I spoke on 2SM today with Leon Delaney about the fact that the Abbott Government may be strong at standing up to the weak, but it’s weak at standing up to the strong.
SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION
MEMBER FOR FRASER
2SM WITH LEON DELANEY
THURSDAY, 24 APRIL, 2014
SUBJECT/S: Budget cuts; Means testing; Expenditure on Joint Strike fighter; Superannuation; Pensions.
LEON DELANEY, PRESENTER: I said at the beginning of the show today, I’ve never seen a scare campaign like it. It’s most unusual, in fact unique, because it is a scare campaign being conducted by the Government against itself, basically. We’re being told to be fearful of what might be in the Budget in a couple of Tuesdays away from now. So that’s very, very strange, very unusual. We almost don’t need the Opposition to tell us to worry about it because the Government is telling us to worry about it. Nevertheless I thought we should find out what the Opposition thinks. On the line now, the Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh. Good morning
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Good morning.
DELANEY: How are you today?
LEIGH: I’m very well, how are you?
DELANEY: Very well thanks. There’s almost nothing for you to do because Joe Hockey’s doing all the scaring for you isn’t he?
LEIGH: You put it very nicely. Yes, Mr Hockey is good at one thing in the area of manufacturing, and that’s manufacturing a budget crisis. I think he wants people to forget that last year he did the deal with the Greens for unlimited debt, he said ‘no’ to 50 tax measures that Labor had put in place, and he gave $9 billion to the reserve Bank that they hadn’t asked for. Now he’s standing around saying, lo and behold, there are fiscal problems, when he’s doubled the deficit.