Transcripts

Interview with Virginia Trioli, News Breakfast, ABC TV

18 June 2019

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: Treasurer, good morning. Thanks for joining us from all the way over in the US. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to see you, Virginia. VIRGINIA TRIOLI: Nice to see you. The NAB has declared Australia’s retail sector is in recession. Some economists believe that we are in an effective recession and others that we will […]

Interview with Laura Jayes, First Edition, Sky News

18 June 2019

LAURA JAYES: From Washington – Treasurer, thanks so much for your time. You’ve met with your US counterpart, as I’ve just mentioned, did he give you or did you seek any reassurances? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Look, we talked broadly about the importance of the productivity agenda and the strength of our respective economies, but also about […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast, ABC Radio

18 June 2019

FRAN KELLY: Treasurer, welcome back to RN Breakfast. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Fran. And just one correction; you said we’re ignoring Labor’s request around the cost to the budget of our tax cuts. That is not true. It is clearly stated in statement three of the budget papers that our tax cuts […]

Interview with Gareth Parker, Mornings, 6PR

5 June 2019

GARETH PARKER: Treasurer good morning. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning Gareth. GARETH PARKER: We've played a little bit earlier some words from Shayne Elliot from the ANZ, basically, he's unapologetic for failing to pass on the full interest rate cut saying he's running a commercial enterprise, he's got to worry about shareholders, is that good enough? […]

Interview with David Koch, Sunrise, Channel 7

5 June 2019

DAVID KOCH: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg joins us now from Canberra, Treasurer good morning to you. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning Kochie. DAVID KOCH: What do you say to the ANZ and Westpac who have really been stingy about this and are holding back some stuff for themselves? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well we're deeply disappointed in these decisions […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast, ABC Radio

5 June 2019

FRAN KELLY: Treasurer, welcome back to Breakfast. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning. Nice to be with you, Fran. FRAN KELLY: Now, we all know because you told us that you spoke to the bank chiefs before yesterday's RBA decision on rates. You told them to pass on any interest rate cut in full. Two of them […]

Interview with Deborah Knight, Today Show, Channel 9

5 June 2019

DEBORAH KNIGHT: Treasurer, good morning to you. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning, Deb. DEBORAH KNIGHT: You personally put the Banks on notice, warning them to pass on this cut in full, why are ANZ and Westpac holding out? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, ultimately that's something they'll have to explain to their own customers because I think their […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert & Laura Jayes, AM Agenda, Sky News

5 June 2019

KIERAN GILBERT: Joining us now is the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg. Treasurer, thanks very much for your time.  First up, the banks not listening. You, the Governor of the RBA, have criticised Westpac and ANZ for not passing it on, but it doesn't change much. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well the National Australia Bank and the Commonwealth Bank […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, Mornings, 3AW

5 June 2019

NEIL MITCHELL: My question to the Treasurer; the economy is not great, is it? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, look, the fundamentals of the Australian economy are sound. We've seen 320,000 new jobs being created over the last year and over 1.3 million since we've come to Government. We've retained our AAA credit rating, we're one of […]

Doorstop interview, Parliament House, Canberra

5 June 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Today's National Accounts show that the Australian economy grew by 0.4 per cent in the March Quarter to be 1.8 per cent higher throughout the year. This is within the range of market expectations. The economy continues to grow in the face of significant international and domestic headwinds. However, growth is softer than […]

Interview with Laura Tingle, 7.30 Report, ABC News

4 June 2019

LAURA TINGLE: Josh Frydenberg, what does this decision by the Reserve Bank today actually mean for the economy? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, its good news for households, people with a mortgage if you've got a $400,000 mortgage, this will be worth about $60 a month to you or $720 a year. It's also good news for […]

Doorstop interview, CPO, Melbourne

4 June 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Today, the Reserve Bank of Australia has cut the official rate by 25 basis points to 1.25 per cent. This is the first movement in interest rates since August 2016, almost three years ago. In explaining the announcement, the Reserve Bank Governor has said "today's decision to lower the cash rate will help […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, Mornings, 3AW 693

21 May 2019

NEIL MITCHELL: The Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, good morning. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning to you, Neil. NEIL MITCHELL: So what do you reckon, have you got majority or not? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Look, I see the AEC have us ahead in 77 seats but there's still a number of postal votes to be counted. I mean, […]

