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Nick Sherry

Assistant Treasurer

9 June 2009 - 14 September 2010

Transcript of 23/06/2010

Interview with Tim Cox

ABC Radio 936 Hobart, Statewide Mornings

24 June 2010

SUBJECTS: New Prime Minister

TIM COX:

The first of whom is Labor Senator for Tasmania and Assistant Treasurer, Nick Sherry. A very good morning to you.

NICK SHERRY:

Good morning Tim and good morning to your listeners.

COX:

Where do the unions stand in relation to this – reading all the analysis yesterday and today – Bill Shorten, of course, former AWU General Secretary is seen as being the man that got the ball rolling; Paul Howes on Lateline, a remarkably candid interview on Wednesday night as well – are the unions back wielding more power in the Parliamentary party?

SHERRY:

No, I think yesterday's decision reflects the broader views in Caucus. Whatever a person's background … the union movement in this issue were essentially irrelevant. As I say, there's a very diverse background of people in Caucus, some of whom come from a union background, some – including myself I have to say – and frankly the views of my former union for example were just irrelevant in this issue.

COX:

So what was relevant?

SHERRY:

Oh, I think as Julia said yesterday, that Kevin had lost his way somewhat on a couple of issues. The Government as a consequence had lost its way, lost its sense of direction, and that was the, that was the fundamental disagreement between Julia and Kevin.

COX:

All right, what's the way forward now for Labor under Julia Gillard? As I said none of the issues that dogged Kevin Rudd's leadership and prime ministership have disappeared.

SHERRY:

Well, they haven't disappeared, but Julia yesterday I think outlined for example on the resources tax, that her door was open, the advertising war would cease, and there would be a full set of discussions and negotiations – for example I think that's one area where – I think that's a good start going forward. Julia's a great woman - she's very warm, engaging, she's very, very intelligent and she's got quite a sense of humour at times. So, but going forward it will be just focusing on keeping the Australian economy strong as we have for the last two-and-a-half years and focusing on improving services in areas like health and education.

COX:

How do you get on with her? What's your relationship with her?

SHERRY:

Very, very good. I've had a pretty good relationship with both Kevin and Julia; they're both fantastic people, in quite different ways, in some aspects of their approach. But they're both fantastic people.

COX:

All right … Will you be seeking to hold onto or seeking to hold onto the portfolio you're holding?

SHERRY:

Certainly, I'm currently the Assistant Treasurer, at the end of the day I respect the decisions of the Leader to make that decision.

COX:

But do you want to hold onto this portfolio?

SHERRY:

Oh, well, that's the decision of the Leader. I've indicated I want to continue being a minister and as Assistant Treasurer. But that's ultimately something for Julia.

COX:

Yes, all right, Nick Sherry we'll see what the coming weeks hold. Thanks for your time this morning.

SHERRY:

Thank you, good morning.

COX:

Labor Senator for Tasmania Nick Sherry, the Assistant Treasurer there.