Transcripts

Doorstop interview, Parliament House, Canberra

18 October 2018

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, it’s terrific to be here with my friend and parliamentary colleague, Senator Cash, the Minister for Small and Family Business. Well, today is a big step forward in our efforts to grow the Australian economy. The Senate has just passed the Morrison Government’s legislation to provide tax cuts to more than three […]

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

18 October 2018

ALAN JONES: Treasurer, good morning. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you Alan. ALAN JONES: Thank you. Can I just ask you the first question about this embassy issue? Are you going to be moving the embassy to Jerusalem; the Australian Embassy and advancing the two-state solution? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, the Prime Minister is going […]

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

17 October 2018

KIERAN GILBERT: First of all, Mr Frydenberg, in relation to the consideration of moving the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, there's been some backlash from the diplomats from Arab nations in Canberra, also out of Jakarta. The Prime Minister's playing down the concerns in relation to the free trade agreement, but clearly […]

Doorstop interview, Parliament House, Canberra

16 October 2018

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Okay, well thank you very much. As you know, the GST system has not been working for all Australians. We had a ridiculous situation where Western Australia was only getting 30 cents in the dollar. So, Scott Morrison, then the Treasurer, asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a review. The states and the […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast, ABC Radio National

15 October 2018

FRAN KELLY: Josh Frydenberg has just returned from talks with G20 finance leaders, he joins us in Melbourne. Minister, welcome back to Breakfast. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you Fran. FRAN KELLY: Treasurer, economic forecasters are tipping the Budget could be back in balance this year; 12 months ahead of schedule. Do you agree? […]

Doorstop interview, Bali, Indonesia

12 October 2018

JOSH FRYDENBERG: I am here with Ambassador Malik of the United Kingdom, because 16 years ago today, there was an enormous tragedy. It was a very dark day in the history of Indonesia and Australia. Two-hundred and two innocent people lost their lives in the Bali Bombings; 88 Australians, 23 from the United Kingdom, 38 […]

Interview with Kathleen Hays, Bloomberg

12 October 2018

KATHLEEN HAYS: Josh Frydenberg joins me now. He is the Treasurer of Australia, he’s in his job, about five weeks now and we’re very glad that he could join us. And I bet you’re very happy to be at this meeting. You said you had an interesting conversation with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, now […]

Doorstop interview, Kofsky Optometry, Sydney

10 October 2018

JOSH FRYDENBERG: It is great to be here at a local optometrist here in Wentworth with Dave Sharma our great candidate for Wentworth who has great vision for this electorate. You don't need glasses to see the great danger and risk that Bill Shorten poses to the Australian economy. Dave on the other hand is […]

Interview with Sharri Markson, Sky News

9 October 2018

SHARRI MARKSON: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, thank you for joining me today. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you Sharri. SHARRI MARKSON: Now, you're creeping towards a federal election but Bill Shorten is so far ahead in the polls that he even feels comfortable having his own input from policy to positions like the Governor General […]

Doorstop interview, Vision Australia, Kooyong

8 October 2018

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, good morning. It is a great pleasure to be here at Vision Australia where we have revealed the new $50 note with tactile features which will assist the 350,000 blind and vision impaired Australians better use our currency and participate fully in society, as we all want them to do. Yesterday, Bill […]

Interview with David Speers, Speers on Sunday, Sky News

7 October 2018

DAVID SPEERS: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, welcome to the program, good to see you there. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to see you David. DAVID SPEERS: Look, before we get to all of that, this mental health announcement that you and Greg Hunt are making today. Australia’s suicide rate, we know has been climbing despite the extra money […]

Interview with Chris Kenny, Friday Feedback, 2GB

5 October 2018

CHRIS KENNY: Josh Frydenberg joined me just a short time ago. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Chris. CHRIS KENNY: Look, you had the stoush this week with the states over how to carve up the GST. Of course, this debate goes on year after year, after year. But there’s no way, surely, that […]

