Interviews

Transcript of interview with Peter van OnselenSky News – PVO News Hour Monday 14 April 20147:40pm E&OE SUBJECTS: Youth unemployment; Budget; aged pension; electoral matters PETER VAN ONSELEN: We’re now joined by Liberal MP Tony Smith live from Melbourne. Tony Smith, a lot to talk about in the electoral affairs area. But can I just start with your reaction to this, I guess, startling report about the extent of youth unemployment as a problem since the GFC, which has tripled in numbers, particularly in terms of long-term unemployment. A lot of people have said to me that they think the welfare system is the kind of area someone like Tony Abbott might be more inclined, rather than less, to do some major adjustments, given his interest in the policy area. Do you think that’s likely in the May Budget? TONY SMITH: Well we’ve got a month to go, Peter, and…
Transcript of interview with Tom Elliott 3AW - Drive Friday 4 April 2014 4:10pm E&OE SUBJECTS: Senate voting; electronic voting; voter identification TOM ELLIOTT: Our voting system has worked very well here in Australia for the best part of 100 years, but could it be improved? Now at the last federal election, more than 6 months ago now, 1370 senate votes in Western Australia were lost by the Australian Electoral Commission. As a result, West Australians tomorrow have to go back to the polls and who knows what might happen with the senate candidates they pick. On top of this, just a couple of days ago, a ballot box was taken to an aged care facility in WA. The ballot box was later declared to be insecure and 75 votes cast by the residents of the aged care facility are now invalid. Those people will have to vote again. And…
Transcript of interview with Peter van Onselen and Nick Champion MPSky News – PVO News Hour Thursday 3 April 20147:30pm E&OE SUBJECTS: Federal Budget; Western Australian half Senate Election; Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters PETER VAN ONSELEN: I’m joined now by Liberal MP Tony Smith and Labor’s Nick Champion. Gentlemen, thanks very much for being there. Let me go to you first, Tony Smith. Now, you are a former senior adviser to Peter Costello. He famously brought in the GST. We all know we need to do something about the GST. Members of the executive on both sides, it has to be said, run from this issue. Come on, give us some powerful comment from the backbench. Would you like to see changes to the GST? TONY SMITH: I’m going to disappoint you Peter. No, I completely agree with Joe Hockey with this, and I was there when the…
Transcript of Interview Sky Lunchtime Agenda with Tom Connell (and Stephen Jones MP) Thursday 6th March 20141.30pm E & O E SUBJECTS: Qantas, profit shifting, emissions reduction, the Speaker TOM CONNELL: So despite Labor’s protestations, this bill passed easily in the House of Representatives. It will head to the Senate, and that’s where it will falter, with Labor and The Greens determined to vote “no”. Well, for more on Qantas and the rest of the day’s political issues, I’m joined by our panel today: newly minted Labor frontbencher Stephen Jones, also Liberal MP Tony Smith. Welcome to both of you. TONY SMITH: Congratulations Stephen. STEPHEN JONES: Thanks Tony. CONNELL: Starting on a very friendly note, let’s see how the rest of the show goes. Let’s start with a not-so-friendly note: “cheese eating surrender monkeys”. JONES: All that talk of cheese made me hungry, I’ve got to say, after the debate…
Transcript of Interview with Peter van OnselenSky News – PVO News Hour Wednesday, 26 February 20147.20 pm E & O E SUBJECT: Ballot security;Voter ID; Electoral Matters Committee; Australian Electoral Commission PETER VAN ONSELEN: Well the shocking failures of the AEC during the 2013 elections bring into question whether votes counted at the ballot box are actually being counted in the tally room. How safe, really, is your vote? Joining me now is the chair of the House of Representatives electoral affairs committee, Liberal MP Tony Smith. Mr Smith thanks for being there. Let’s just get a couple of facts on the table first. There’s no CCTV footage when you go in to vote, correct? TONY SMITH MP: That’s right. VAN ONSELEN: And when to go into vote, there’s no signing off of your name, or anything with ID attached to that process. Correct? SMITH: That’s correct. VAN ONSELEN: And…
Transcript of Interview with Julie DoyleABC News 24 – Capital Hill Friday, 21 February 20141.10 pm E & O E SUBJECT: WA Senate Election;Electoral Matters Committee Public Hearings; Australian Electoral Commission; JULIE DOYLE: Well voters and candidates in WA are preparing to head back to the polls after this week’s ruling by the High Court declaring the Senate election void. A date for the new poll hasn’t been set yet, but all 6 Senate positions will be up for grabs. The High Court made its decision after it was revealed more than 1300 ballot papers had gone missing. The Parliamentary Committee examining the election is pushing ahead with its inquiry into what went wrong. The Committee’s chair, Tony Smith, joined me from Melbourne a short time ago. Tony - you referred to this whole episode as an extraordinary debacle. Is a fresh election the best result? TONY SMITH MP: Well…
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