Interview with Laura Jayes & Kieran Gilbert, First Edition, Sky News

21 May 2019

KIERAN GILBERT: Josh Frydenberg, thanks for your time, congratulations… JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning. KIERAN GILBERT: …on what the Prime Minister describes a miracle win. How's it feeling this Monday after the achievement of Saturday? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Look, it's a very pleasing result for us and of course we were behind in the polls, but we […]

Interview with Eddie McGuire, Luke Darcy & Wil Anderson, The Hot Breakfast, Triple M

21 May 2019

EDDIE MCGUIRE: Josh, welcome to Triple M's Hot Breakfast, you've been a mainstay on this show right through your political career. How do you feel this morning? Tell me just what you feel in your heart and in your mind. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Mate, I just feel, you know, on top of the world to be […]

Interview with Brian Carlton, Tasmania Talks, 893 LAFM

21 May 2019

BRIAN CARLTON: Josh Frydenberg, the Federal Treasurer and returned member for Kooyong. Congratulations, Mr Frydenberg. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning, to you, Brian, and to your listeners. BRIAN CARLTON: It's a stunning victory, Josh. Were you expecting it? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Look, I think it has probably surprised a lot of people because all the opinion polls […]

Doorstop interview, Berwick Railway Station, Melbourne

8 April 2019

JASON WOOD: Good morning everyone and welcome to La Trobe and in particular here today at Berwick train station. It’s great to have the Treasurer here, Josh Frydenberg, and also Minister Alan Tudge. This is actually now probably the fastest growing electorate in the country. Previously, to bust congestion, we’ve actually committed back in March […]

Interview with Nick Mccallum, Dee Ryall & Darren James, Sunday Mornings, 3AW

7 April 2019

NICK MCCALLUM: Josh, good morning to you. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning. NICK MCCALLUM: I thought there was going to be an election announced this weekend. What has happened? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, there is no haste and there's no delay. There's always been three dates that have been speculated on in the media, the 11th of […]

Interview with Barrie Cassidy, Insiders, ABC TV

7 April 2019

BARRIE CASSIDY: Josh Frydenberg, good morning, welcome. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning, Barrie. BARRIE CASSIDY: Just to pick up on the underfunding of the NDIS, as Chris Bowen says, it's important. I mean, the savings here could have been the difference between a credible surplus and a marginal one. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, look, firstly, the Budget […]

Doorstop Interview, Ocean Grove, Victoria

6 April 2019

SARAH HENDERSON: Well, good morning. It's wonderful to have the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, here in magnificent Ocean Grove, in the wonderful electorate of Corangamite, celebrating the very important measures that we have introduced in this year's Budget, a surplus Budget. This is a Budget back in the black. And of course as a member of […]

Doorstop interview, Parliament House, Canberra

4 April 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, thanks Zed and thanks to you for your leadership in exposing the lies about Labor’s new housing taxes and working so constructively with the property sector. Today, we’ve got people who are involved in the selling of property, we’ve got people involved in the financing of property and we’ve got people who […]

National Press Club Speech Q&A, Parliament House, Canberra

3 April 2019

SABRA LANE: Thank you Treasurer. Before we take questions from the floor; the decision to extend the one-off energy payment to Newstart, which I’d like to focus on, and other recipients: given that it wasn’t in the Budget papers, could you give us some detail of when that decision was arrived that and how that […]

Interview with Sarah Harris, Angela Bishop, Kerri-Anne Kennerley & Merrick Watts, Studio 10, Channel 10

3 April 2019

SARAH HARRIS: Mr Frydenberg, welcome to Studio 10. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning. Nice to be with you. SARAH HARRIS: Much is being made of this $7 billion dollar surplus but, as the secretary of the ACTU has tweeted this morning, what's the point of a surplus if working Australians are struggling to pay the bills? […]

Interview with John Laws, 2SM

3 April 2019

JOHN LAWS: The 2019 Federal Budget has been labelled as the ultimate pre-election Budget with voters heading to the polls next month. The Morrison Government’s decision to announce the parcel of tax relief seemed absolutely inevitable, and it now it feels like the first election strategy has been officially put out in front of the […]

Interview with Sabra Lane, AM, ABC Radio National

3 April 2019

SABRA LANE: Treasurer, good morning and welcome. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Sabra. SABRA LANE: How do you think Australians will regard the promise of lump sums of cash in their bank accounts just weeks after an election? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well we, the Liberals and the Nationals Parties, we want Australians to earn […]

