Peter Costello

Media Transcripts

Budget - Interview with Mark Riley - Channel 7

TRANSCRIPT

THE HON PETER COSTELLO MP

TREASURER

Interview with Mark Riley
Channel 7

Tuesday, 11 May 2004

SUBJECTS: Budget

RILEY:

Welcome Treasurer. What do low to middle income earners get from this Budget?

TREASURER:

Enormous family assistance for Australia’s families because payments will be increased and they will be changed so that Mum’s will be assisted as they come out of the workforce to have children and they will be assisted as they get back into the workforce and there will be additional childcare opportunities for them. So, we are re-vamping the whole work and family area and helping Mum’s who are struggling to juggle work and family.

RILEY:

The surplus has been spent down to about $2.4 billion, that doesn’t leave much money for an election campaign, is this about it before the vote?

TREASURER:

I think that is a prudent level, I don’t think it does leave room for much spending, it is our seventh surplus, it is not a huge one, it is a responsible one, but we should have a Budget in surplus and that has been a big part of Australia’s economic strength, the fact that we have got our Budget into surplus and we have kept it there for the last seven years.

RILEY:

These $600 cheques to families. How to vote cheques?

TREASURER:

Well, it is a down payment on the reform. So often the Government says, we are going to reform something (inaudible) get a benefit (inaudible) in 12 months or 18 months. We say to the Senate, pass it now, and that payment, that first instalment of family reform can start before 30 June and what’s more pass the income tax reductions and you can get a tax cut on 1 July. Now, we have put it into the Parliament, it is out of our hands, it is up to the Senate now.

RILEY:

Paul Keating described one of his Budgets as bringing home the bacon. How do you describe this one?

TREASURER:

This is the one that stops the barbeque.

RILEY:

Very good, (inaudible).

TREASURER:

Well, well you know they talk about the barbeque stopper between, the topic of conversation on work and family, this has stopped the barbeque and it is worth looking at very carefully.

RILEY:

Thanks very much for your time Treasurer.

TREASURER:

Thanks.

11 May 2004

View more media transcripts …

Latest News

Paris Diary

Peter Costello Paris Diary

Read more …

PPI - Rising Role of Sovereign Wealth Funds

Peter Costello Rising Role of Sovereign Funds Speech

Read more …

The Hole Truth

Peter Costello in the Daily Telegraph

Read more …

Videos

Video Screenshot

Watch videos …