THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
CHANNEL 7 SUNRISE
FRIDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2018
SUBJECTS: Barnaby Joyce; Ministerial Code of Conduct; Labor’s Evidence Institute for Schools.
DAVID KOCH, PRESENTER: The Oppositions' Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek joins us from Melbourne. Tanya good morning to you.
TANYA PLIBERSEK MP, DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: Good morning.
KOCH: Is Malcolm Turnbull right? Is this review into the Code of Conduct long overdue?
PLIBERSEK: I'm sorry Kochie I can't hear you. Can you ask that again?
KOCH: Can you hear us now?
PLIBERSEK: No, but I'm taking a guess that you are asking me about Barnaby Joyce, and I guess what I'd say is that the real problem is not what people do in their personal lives and I mean as sad as this is for his family it's really nobody's business. The real problem is that Barnaby Joyce has already broken the existing Prime Ministerial Code of Conduct. He's received rent-free accommodation from a mate that we now find actually benefited from taxpayer funding in the past. There's been jobs created that there's no evidence those jobs were actually needed, so we're spending taxpayers money to do jobs that didn't previously exist, and then there's still questions about some of the travel allowance claims. So I think the real problem is not getting new bits into the Prime Ministerial Code of Conduct. The real problem is that Malcolm Turnbull's too gutless to enforce the Prime Ministerial Code of Conduct that already exists, that Barnaby Joyce has already breached.
SAMANTHA ARMYTAGE, PRESENTER: Right. Now there are reports this morning that under a new Labor plan that you are launching today, parents would receive text messages about whether their children have submitted their homework or not. How would that help improve standards do you think?
PLIBERSEK: Sam, it's not so much that we've got a plan to text parents. What we're doing today is saying that over the next decade, if we are elected, Labor will set up a $280 million Education Evidence Research Institute to use what we know works in classrooms and make it really easily available for teachers to use in the classroom. So Labor's got a commitment to spend $17 billion more over the decade than the Liberals in schools. But we need to be sure that every dollar counts. So we're saying, just like doctors, teachers are bombarded with new information all the time. There's new research being done and this is a way of making sure that teachers have that new research in an easily digestible form, so they can make sure that kids are benefiting from it straight away.
KOCH: OK. Alright Tanya, thank you for joining us, appreciate it, sorry about the technical difficulties.