Radio interview with Cliffo and Loggy – HIT 103.1FM

Transcript
28 Sep 2017
Townsville, QLD
Prime Minister
NRL Grand Final; flights to the grand final; same-sex marriage; Townsville stadium
E&OE

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

We’ve got the top dog, he wants in, he’s waiting on the phone so let’s welcome him to our show, Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull.

GUY CLIFTON:

Hello Malcolm! Good morning!

PRIME MINISTER:

G’day, good morning. Great to be with you. How excited are you guys?

GUY CLIFTON:

Oh mate.

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

Oh Malcolm, I’m sweating all the time I’m so excited.

GUY CLIFTON:

The town is absolutely alive and I’m glad you bring the whole Cowboys into the Grand Final thing because you are a Roosters supporter, aren’t you Malcolm?

PRIME MINISTER:

I am, I am and I was heartbroken when they were knocked out of the competition by the Cowboys, but I am over that, I’ve got over that and I’ll be supporting the Cowboys, barracking for the Cowboys.

GUY CLIFTON:

Okay! You will be!

PRIME MINISTER:

I will be yeah.

GUY CLIFTON:

We weren’t sure because after of course the Roosters got a plucking - and I’m saying plucking with a ‘p’ there - by the Cowboys, we thought you might be, you know ‘#TeamStorm’.

[Laughter]

PRIME MINISTER:

#anyonebuttheteamthatgotmineoutofthecompetition

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

Yeah, pretty much.

GUY CLIFTON:

Yeah, that’s right.

PRIME MINISTER:

No I think, look, it is just an amazing Cinderella story isn’t it? I mean, no one gave you a chance. The Cowboys, were they eighth in the finals?

GUY CLIFTON:

Yeah, they were.

PRIME MINISTER:

Yeah, so, what an extraordinary climb back and to do all of that without JT is amazing.

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

Are you going to the Grand Final on Sunday?

PRIME MINISTER:

We’ll be there! I will be there.

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

Okay, are you going to leave the baby and the beers at home, so there is no controversy?

[Laughter]

GUY CLIFTON:

Wasn’t that a storm in a teacup!

PRIME MINISTER:

It’s a bit late for baby Alice. She’s better in the afternoon.

GUY CLIFTON:

While we are on the whole footy thing, what do you make of the airlines upping the airfares the moment the Cowboys got into the Grand Final?

PRIME MINISTER:

Yeah well look, I’ve heard about that, I’m concerned about it. I actually just put the phone down to Alan Joyce who is the Chief Executive of Qantas.

GUY CLIFTON:

Wow.

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

Yes?

PRIME MINISTER:

Now Alan has said to me that they have put on some extra flights, some extra services and he is looking to put on some more. And I have encouraged him to do that.

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

Good on you! Hey, can I just ask, I know, we know the President of the United States has Air Force One. What do you get around in Malcolm? Is it a new plane or is it like an old Ansett one or what is it?

PRIME MINISTER:

Well, John Key who is the former prime minister of New Zealand, nicknamed the Air Force plane that flies me around ‘Wombat One,’ which I think is a fantastic name.

[Laughter]

It’s a great name!

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

 ‘We are coming in now, Wombat One’.

PRIME MINISTER:

Wombat One! Yeah, it must be about 10 or 12 years old. It’s a 737, it’s a Boeing Business Jet.

GUY CLIFTON:

Right.

PRIME MINISTER:

And they’ve got a couple, they’ve got two of those.

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

Cool.

PRIME MINISTER:

And they mostly fly me and the Governor-General but they’re used for other purposes as well.

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

Party planes!

[Laughter]

GUY CLIFTON:

Wombat One.

PRIME MINISTER:

Hard work, all the time.

GUY CLIFTON:

They sound big and clunky and chunky don’t they? Wombat One.

Hey while we’ve got you on, we’ve been doing a lot of content of the show recently concerning same-sex marriage. The postal survey, it started a couple of weeks ago, how do you make, well what do you make of the survey so far Malcolm?

PRIME MINISTER:

Well Lucy and I support ‘yes’. We voted ‘yes’ in the survey and you know you would’ve seen me post it on Facebook, us actually posting the surveys back. So I encourage everyone to get their survey back. My impression is - and we’ll get some official figures early next week I believe – but my impression is that there’s been a very high turnout. You know, a lot of people said everyone will just throw it in the bin, they won’t participate. I think its going to be a very high turnout, particularly for a voluntary postal vote. It’s now in the hands of the Australian people, but I think that while there’ve been a few ugly incidents, overall the debate has been very respectful and that’s been good.

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

Okay.

GUY CLIFTON:

And if it does come to pass and it passes through Parliament and all that, how long before same-sex couples will actually be married. Is it a pretty quick turnaround after that or?

PRIME MINISTER:

Let’s say it gets passed, it should be fairly, it should be very fast. I mean once a bill is passed through the parliament it’s simply a question of getting the Governor General to sign off on it. Whether a same-sex marriage could occur before Christmas I couldn’t say, but it will follow very rapidly. Once the people have spoken – assuming they say ‘yes’ of course that’s the big assumption – assuming that people say ‘yes’ Parliament will ensure that the will of the people is carried out rapidly.

GUY CLIFTON:

Alright.

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

Alright, good to hear.

GUY CLIFTON:

Well we’ve learnt he’s voting ‘yes’, he flies around in Wombat One.

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

Yes.

GUY CLIFTON:

Devastated the Roosters are out, but he is supporting the Cowboys.

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

Good to know.

GUY CLIFTON:

So we like that.

PRIME MINISTER:

And congratulations to Michael Morgan too, by the way.

GUY CLIFTON:

Yes!

PRIME MINISTER:

Halfback of the year.

GUY CLIFTON:

Yeah, runner up for Dally M.

PRIME MINISTER:

That’s right, so look it’ll be great and you know I was last up in Townsville with Gavin Cooper, you remember at the site of the new stadium which we’re funding $100 million into. I made my attempt of doing the marking the try line.

[Laughter]

Definitely indicating I should stick to my day job I think.

LAUREN TEMUSKOS:

That’s good.

GUY CLIFTON:

And that’s how Malcolm Turnbull got paint on his new shoes everyone.

[Laughter]

The Prime Minister of our country, Malcolm Turnbull, thank you so much for being so generous with your time, appreciate it. Go Cowboys!

PRIME MINISTER:

Thank you.

[ENDS]