Q: Prime Minister, what is your message to the Australian people?
A: My government is focused on jobs and growth.
Q: What do you hope to get by focusing on jobs and growth?
A: Oh, a much clearer view.
Q: Do you have that view yet?
A: Oh, yes most certainly and it’s much clearer. We need to focus on technology, science, innovation, education and the very exciting transition to the new economy.
Q: How can you focus on education when you’re cutting funding universities?
A: The University sector will need to become more agile.
Q: By cutting jobs?
A: That is one form of agility. Yes.
Q: And your focus on science? I suppose CSIRO is becoming more agile by sacking scientists?
A: CSIRO is making the transition to the new economy.There’s never been more exciting time to be a scientist in Australia.
Q: Germany, the 4th largest economy in the world is generating 90% of its power from renewables. Does your government have any plans to use the transition to renewable energy to support your focus on jobs and growth?
Q: Never been a more exciting time to be a coalminer in Australia?