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Wayne Swan

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer

3 December 2007 - 27 June 2013

13 June 2013

Interview with Sarah and Paddy, 107.7FM 2GO

Central Coast

SUBJECTS: NBN; 'Give Me 5 For Kids'

ANNOUNCER:

Good morning Swanny!

TREASURER:

Good morning.

ANNOUNCER:

Thank you so much for joining us. You've got a busy day ahead with the big summit on the way.

TREASURER:

Yes, I'm just about to go into the Gosford City Council to talk to a group of people who are associated with the TAFE and education from the Hunter TAFE, being delivered here via high speed broadband. So that's all pretty exciting – the NBN and what it's going to do for innovation to connect the coast, not just to the rest of the country, but to the world.

ANNOUNCER:

Wayne, with all the polls that are around does that – sometimes you just go oh here we go again?

TREASURER:

Well, I don't think your listeners are all that interested in opinion polls. I think they are interested in what's happening in their lives.

ANNOUNCER:

On the Central Coast.

TREASURER:

And things like fast broadband actually.

ANNOUNCER:

Yeah things that are annoying us. That's what you guys always cop, isn't it? I guess today is about bringing ideas forward and thinking outside the square, would you say?

TREASURER:

Too right. You know, there's just a tremendous technological change happening in our world driven by the internet and it brings enormous possibilities, not just in the delivery of educational services or health services, but huge productivity improvements for businesses. I mean, you can be running a business from the coast and be doing business anywhere in the world if you've got access to fast broadband. So it really changes the way we live. It changes the way we deliver services. It changes the way we do business.

ANNOUNCER:

And that's it, isn't it? And help drive the economy through that, through those smart ideas.

TREASURER:

Too right. We've got a pretty resilient economy but there are challenges for various sectors particularly caused by a relatively high Australian dollar, but changes in technology give us immense possibilities to deal with those headwinds.

ANNOUNCER:

We're into the second week of Give Me 5 For Kids. This is a huge fundraiser on the Central Coast. As we said, into the second week. Tomorrow we've got ‘Pay to Play' and it's where you give us a call and you pay for a particular song. How much – if you were a listener on the central coast – would you pay to listen to a Bruce Springsteen song?

TREASURER:

I'll pay you $50 for We Take Care of our Own. How about that?

ANNOUNCER:

Oh great, alright.

ANNOUNCER:

We've got a little bit of a hungry heart but we'll be putting that on tomorrow as pay –

TREASURER:

Off the Wrecking Ball album.

ANNOUNCER:

Off the Wrecking Ball album!

ANNOUNCER:

You know it! Oh that's good!

ANNOUNCER:

Is that the music you love listening to Wayne? Is there any other or anything else we can bribe you with?

TREASURER:

I like lots of contemporary music as well but the Wrecking Ball album from Bruce Springsteen is pretty contemporary and plenty of your listeners would have seen him on his recent tour. It was pretty sensational. I like a lot of Aussie music as well. All the way through, my kids play a lot of music and are involved in bands. It's one of the great pleasures of life.

ANNOUNCER:

It certainly is. So we're going to try to figure out your favourites and charge you $50 each for them! It's all for the kids on the Central Coast because we do that every year just to collect just for the one month, Wayne. For the kids wards at Gosford and Wyong hospital and also Camp Breakaway which you know about – definitely doing some wonderful work here on the Central Coast. And also a great school called Glenvale Special School and they're just awesome people. Great teachers and the kids there are just the most loving, wonderful kids, and we are going to try and get them a new playground. So we really appreciate it.

TREASURER:

That's what we're talking about today too – education and DisabilityCare Australia. A lot of people have been left behind with severe and permanent disabilities. There's big change coming in that area and that's very exciting.

ANNOUNCER:

Well that's great. The kids would be pleased to hear that and we'll try and get some Bruce on for you. We might play a couple for you.

ANNOUNCER:

Was it $50 per song? How many do you want?

TREASURER:

Just one.

ANNOUNCER:

Alright. Wayne Swan thank you so much. Have a great time today

ANNOUNCER:

We know you're at the Innovation Summit as well this morning.

TREASURER:

Okay good to talk to you.

ANNOUNCER:

Alright Wayne, we better let you go. You have a very busy day on the Central Coast. Say hello to Deb O'Neill too, Wayne!

TREASURER:

Okay, will do.