Interview with Michael Rowland, News Breakfast, ABC News 24

3 April 2019

MICHAEL ROWLAND: Joined now by the man of the moment, the federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg. Mr Frydenberg, Good Morning. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning, Michael. MICHAEL ROWLAND: With all of these risks facing the Australian economy, both domestically and overseas, how much trust can voters put in you of the Government achieving that promised – it’s […]

Interview with David Koch, Sunrise, Channel 7

3 April 2019

DAVID KOCH: Treasurer, thanks for your time. People would say, you know, this is a box ticking exercise in lead up to the election. Something for every group that you need to woo their vote. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well this budget is about growing the economy and securing a better future for all Australians, Kochie. The […]

Interview with Chris Uhlmann, Today Show, Channel 9

3 April 2019

CHRIS UHLMANN: Josh Frydenberg, welcome. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning, Chris. CHRIS UHLMANN: $7 billion surplus won’t be inked into the books in fact until September next year, why should we believe that figure will actually happen? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well this is a very credible number, and it’s a significant number and obviously $7 billion in […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, 2GB, Macquarie Radio

2 April 2019

ROSS GREENWOOD: The Treasurer’s here, he’s delivered his first budget only a little over, he finished half an hour ago. Treasurer, welcome to the program, going right around the country. In terms of giving your first budget today, you would have felt the weight of the government on your shoulders I would’ve imagined, given the […]

Interview with Mark Riley, Channel 7

2 April 2019

MARK RILEY: Treasurer, thanks for joining us. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good to be with you Mark. MARK RILEY: Congratulation on your first budget. To have a second budget, you’re going to have to win the election. Is there enough in this to ensure that? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well this budget creates a stronger economy and better future […]

Q&A Press Conference, Parliament House, Canberra

2 April 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Welcome, it’s good to be here with my colleague and friend, the Finance Minister Mathias Cormann. We’ll both say a few words and then open it up to questions. Well Australia is back in the black, with a surplus of $7.1 billion and $45 billion of surpluses over the forward estimates. It is a $2.3 billion […]

Interview with David Speers, Sky News

2 April 2019

DAVID SPEERS: Welcome to our coverage of Budget 2019. He’s just delivered his first Budget as Treasurer and Josh Frydenberg joins me now, very good evening to you. Thank you for joining us this evening, Treasurer. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good evening to you, David. DAVID SPEERS: So, you’ve said Australia is back in the black, but […]

Interview with Brett Mason SBS World News, SBS

2 April 2019

BRETT MASON: $302 billion can buy a lot of things, are you confident it can buy your Government another three years in power? JOSH FRYDENBERG: This Budget has all been about the Australian people, delivering a stronger economy and securing a better future for all Australians. That's what this Budget does, by delivering the first […]

Interview with Chris Uhlmann, 9 News, Channel 9

2 April 2019

CHRIS UHLMANN: Josh Frydenberg, welcome. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you. CHRIS UHLMANN: Now tell us about these tax cuts. When can people get them? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, there are two stages to the tax cut. The first stage is that in 13 weeks’ time when people put in their next tax return, they […]

Interview with Leigh Sales, 7.30, ABC TV

2 April 2019

LEIGH SALES: Josh Frydenberg has just raced to the ABC studio from the floor of the House of Representatives, thank you for making it up here in record time. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good to be with you Leigh. LEIGH SALES: Congratulations also on delivering your first Budget. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Thank you. LEIGH SALES: Treasurer, you just […]

Doorstop interview, Parliament House, Canberra

2 April 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, tonight’s Budget sets Australia up for the next decade. It builds a stronger economy and secures a better Australia for every Australian, and we do that without increasing taxes. Tonight’s surplus is no accident. It’s the product of responsible decisions and an economic plan that is working. There is more to do, […]

Interview with Tim Lester, Channel 7 News, Channel 7

31 March 2019

TIM LESTER: Treasurer, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. First, give us three words that you think crystallise this Budget, that sum it up. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Building a stronger economy that is a few more than three, but that is what it is about. TIM LESTER: That is the core mission? […]

Interview with Peter Van Onselen, Channel 10 News, Channel 10

31 March 2019

PETER VAN ONSELEN: Treasurer. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good to be with you. PETER VAN ONSELEN: You’re going to hand down a surplus in the Budget, it’s a forecast though. Do you feel like Wayne Swan? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, Wayne Swan forecast a $46 billion turnaround in one year. It wasn’t credible. But what we have seen […]