Interview with Alan Jones, Breakfast, 2GB and 4BC

4 October 2018

ALAN JONES: Treasurer, good morning. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you Alan and glad to hear you’re taking up fencing. ALAN JONES: That’s enough out of you. Isn’t it true, I mean, I know you’re new to this and most probably as hypnotised by some of it as all of us, that it is […]

Interview with Carrie Bickmore, Madeleine West, Pete Helliar and Hamish Macdonald, The Project, Channel Ten

3 October 2018

CARRIE BICKMORE: Josh, great day today, but let’s get to it. If we can axe the tampon tax, why can’t we remove the GST on things like breast pumps and nipple shields.  JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, we are keeping it to feminine hygiene products, as you say tampons, pads and liners. That will cost about $30 […]

Interview with Ben Fordham, Sydney Live, 2GB

3 October 2018

BEN FORDHAM: Treasurer, good afternoon. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Ben. BEN FORDHAM: I seem to remember that it was a former Treasurer Joe Hockey who said on Q&A one night, well this should go, the 10 per cent GST on tampons should go. He was slapped down at the time by his […]

Press Conference, CFFR, Melbourne

3 October 2018

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good afternoon. Today, Commonwealth, state and territory treasurers had a very constructive meeting. The meeting occurred against the backdrop of a growing and strong Australian economy. With the National Accounts revealing that growth was at 3.4 per cent through the year, we've recently had our AAA credit rating reaffirmed and our budget is […]

Interview with Jon Faine, Mornings, ABC Radio Melbourne

3 October 2018

JON FAINE: Josh Frydenberg, good morning to you. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you Jon. JON FAINE: A bank of Treasurers? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well certainly they use a bank more often than most. JON FAINE: So the government cancels the COAG meeting, the Council of Australian Government, but then you have to get the […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast, ABC Radio National

3 October 2018

FRAN KELLY: Treasurer, welcome back to Breakfast. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Fran. FRAN KELLY: First to the tampon tax. How confident are you of getting agreement today to scrap this tax? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, the state and territory treasurers had a very good dinner last night where we discussed this issue and […]

Interview with Laura Jayes, First Edition, Sky News

3 October 2018

LAURA JAYES: Josh Frydenberg, once again, thanks for your time. Let’s start with the easy one, it seems that all state and territory counterparts are on board with removing the GST from tampons. Is today just a formality and when will we see that GST removed? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, we are very hopeful to get […]

Interview with Tom Tilley, Hack, Triple J

3 October 2018

TOM TILLEY: Josh Frydenberg, thanks so much for joining us. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good afternoon. Great to be with you. TOM TILLEY: Why do you believe dropping the GST on tampons and pads was the right decision? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, as you pointed out, it's been an anomaly to not have condoms and lubricants with the […]

Interview with Laura Tingle, 7:30, ABC TV

3 October 2018

LAURA TINGLE: Treasurer, welcome. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Laura. LAURA TINGLE: If I can just ask you first about our story on Nauru. Is the Australian Government aware that Nauru appears to have been frustrating federal court orders? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Look, I'll leave the comment on particular cases to the Minister, Peter […]

Interview with Tom Elliott, Drive, 3AW

3 October 2018

TOM ELLIOTT: Josh Frydenberg, good afternoon. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you Tom and looking forward to a better year for the Blues. TOM ELLIOTT: Yes, well, yes. As I said to your new leader Scott Morrison, when I made him a Carlton member, things can only get better. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well he's got […]

Interview with Ticky Fullerton, Your Money, Sky News Business

1 October 2018

TICKY FULLERTON: Treasurer welcome there and thank you very much for joining us of our first outing of 'Your Money'. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good afternoon Ticky, nice to be with you. TICKY FULLERTON: I know you have been out and about on the Royal Commission today and that interim report. Were you surprised that the bank […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, Money News

