Interviews

Transcript of interview with David SpeersSky PM Agenda Wednesday 30 July 20145:30pm E&OE SUBJECTS: Mr Clive Palmer MP; Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters; Senate voting reform DAVID SPEERS: You’re watching PM Agenda, good to have you with us. The Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Matters looks, after every election, at how the election was run and won and lost, and we’ve already seen some recommendations come out of the Committee in relation to how the Senate election went and the sort of results it produced. Well now it’s looking at the lower house more particularly. It called to give evidence today—in fact, a witness had come forward saying he wanted to give evidence—no less than Clive Palmer. On the day, did he show? No he did not. The Chair of the Committee is with me now—Tony Smith, Liberal MP. Thanks for your time. TONY SMITH: Thanks David. SPEERS: Talk me…
Transcript of interview with Peter van OnselenSky News – PVO News Hour Wednesday 30 July 20147:20pm E&OE SUBJECTS: Mr Clive Palmer MP, Senate voting reform; Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters PETER VAN ONSELEN: Well the Joint Standing Committee that you saw there into electoral matters sat in Canberra today obviously hoping to hear from one of its high profile witnesses as we just saw, but Clive Palmer—he never turned up! The Chair of that Committee is Liberal MP Tony Smith who was briefly there on screen. He faces the unenviable task of pushing through electoral reform at a time when the Government is attempting to placate the micro-parties for the sake of Senate votes. I spoke to Tony Smith a short time ago and I started by asking him if he feels like the Lone Ranger trying to achieve this reform. TONY SMITH: Well look, as you know, we…
Transcript of interview with Peter van OnselenSky News – PVO News Hour Wednesday 16 July 20147:30pm E&OE SUBJECTS: Senate voting reform; Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters PETER VAN ONSELEN: Well as the stalemate continues in the Senate over the carbon tax repeal, the Government’s legislative agenda has stopped in its tracks, perhaps. Following the debacle over lost votes in the 2013 Western Australian Senate contest, the Government moved to investigate how to reform the electoral system to make the polling process more simple and streamlined. Part of the ambit of an independent parliamentary committee into electoral reform was also the future of micro-parties and preference deals. But with crossbenchers proving vital to the Government’s agenda in the Senate, anything that might anger those micro-parties has perhaps been put on the backburner. Liberal MP Tony Smith is the Chair of that particular committee and he joins me now live from…
Transcript of interview with Peter van Onselen (and Sen Sam Dastyari)Sky News – PVO News Hour Thursday 19 June 20147:30pm E&OE SUBJECTS: Iraq; National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program; paid parental leave PETER VAN ONSELEN: We’re going to start with the discussion now between Tony Smith and Sam Dastyari, joining me live now out of the nation’s capital. Gentlemen, thanks very much for being there. I might start with you before we get into the nitty gritty of the week in Parliament, Sam Dastyari. I just interest in your thoughts with your Iranian heritage, in what’s going on in Iraq. Obviously, Iran has been drawn into it. The US has got some reticence about that. It’s a pretty awful situation. What’s your view? SAM DASTYARI: Yeah, look, I mean I think it’s pretty awful. And I think what worries me is, you know, you look at some of the…
Transcript of interview with Peter van Onselen (and Kelvin Thomson MP)Sky News – PVO News Hour Thursday 5 June 20147:30pm E&OE SUBJECTS: Coalition/fuel excise, Minister for Communications, Medicare co-payment, Victorian politics PETER VAN ONSELEN: Well, I’m joined now by Liberal MP Tony Smith and Labor MP Kelvin Thomson live from Canberra to debate the week that was. Thanks gentlemen for your company. TONY SMITH: Good to be with you. KELVIN THOMSON: Good evening Peter, Tony. VAN ONSELEN: Tony Smith, let me start with you. What are you guys in the Liberal Party doing, being so nasty in picking on your poor country bumpkin allies there—the Nationals—teasing them, and mocking them, and pulling the wool over their eyes about the diesel fuel rebate? It’s just mean; it’s like giving kids a Chinese burn in the playground. SMITH: Well how unpredictable you’d be provocative, Peter. But as you’ve heard all day, the…
Transcript of interview with Laura Jayes (and Tim Watts MP)Sky News – Lunchtime Agenda Tuesday 3 June 20141:45pm E&OE SUBJECTS: Emissions reduction, penalty rates, Medicare co-payment, Clive Palmer, the Budget LAURA JAYES: Welcome back to Lunchtime Agenda. Joining me now on my panel of politicians is Labor MP Tim Watts and Liberal MP Tony Smith. Now Tony, first to you. It appears from the ambition that Barack Obama overnight has moved. Is it time perhaps that this Parliament has a rethink? TONY SMITH: We were very clear before the last election what our policy was. That was to abolish the Carbon Tax and to pursue Direct Action, which will reduce our emissions by five per cent on 2000 levels by 2020. Now that’s a bipartisan target. Our great difference is… JAYES: Lower end of the target? SMITH: Well it’s a bipartisan target. I think it’s still a bipartisan target, isn’t…
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