Transcript of Interview with Peter Overton, National Nine News
MON 04 MARCH 2013
Subject(s): Western Sydney
HOST: Prime Minister, good evening. Thank you for your time. You say people of the west should not be regarded as second rate. Who says that they actually are?
PM: I was referring to a community's need for recognition and respect.
Sydney's west is a fantastic place. I've had a great day here today and I've had the opportunity to meet people who are doing things like caring for their fellow Australians with disabilities.
I've seen people in local sporting groups. I've had the opportunity to meet with the local councillors. Greater Western Sydney is a place of incredible strength.
And as a Government, we want to work with western Sydney to help today and to build a stronger future tomorrow, which is why of course I have announced that we would invest in an infrastructure project which got people to the city and freight to the port.
HOST: Prime Minister, there are people tonight that can't even put food in their fridge in Sydney's west. They can't do that.
Do you realise it's as bleak as that and you talk about the investment, the potential investment in roads, but what about helping them put food on the table?
PM: We've been working with people here in western Sydney and around the country to alleviate cost of living pressures.
I understand it can be really tough, which is why we have the School Kids Bonus to help with the costs of getting the kids to school; the shoes on the feet, the uniform thank you need to buy, the books, the pens, the paper.
We've also got the tax cut, meaning you don't pay any tax until you've earned more than $18,200.
That matters here in Sydney's west to more than half a million people and it matters right around the country.
Unfortunately these things are in contest at the next election.
We're saying that they should definitely stay because they help people manage cost of living pressures.
HOST: Well PM, I think they want more from you. Thank you for your time.
PM: And I will be here, happy to keep talking to people out here in western Sydney. I’ve very much enjoyed today.