1 October 2018

ROSS GREENWOOD: It’s such a serious situation, of course, the Government no doubt will respond. I know one of those people who will be amongst our Cabinet will be considering what sought of aid Australia can provide, is our Treasurer Josh Frydenberg who is on the line right now. Many thanks for your time, Josh. […]

Interview with Karl Stefanovic, The Today Show, Channel 9

1 October 2018

KARL STEFANOVIC: Good morning Treasurer.  JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning Karl. KARL STEFANOVIC: Gee whiz, it is going to cost you a lot to buy WA at the next election. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well it is not about just WA, it is about the fairness of the GST system going forward and it is clearly unsustainable to […]

Interview with Hamish Macdonald, News Breakfast, ABC TV

1 October 2018

HAMISH MACDONALD:  Good to have you here Josh. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning Hamish. HAMISH MACDONALD:  Let’s start though with the GST because that’s making news headlines this morning. Essentially WA is going to getting a better deal out of this. You’re allocating a lot more money, billions more, where does that money come from? JOSH […]

Interview with Laura Jayes, First Edition, Sky News

1 October 2018

LAURA JAYES: Let’s go live to Melbourne now, the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg joins us. Minister Frydenberg, thanks so much for your time. Can I first ask you about the GST? Why do you need to legislate this? Because a couple of months ago, the now Prime Minister was arguing that you could do this with […]

Press Conference, Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Melbourne

28 September 2018

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Our financial system is the largest sector in the Australian economy, directly employing more than 400,000 people and impacting on nearly every aspect of our lives. What is clear is that the culture, the conduct and the compliance of the sector is well below the standard the Australian people expect and deserve. It […]

Interview with Graham Richardson, Richo, Sky News

26 September 2018

GRAHAM RICHARDSON: Josh Frydenberg, welcome to the program. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Great to be with you, Richo. GRAHAM RICHARDSON: Now look, I guess that we should start with the fact that you've only been Treasurer for five minutes and you've- you must be born under a lucky star because you've got a few extra billion you […]

Interview with Luke Grant, Wake Up Australia, 2GB

26 September 2018

LUKE GRANT: The Federal Treasurer is a man called Josh Frydenberg, with whom we regularly converse and he's on the line. I should say, first time Treasurer, congratulations. How're you enjoying it? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Look, it's a big, an important job, but it's been a great pleasure working with the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison. As […]

Press conference, Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Sydney

25 September 2018

JOSH FRYDENBERG: It is a great pleasure to be here with my good friend and colleague, the Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, releasing the Final Budget Outcome for 2017-18. The figures today demonstrate that the Australian economy is on track. It's growing strongly and has good momentum. Australia is in its 27th year of consecutive economic […]

Interview with Chris Kenny, Money News, 2GB

25 September 2018

CHRIS KENNY: Thanks for joining us Josh. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you Chris. CHRIS KENNY: Tell me with the deficit for last year cut to a mere $10 billion – I can’t believe we talk in those terms now, a mere $10 billion – there must be a very, very high chance that […]

Press Conference, Parliament House, Canberra

21 September 2018

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Leading credit agency, Standard & Poor's has provided a strong endorsement of the Australian economy, reaffirming our AAA credit rating and removing us from negative watch. Australia is one of only 10 countries around the world that has a AAA credit rating from the three leading agencies; S&P, Moody's and Fitch. And this […]

Interview with Alan Jones, Breakfast, 2GB and 4BC

21 September 2018

ALAN JONES: Josh Frydenberg, good morning. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you Alan. ALAN JONES: Thank you. I sent you those criticisms, and they are very significant. What is your response to them? JOSH FRYDENBERG: They were criticisms largely about Australia signing on and staying signed onto the Paris Accord. I did have a […]

Interview with Patricia Karvelas, RN Drive, ABC Radio National

20 September 2018

PATRICIA KARVELAS: Josh Frydenberg is the Federal Treasurer, welcome back to RN Drive. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you Patricia. PATRICIA KARVELAS: So the Government is spending an additional $4.5 billion on independent schools. Why was that additional funding necessary and what does it achieve beyond ending the war with the Catholic schools? JOSH […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast, ABC Radio National