Interview with Chris Uhlmann, Weekend Today, Channel 9

31 March 2019

CHRIS UHLMANN: Josh Frydenberg, welcome. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning. CHRIS UHLMANN: How will your Budget improve the lives of the people watching now? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, Chris this Budget will build a stronger economy and secure a better future for all Australians. It is going to ease the cost of living pressures, it is going […]

Doorstop interview, Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Melbourne

12 March 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Thank you very much. As you know, Commissioner Hayne in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Financial Services Sector made a number of recommendations with respect to mortgage brokers. Firstly, he said that there should be a legislated best interest duty and the Government has said that they will implement that. Secondly, […]

Interview with Patricia Karvelas, Afternoon Briefing,
ABC News 24

6 March 2019

PATRICIA KARVELAS: Josh Frydenberg joins us, welcome to the program. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Patricia. PATRICIA KARVELAS: GDP growth is at 0.2 per cent but per capita GDP growth, which is regarded as a better indicator of changes in living standards, is in negative territory for the second consecutive quarter. This is […]

Press conference, Parliament House, Canberra

6 March 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: The Australian economy is in fundamentally good shape. We are on track to record our 28th consecutive year of economic growth, a remarkable performance. The unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 per cent, the lowest level in seven years, and to a remarkable 3.9 per cent in Australia's biggest state, New South Wales, […]

Interview with John Stanley, Money News, 2GB

6 March 2019

JOHN STANLEY: Treasurer, good evening to you. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good evening to you, John, and to your listeners. JOHN STANLEY: Disappointed with these figures? JOSH FRYDENBERG: No, I'm not, as you say, the economy continues to grow and at 2.7 per cent for the 2018 calendar year this puts Australia's GDP growth rate second only […]

Doorstop interview, Launceston, Tasmania

4 March 2019

BRIDGET ARCHER: It’s wonderful to be here this morning with Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg and acting Premier, Jeremy Rockliff, as well as Senator-designate Wendy Askew and Claire Chandler. It’s an exciting announcement today, $6.4 million for small business investment in Tasmania. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, thanks Bridget. Terrific to be here with you and Claire and […]

Interview with Brian Carlton, Tasmania Talks, LAFM

4 March 2019

BRIAN CARLTON: Joining me in the studio, and I've been trying to organise this chat for a while now, is one of the busiest men in the country, as I indicated juggling way too many things, is the Federal Treasurer, the Honourable Josh Frydenberg. It's great to welcome you to Tasmania Talks in person, Josh. […]

Interview with Eddie McGuire & Luke Darcy, Hot Breakfast, Triple M

28 February 2019

EDDIE MCGUIRE: G’day Josh. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning Ed, Good morning Darc. EDDIE MCGUIRE: Great to have you in town. How’s things going? What’s… LUKE DARCY: He’s pumped up, the Treasurer this morning. He’s got a bit of energy about you this morning, Josh. It’s a topic on the top of your list this morning. […]

Interview with Laura Jayes & Kieran Gilbert, First Edition, Sky News

26 February 2019

LAURA JAYES: Treasurer, thanks so much for your time this morning. There’s some pretty worrying signs out of the IMF this morning. How worried are you about their projection for wages? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, Australia has had gradual wages growth, 2.3 per cent in the most recent wages price index numbers that is in contrast […]

Interview with Deborah Knight, Today Show, Channel 9

26 February 2019

DEBORAH KNIGHT: Treasurer, good morning to you. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning, Deb. DEBORAH KNIGHT: The housing market in Australia, we know, is in a slump and prices are tipped to fall even further. What is this poll by the Property Council found? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, this poll represents a chilling warning about the detrimental impact […]

Interview with Chris Kenny, Kenny on Sunday, Sky News

24 February 2019

CHRIS KENNY: Thanks for joining us, Josh. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Chris. CHRIS KENNY: Look, I want to come to your portfolio issues in just a moment. But first up, when it comes to internal Liberal Party politics, you’ve preselected a new candidate to replace Kelly O’Dwyer in the federal seat of […]

Doorstop interview, Parliament House, Canberra

22 February 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Chris Bowen and Clare O’Neil, they’ve been rolled by their caucus, rolled by their Cabinet and rolled by their Leader. Before the Hayne Commission was even handed down, Chris Bowen said that if Commissioner Hayne recommends it, it shall be done. Clare O’Neil said that Labor would implement every single recommendation. They made […]

