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Wayne Swan

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer

3 December 2007 - 27 June 2013

29 November 2012

Doorstop interview

Canberra

SUBJECTS: 'Kids Alive, Do the Five' water safety DVD; Tony Abbott's smear campaign.

TREASURER:

(inaudible) save some lives and it's gone on from there, so it's quite a significant financial commitment of some millions of dollars over four or five years.  We're also working with Laurie about our curriculum for child care centres and so on.  So we're doing a lot of work in this area because we take it very seriously.

JOURNALIST:

Has Julia Gillard's position become untenable?

TREASURER:

I think those sort of statements are absolutely ridiculous.  I think Australians are sick to their back teeth at this discredited smear campaign from Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop.  What they want the Parliament to talk about are the things that matter to them.  Jobs, education, National Disability Insurance Scheme; that's what Australians want the Parliament talking about, not this smear campaign from Mr Abbott and Ms Bishop.

JOURNALIST:

Tony Abbott said on the Today Show this morning that it appears the Prime Minister has broken the law. What's your response to that?

TREASURER:

Mr Abbott is a very desperate man and all he's got left now is a smear campaign, nothing else.

JOURNALIST:

Does the Prime Minister need to put a statement into Parliament to get on with the process of governing?  

TREASURER:

All of this smear campaign from Mr Abbott, Mr Pyne, Ms Bishop – Australians are just sick of it.  They want the Parliament to concentrate on the things that matter, they want the Parliament to concentrate on jobs, they want the Parliament to concentrate on education, on improving schools, they want the Parliament to concentrate on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  That's what the Parliament ought to be doing.