17 September 2018

FRAN KELLY: Josh Frydenberg, welcome to Breakfast. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning to you, Fran. FRAN KELLY: Can we go to the Aged Care Royal Commission first. There's been several major enquiries and investigations into this sector, the Government's already putting a tough cop on the beat to maintain standards, it's the new body called the […]

Interview with Alan Jones, Breakfast 2GB and 4BC

13 September 2018

ALAN JONES: May I say, good morning to you. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning to you. I’m blushing after that introduction. I’m afraid my mum’s not listening to this. ALAN JONES: Never mind, you are blushing for other reasons. They have all had a rough night in Canberra. It was the, what ball do they call […]

Interview with Barrie Cassidy, Insiders, ABC TV

9 September 2018

BARRIE CASSIDY: Josh Frydenberg, welcome. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning, Barrie. BARRIE CASSIDY: We'll start with the National Accounts. So the Prime Minister has conceded this, that there aren't many Australians who aren't feeling the benefits. Why is that? JOSH FRYDENBERG: There are Australians who are doing it tough, like the drought-stricken farmers that the Prime […]

Interview with Sabra Lane, AM, ABC Radio National

6 September 2018

SABRA LANE: Josh Frydenberg, welcome to the program. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good morning. SABRA LANE: If growth's going gangbusters, why are so many Australians not feeling so good? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, more than one million Australians are feeling better for having a job under the Coalition. We've seen record jobs growth, more than 400,000 jobs created […]

Interview with Karl Stefanovic, Today Show, Channel 9

6 September 2018

KARL STEFANOVIC: Josh, good morning to you. How is your timing? You arrived at the party just in time for pin the tail on the donkey. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Yes, well obviously a lot of work is behind those numbers including our policies that are driving more employment. We're creating more than 1,000 jobs a day, […]

Interview with David Koch, Sunrise, Channel 7

6 September 2018

DAVID KOCH: Treasurer, thanks for joining us. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Good to be with you. DAVID KOCH: Julie Bishop does have a point on this. Do you think the Liberal Party or Parliament should introduce workplace behaviour policies like we all have to do in the rest of the world? JOSH FRYDENBERG: I think Julie Bishop […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, Money News, Macquarie Radio

5 September 2018

ROSS GREENWOOD: Many thanks for your time, Josh. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Ross. ROSS GREENWOOD: I should say, many thanks for your time, Treasurer. Just, let's go through the National Accounts. You would be pleased, absolutely delighted, I would imagine at the rate of economic growth in Australia today. JOSH FRYDENBERG: I […]

Press conference, Parliament House, Canberra

5 September 2018

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Today's National Accounts for the June quarter 2018 highlights the strength and the resilience of the Australian economy, which is in its 27th year of consecutive economic growth. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, real GDP grew by 0.9 per cent in the June quarter 2018, which was above median market expectations. […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, Mornings, 3AW

27 August 2018

NEIL MITCHELL: Josh Frydenberg, good morning. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Neil. NEIL MITCHELL: Are you still a bit stunned? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, it did all happen very quickly. Clearly, I wouldn't have liked to come to this role in the circumstances which occurred over the past week because I did support Malcolm […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, AM Agenda, Sky News

27 August 2018

KIERAN GILBERT: Joining me is the new Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, and you were there as the senior member of government to see Peter Dutton sworn in again as Home Affairs Minister. It's been quite the week, but he's got a commitment with the Five Eyes intelligence ministers later today. Treasurer? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Yeh, I'm really […]

Interview with Jon Faine, Mornings, ABC Radio Melbourne

27 August 2018

JON FAINE: Josh Frydenberg, good morning, congratulations. JOSH FRYDENBERG: Nice to be with you, Jon. JON FAINE: What was that about last week? JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, look there was a leadership change, I have to say, it came to me as something that was unexpected. Malcolm Turnbull was heading in the right direction, that being […]