Transcript of the Opposition Leader on The John Laws Morning Show
Laws: This is the John Laws Morning Show, broadcast right across the country, and now we speak with the Opposition Leader, Tamazoid about the latest from parliament and about the party he leads, The Conservarives. Good Morning Tamazoid.
Pleasure to be on this show Lawsy.
Laws: Currently, it appears that parliament is conducting a new ballot for Prime Minister. How do you feel about your chances? Last time I note you only lost it by 2 votes.
That’s right, it was a very close run encounter last time and I think it’ll be very close again. It’ll be a vote decided by the independents.
Laws: Have you been negotiating with the crossbenches for support?
Of course, though I doubt that the SDGP haven’t been doing the same. We’re hopeful of gaining their support, but you never know what happens in politics. Our discussions have been positive though.
Laws: I’ve noticed that many in the SDGP and TIC have been saying that your leadership is near the end of the road so to speak, and that you should be disciplining Robert to save your position.
Look, I just take that as a glowing endorsement of our policies. Our socialist opponents realise that we are the only party with a comprehensive reform agenda to ensure Australia has a prosperous future, so the only thing they can do is fabricate rumours about the people. I know I have the confidence of the party, and Robert has been a strong, loyal deputy who I will continue to work with in the future.
Laws: Last night of course there was an announcement from the government that the Greens and TIC will be continuing their coalition into the next term. What do you make of that?
Regardless they were going to support each other anyway, so it doesn’t make a difference to us. But what it does show is that the Independent Coalition have sold out once again. They are supporting exorbitant tax rises and the destruction of the Australian Defence Force in its current form. They’re endorsing a lot of nasty things, and I pray that they won’t end up with blood on their hands.
Laws: Can you expand on that last comment?
What I’m referring to is the INC’s endorsement of destructive Defence policies, which include not upgrading our airforce to maintain air superiority, and selling off the submarine fleet which makes us extremely vulnerable. The government, especially Arwon, is in it’s own fairy land which will ultimately have repercussions for our national security. This was a test of whether the INC had any principles, whether they were concerned with Australia’s national security, and they’ve failed that test.
Laws: Should you win government, what would be on your agenda?
If I end up with the honour of being Prime Minister, The Conservatives would look to put in place our broad reform agenda that we have made public so far, and during the course of the election we’d be looking to unveil further policies that will be of benefit to all Australians. The Conservatives in government will reform welfare, maintain a strong economy, keep taxes low, reform industrial relations and protect the environment, areas the government has neglected during its term of ineptitude. There are issues important to ordinary Australians that have been neglected, and the Conservatives will look to fix these.
Laws: You’ve spoken much about relieving small business, and MrM has recently said publicly that his party want to abolish payroll tax, which is a policy position you also hold. What do you make of that?
Naturally I welcome the INC developing a policy position, which is pretty rare, and even more so given that it is an endorsement of what The Conservatives want to do. I doubt he would be successful in implementing that however, Brizza and their Green masters have consistently denied that payroll tax inhibits small business.
Laws: On the environment, The Conservatives have certainly been the more proactive party. But the Prime Minister seems to have copied your Plastic Bag Levy Bill.
Whilst I welcome him actually wanting to do something for the environment, it is rather disappointing that he and his party are so devoid of their own ideas that they have to come and blatantly copy Conservative ones. But the public knows which party has the record of preserving the environment, and they will see the Greens have run out of ideas. They have no long-term vision, no reform agenda, except to dismantle our defence forces. And may I just say that this is absolutely shameful of the socialists, and one expects them to perform poorly in the Senate elections as a result.
Laws: The PDP have re-emerged on the political scene, does that affect The Conservatives?
For one it means that we’re no longer the only active non-socialist force in politics. After losing government they seemed to lose direction, and perhaps this is the start of something for them. But time will tell if that happens. Nevertheless I get on quite well with the PDP, and a Conservative Government would look to work together with other parliamentarians to achieve real reform that benefits ordinary Australians.
Laws: Well, we’ll have to leave it there. Opposition Leader, thankyou for your time.