Interview with Tom Connell, News Day, Sky News

22 February 2019

TOM CONNELL: Josh Frydenberg, thanks for your time. A new plan from Labor today on compensation for victims of banking misconduct. Your thoughts? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Imitation is the best form of flattery. It has taken them eighteen days to mimic an announcement that we made in our full and comprehensive report to the Hayne Royal […]

Interview with Alan Jones, The Alan Jones Breakfast Show, 2GB & 4BC

22 February 2019

ALAN JONES: Treasurer, good morning. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Alan. ALAN JONES: Thank you. Look, I think I’ve said to a couple of politicians this week that we only ever seem to criticise them and yet it is important to give credit where it is due. And I say on behalf of […]

Interview with Michael Rowland, News Breakfast, ABC TV

22 February 2019

MICHAEL ROWLAND: Treasurer, good morning to you. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning, Michael. MICHAEL ROWLAND: A Labor Government would, under that plan, allow compensation of up to $2 million for individuals ripped off by the major banks. Will the Coalition follow that? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, imitation is the best form of flattery. The Labor Party's following […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast, ABC Radio

22 February 2019

FRAN KELLY: Treasurer, welcome back to breakfast. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Fran. FRAN KELLY: Julie Bishop was the first woman to become Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, a position you now hold, is her departure a significant loss for the Coalition, as you face an election? Given her popularity with the […]

Press conference, Parliament House, Canberra

20 February 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Welcome, it’s a real pleasure to be here with my colleague, the Assistant Minister, Senator Seselja. We’ve just come from a retiree’s tax forum that has been organised by the Alliance for a Fairer Retirement. It included representatives from National Seniors and COSBOA, and a whole series of individuals, who are going to […]

Doorstop interview, Parliament House, Canberra

18 February 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning. It is terrific to be here my friend and Parliamentary colleague, Senator Seselja. We’ve just been at a roundtable with some of Australia’s leading property analysts and businesses, representatives of the Property Council of Australia, Real Estate Institute of Australia, Master Builders of Australia. Mark Bouris was there and many other […]

Interview with Justin Smith, Macquarie Weekly, 2GB, 3AW, 4BC & 6PR

17 February 2019

JUSTIN SMITH: Hello, Treasurer. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Justin. JUSTIN SMITH: What’s the Gold Card going to mean to these people? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, it will mean that they will get the support that they deserve for their service as part of the South East Asian Treaty Organisation, particularly medical support. These […]

Interview with Alan Jones, The Alan Jones Breakfast Show, 2GB & 4BC

15 February 2019

ALAN JONES: Treasurer, good morning. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Alan. ALAN JONES: Thank you. Can we just go to this Phelps’ Bill first. People find it extraordinary that Phelps,  representing a long-standing Liberal electorate, voting with Labor and the Greens. Julia Banks, elected to represent a Liberal electorate and is still the […]

Interview with Graham Richardson, Richo, Sky News

13 February 2019

GRAHAM RICHARDSON: Well, I have discovered he's a pretty good bloke. So may I introduce my friend, I don't think he will object to that, Josh Frydenberg. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Richo. GRAHAM RICHARDSON: Good on you mate, thank you very much. So you've got the Budget coming up and it's only […]

Doorstop interview, Ikon Park, Melbourne

10 February 2019

BRIDGET MCKENZIE: … to be in Melbourne the heart of AFLW today, to make a fabulous announcement from the Federal Government to back Carlton Football Club’s vision for women’s sport. Not just for their elite athletes, but for a whole pathway of development, which is just so exciting. Our Government invested over $230 million in […]

Doorstop interview, Torrens University, Melbourne

10 February 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: It’s terrific to be here with my parliamentary colleagues Sarah Henderson and Senator Jane Hume for the launch of Impact21 and with some very special people. Raynor, great to see you, and also your fellow workers who are going to be participating in this wonderful new program of supporting employment for people with […]

Doorstop interview, Parliament House, Canberra

8 February 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Commonwealth and State Treasurers are meeting here in Canberra to discuss the shared responsibility of managing Australia’s population change. Australia’s population is growing at the fifth fastest rate of OECD countries, faster than it did in the 1980’s and 90’s, and significantly faster than expectations. Indeed, back in 2002, the Intergenerational Report expected […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast, ABC Radio

