Update on yesterday’s blog – Australia’s own little fiscal cliff – about the “edited” transcript from the Australian federal Families Minister who told journalists that she could live on the dole (below the poverty line) and then proceeded to produce a transcript of the interview with the relevant question and answer deleted.
Here is the “official” transcript – Dad and Partner Pay, family payments, parenting payment – Doorstop, Melbourne – of her interview yesterday on the issue.
In the early part of the interview we read:
JOURNALIST: Tens of thousands of single parents are now on the dole, could you live on the dole?
JENNY MACKLIN: What we know is that we needed to fix a difference that was in the system for parenting payment. Back in 2006 the rules were changed and anybody who had their youngest child turn 8 coming on to Parenting Payment who was looking for work went on to unemployment benefits instead. What we’ve done is really just make sure that those people who’ve been on the payment for a longer period of time have the same rules applied to them.
JENNY MACKLIN: (inaudible) what’s important for people who are unemployed is that we do everything possible to do everything we can to help people get into work and that’s what we’ll be doing with these single parents as well.
The inaudible parts were explained away by the Minister’s staff along the lines that the iPhone used to capture the audio was disturbed by noise from a passing car.
The press have requested that the Minister release the audio of the iPhone recording that the Minister’s office took and claimed they based the transcript on, but the government is refusing to release that audio. Such a simple way to let the public know that the Government isn’t lying in this case and trying to cover up the mortal error by the Minister that she could live on the dole – which is well below the poverty line.
Anyway, here is the video of the relevant part of the interview that I posted on YouTube. You will see how clear the question and answer is (classified as “inaudible” by the Minister’s office).
See if you can detect any major interference from passing cars.
As another test, hold your iPhone up to the YouTube video, put on some loud music and record the video. Then see if any parts are inaudible!
This is my estimate of the results should the following poll be taken by 22,860,590 Australians – (allowing for the Minister and two staff to abstain).