASURER: No I don't actually. I think Australian stories go back, you know, well beyond the time that the First Fleet first arrived in Australia and all […]

Interview with David Gura, Bloomberg

25 January 2017

DAVID GURA: This is a trade deal that some have described as ‘being on life support’ here. How confident are you that the TPP will continue to live on? TREASURER: Well, a lot of work has been put in not just by Australia but the other parties to this arrangement. The decision by the President […]