8 February 2019

FRAN KELLY: Josh Frydenberg, welcome back to Breakfast. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning to you, Fran. FRAN KELLY: I’ll come to the population meeting in a moment. First, the resignation of NAB’s Ken Henry and Andrew Thorburn last night. They quit after that blistering criticism from the Royal Commissioner, Kenneth Hayne. Did you agree that they […]

Doorstop interview, Parliament House

8 February 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good afternoon. It’s a great pleasure to be here with my good friends and colleagues, Alan Tudge and David Coleman. The three of us have just been with state Treasurers at an important meeting to discuss how Australia can better manage the changes that are occurring in population. Australia’s population is growing faster […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, Mornings, 3AW

5 February 2019

NEIL MITCHELL: Earlier today, because he's on a plane now, I recorded an interview with the Treasurer, the man in charge of making it all happen, Josh Frydenberg. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Neil. NEIL MITCHELL: Now the banks are all promising to be good little banks and behave themselves and not be […]

Interview with Michael Rowland, ABC News Breakfast

5 February 2019

MICHAEL ROWLAND: Let's go straight back to that scathing report from banking royal commissioner Kenneth Hayne. We're joined now from Canberra by the Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Treasurer, good morning to you. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning, Michael. MICHAEL ROWLAND: Let's start with the NAB. Its chairman Ken Henry, chief executive Andrew Thorburn excoriated by Kenneth […]

Doorstop interview, Parliament House, Canberra

5 February 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning. Yesterday, the Government announced that it is taking action on all 76 recommendations from Commissioner Hayne. These recommendations are vitally important if we are to rebuild Australian’s trust in our financial system. Our focus is on delivering better consumer outcomes so that Australians feel that they are treated honestly and fairly […]

Interview with David Koch, Sunrise, Channel 7

5 February 2019

DAVID KOCH: Josh Frydenberg joins me now from Canberra, Treasurer, thanks for your time. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning, Kochie. DAVID KOCH: Are you stunned and what this Royal Commission found out about our banking system? JOSH FRYDENBERG: I think everybody is shocked by revelations of fees for no service, fees charged to dead people, the […]

Interview with Sabra Lane, AM, ABC Radio National

5 February 2019

SABRA LANE: Josh Frydenberg, good morning and welcome. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning to you Sabra. SABRA LANE: These banks and financial institutions have destroyed people’s lives, and cost people, some of them, their savings. How long will it take before customers have recompense and the banks don’t prolong this process any further than necessary. JOSH […]

Interview with Georgie Gardner, Today Show, Channel 9

5 February 2019

GEORGIE GARDNER: Treasurer, good morning to you. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Georgie. GEORGIE GARDNER: The Coalition, of course, fought tooth and nail against this Royal Commission, blocking it 26 times. What was the rationale behind resisting it? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, Georgie, look. We can debate the failure of the Labor Government when […]

Interview with Leigh Sales, 7.30 Report, ABC TV

4 February 2019

LEIGH SALES: With me now live from Parliament House is the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg. Thanks for your time. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Leigh. LEIGH SALES: You said you'll act on everything in this report. Given that's 76 things that need fixing, was the  Coalition wrong to strenuously oppose a Royal Commission into […]

Interview with Tom Elliot, Drive, 3AW

4 February 2019

TOM ELLIOT: Ok the Federal Treasurer delivered a speech this afternoon after the banking Royal Commission was released, the Federal Government has said it is committed to taking action on all 76 of the recommendations. The man in charge of this is the Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Mr Frydenberg, good evening. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good afternoon […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, Money News, 2GB

4 February 2019

ROSS GREENWOOD: Many thanks for your time, Treasurer. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good evening, nice to be with you. ROSS GREENWOOD: Do you believe that this goes far enough? Many people are painting this this evening as maybe having gone a bit soft on at least three of the big four banks. JOSH FRYDENBERG: I think it […]

Press Conference, Parliament House, Canberra

4 February 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: I’m going to make a statement before taking questions. Today, the Government is releasing the final report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. It’s a scathing assessment of conduct driven by greed and behaviour that was in breach of existing law and fell well below […]

Doorstop interview, Camberwell, Victoria

30 January 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good afternoon. Today Chris Bowen offended over one million Australians, dismissing their real and deep concerns, about Labor’s retiree’s tax, and arrogantly telling them, to vote against Labor. These people have done nothing wrong. They’ve simply saved for their retirement. And their retirement savings should be protected, not raided. That’s what the Coalition […]

Doorstop Interview, Sydney

22 January 2019

A new transcript has been added to the Treasurer's website.

