Transcript - Interview with Leon Compton, ABC Statewide Mornings

E&OE…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Subjects: Election Commitments, Senate

LEON COMPTON:

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz, good morning.

ERIC ABETZ:

Good morning Leon.

LEON COMPTON:

Will your party honour all of its promises, including those in electorates that were lost by your party in the years ahead?

ERIC ABETZ:

Of course we will. The suggestion that we won’t is completely erroneous and clearly designed to make more fear and concern within the community. We made promises in seats such as Denison and Franklin where we thought it would be exceptionally difficult to win and when we’ve done that in the past, we’ve maintained our promises and so any suggestion that our promises won’t be kept is being peddled by others to make mischief. Our promises are there for everybody to see and of course they will be implemented.

LEON COMPTON:

So, to be clear, if Andrew Nikolic, if Brett Whiteley, if Eric Hutchinson made a promise in relation to this election even though they lost their seat, it will be honoured by this government?

ERIC ABETZ:

Yes and can I say to you Leon, this is not news. When Labor has made promises and lost seats they nevertheless honoured them. Similarly, with the Coalition and that has been the history of our Parliamentary democracy now for many, many years under various leaders and it will not change. Why this has become an issue of discussion, quite frankly, I have no idea other than some people wanting to make mischief. The announcements that were made as government promises, as government policy, will of course be implemented and that’s the case as it’s always been.

LEON COMPTON:

And just finally this morning, you must have been looking at how the Senate vote is playing out in Tasmania. What are your thoughts on the numbers the Liberals might eventually take out of this election?

ERIC ABETZ:

I’m still hopeful we can crack five seats. It will be a close run thing. There will be the counting of preferences above the line which will be very important to find out where some of the smaller party preferences go. But I’m still hopeful that we can win five seats but it will be a very close run thing and to those that appear to have been elected, congratulations and we will fasten our seat belts over the next two weeks to ascertain who the last few Senators are to be elected from Tasmania.

LEON COMPTON:

It’s going to be an interesting one. Have you been in contact with any of those, including Jacqui Lambie for example, you’ll have a role working with her in the Senate potentially. Have you been in touch?

ERIC ABETZ:

Look I haven’t been in touch with anyone other than within the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team but having said that, I have been in touch with Jacqui Lambie previously as I have been with Labor Senators and there is always a sense of goodwill amongst Tasmanian Senators because we always want the very best for our state and so that will continue and we will see how the Senate pans out in Tasmania.

LEON COMPTON:

Appreciate you taking to us this morning.

ERIC ABETZ:

Thanks a lot, Leon.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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