Interview with Patricia Karvelas, RN Drive, ABC Radio National

22 January 2019

PATRICIA KARVELAS: The Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, joins me now. Welcome back to RN Drive and of course, Happy New Year. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Happy New Year to you too, Patricia. I was enjoying reading your tweets about your travels around the country. PATRICIA KARVELAS: Oh look, I wasn't afraid to share. But let's get to the […]

Interview with Jon Faine, Mornings, ABC Radio Melbourne

21 January 2019

JON FAINE: This year's Federal election will as much as anything be about the economy. Elections always are. Josh Frydenberg, a leading Victorian Liberal is the Member for Kooyong and the Treasurer in Scott Morrison's Federal Government. Mr Frydenberg, good morning to you, happy New Year. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Jon, and […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, Today Show, Channel 9

21 January 2019

ROSS GREENWOOD: Josh, just first up, let's go to the economy and all of that type of thing. The Prime Minister here, last week, said there were economic headwinds. Does this mean that your ability to get the budget back into surplus, you will have a budget in April, of course, is that diminished by […]

Interview with Peter Gleeson, Gleeso’s News Talk, Sky News

21 January 2019

PETER GLEESON: I'm joined now by the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, it's a tough ask, but can you deliver the goods, Josh? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well Peter, we are delivering a stronger economy, and that's not to put a trophy on the cabinet, that's to deliver better education and health services and disability support for millions of […]

Doorstop interview, Lorne, Victoria

12 January 2019

JOURNALIST: On the issue of Rahaf Al-Qunun, the Greens say Canada showed up Australia, do you think that’s fair? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Absolutely not. We have a very generous humanitarian program, one of the most generous in the world and we’ve increased the places for women at risk in particular to find safety in Australia. We […]

Interview with Cathy Van Extel, RN Breakfast, ABC Radio National

10 January 2019

CATHY VAN EXTEL: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, he joins us on Breakfast, good morning. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning Cathy. CATHY VAN EXTEL: Now, the poor performance of the super sector is costing members something like $4 billion every year. The Productivity Commission says you can start fixing that by adopting these 31 recommendations, will you do […]

Interview with Joe O’Brien, 7:30, ABC TV

10 January 2019

JOE O’BRIEN: Treasurer, welcome to 7:30. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Joe. JOE O’BRIEN: Now, you’ve been reluctant to make any definitive statements today because we’re still waiting or the Royal Commission, but how do you feel on principle, about this key recommendation that involves super accounts being created only for new members […]

Doorstop interview, Lorne, Victoria

6 January 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: The Government would like to thank the Victorian Police for their professionalism in dealing with the ugly protests we saw in Melbourne yesterday. Australia has had great success in attracting immigrants from the four corners of the earth. And immigration and it's diversity that it's brought to the Australian community has made us […]

Doorstop interview, Lorne, Victoria

5 January 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: At the next election the choice will be clear between a Government which has reduced taxes, and reduced spending, and created more than 1.2 million new jobs and an opposition that is promising more than $200 billion in new taxes. That's equivalent to around $10,000 of new taxes on every Australian man, woman […]

Doorstop interview, Lorne, Victoria

3 January 2019

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Labor's plan to abolish negative gearing as we know it and to increase the capital gains tax by 50 per cent will be disastrous for the Australian economy. Today, leading independent property expert CoreLogic has issued a warning about the dangers of Labor's plans to abolish negative gearing and increase capital gains tax. […]

Interview with John Stanley, Mornings, 2GB

3 January 2019

JOHN STANLEY: Treasurer, good morning.  JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning to you, John. JOHN STANLEY: Does that surprise you that we've had this drop of what, nationally 4.8 per cent, in house prices, given the pull-back in lending from the banks? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well we've heard from the Reserve Bank of Australia that the slowdown in […]

Interview with Chris Kenny, Nights, 2GB

3 January 2019

CHRIS KENNY: Thanks for joining us Treasurer. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good evening, nice to be with you Chris. CHRIS KENNY: Just tell us about this message for the banking sector. Surely you can’t direct them to approve loans for housing? They’ve got to be diligent about any applications that come their way. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, they […]