Media Interviews


Interview transcript ABC AM – Annie Guest – 21st November 2016

21st November 2016

  Macdonald:        Well I think the leadership are doing a credible job, there are some very good Shadow Ministers and they’ll make great Ministers in a future LNP Government but I have to say they don’t have to be very good to be better than the ...

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ABC News Radio Transcript- 10th February 2015 – Interview with Marius Benson

8th September 2016

News reporter: Yesterday Liberal Senators and MPs backed Tony Abbott as leader, although 39 out of 100 Liberals voted against him. One of those who backed Tony Abbott was Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald; he is speaking to Marius Benson about the way ahead now for the Government. Marius Benson: Sena...

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Herbert Recount Interview - 22nd July 2016

22nd July 2016

SENTATOR MACDONALD PRESS INTERVIEW – Friday, 22nd July 2016 At Herbert Recount at AEC Domain, Townsville   Senator Macdonald: I just wish to make a very brief statement on the Herbert re-count which they are doing at the moment.  The estimate is that it will continue until Wednesday ...

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ABC DRIVE INTERVIEW - With Pat Hession – Tuesday, 22nd March, 2016

22nd March 2016

Presenter:          2016 was always going to be a Federal Election year, did you think it was going to play out like this?  It is only up to March and we are talking about an election and the likelihood of an election which is increasing seemingly by the ...

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ABC News Weekend Breakfast - 20th March 2016

20th March 2016

Presenter: Parliament has officially risen for the autumn break after a tumultuous week punctuated by a marathon debating session in the Senate where reforms limiting the powers of micro parties were eventually passed. Meanwhile in Queensland voters appear to have voted overwhelmingly in favour...

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On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Ian Macdonald

16th November 2015

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Australian senator Ian Macdonald Macdonald declares “most” New Zealanders being deported from Australia are “guilty of serious crimes” Promises to look into cases of Kiwis being deported for minor or historic offences. “You give me a ...

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ABC Country Hour Interview With Craig Zonca - Monday, 21st September, 2015

21st September 2015

Craig Zonca:  Long serving Queensland Liberal Senator based in the North Ian Macdonald says that Josh Frydenberg is an odd choice to take charge of the Northern Australia portfolio. Senator Macdonald spoke to me a short time ago about Malcolm Turnbull cabinet reshuffle. Senator Macdonald: ...

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Transcript of Interview with Jon Faine - ABC 774 Melbourne - Doug Cameron, Thursday September 17, 2015

17th September 2015

Faine -  Well the Senate yesterday provided as much uproar as did the House of Representatives.  Malcolm Turnbull is very much putting the sword to the Labor Party, to the opposition in the House of Representatives but there was some extraordinary things in the Senate yesterday as tempers ...

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Transcript of INTERVIEW WITH CHANNEL 7 – CLIMATE CHANGE COMMENT and DOUG CAMERON, Thursday, September 17, 2015

17th September 2015

Channel  7     Could you just run through your view on climate change, just generally your view on climate change Senator Macdonald  Australia emits less than 1.2% of the world’s carbon emissions and any reduction in Australia’s emissions will have...

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Interview with Mike Jeffreys - Radio 2UE – Climate Change – Thursday, September 17, 2015

17th September 2015

Presenter -      Inaudible Macdonald -    Well how many parents and grandparents have had their children come home from school and say Mum and Dad you’ve got to turn off that light otherwise you’re going to destroy the world.  And that to me sugges...

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Transcript of Interview SBS TV – Senator Cameron, Thursday, September 17, 2015

17th September 2015

Reporter - While we’re on the issue of context tell me a little bit about what was said yesterday and who it was directed at. Macdonald - Douggie Cameron is one of the most aggressive, rude, loud interjectors in the Senate, always has been. He is a former union heavy, he knows how to dish it o...

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Transcript Michael Clarke ABC Radio, Tuesday September 15, 2015

15th September 2015

INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR IAN MACDONALD, North Queensland based LNP Senator Presenter – Senator Good Morning Macdonald – Good Morning Michael Presenter – First of all have you had any sleep? Macdonald – Just a Normal night in Canberra Presenter - Not quite a normal night but goo...

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Press Conference - 12th August 2015

12th August 2015

opic: Tabling of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee report into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill, 2014.  Senator Macdonald: As Chairman of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee I was delighted yesterday that we were able to table what is almost a ...

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Transcript with Paula Tapiolas, ABC North Qld Thursday 19 March

19th March 2015

Paula Tapiolas: Senator Ian Macdonald, good morningSenator Ian Macdonald: Good morning Paula Paula Tapiolas: How widespread has this discussion of a double dissolution been?Senator Ian Macdonald: Well very limited, if it’s been held at all. I understand there’s some dispute about whether...

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Transcript John Mackenzie 4CA, Wednesday March 18, 2015

18th March 2015

John Mackenzie: You know I watched Four Corners on Monday night, Senator Ian Macdonald talking about some of these issues now that we are seeing  across conservative side of politics at the state and federal level and there seems to be a real problem in selling a message. The message about, for...

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Interview on Sky News with David Speers - 24th February 2015

24th February 2015

Speers: You say you haven’t read the Human Rights Commission report The Forgotten Children, I was just wondering as Chair of the Committee looking at it though, whether you have an obligation or responsibility. You read all the media commentary bagging the Commission and not to read the r...

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Interview with Media on Tuesday 23rd February 2015

23rd February 2015

(first question missed)  Macdonald:    Now with hardly any children in detention, the Commission releases this report which they started after the election.  After the time Labor had all of those children in detention and the new government comes in and quickly started getti...

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4BC AM with Ian Skippen and Loretta Ryan Monday 9 February 2015

9th February 2015

Topic: Spill Motion  Ian Skippen          Senator Ian Macdonald joins us this morning. What are your thoughts on the spill Senator?  Ian Macdonald    Well I’m hoping it won’t succeed. I will be voting against it. I do ...

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612 ABC Radio Brisbane Mornings with Steve Austin Transcript 9th February 2015

9th February 2015

Steve Austin: Queensland Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald has been a critic of Tony Abbott and some of his decisions for a period of time. Ian Macdonald thank you for coming on this morning, can I get your reaction first about the spill motion this morning   Senator Macdonald: Well Steve it w...

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ABC Rural Queensland Country Hour with Craig Zonca Transcript 9th February 2015

9th February 2015

Craig Zonca: The first sitting day for Federal Parliament for 2015 has been anything but business as usual, as you have been hearing through the morning. The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has survived a spill motion bought against him in the Liberal Party room, 61 votes to 39. So does this now end the...

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2UE Interview with Justin Smith Transcript- 9th February 2015

9th February 2015

(Questions were not recorded – the words in brackets are the theme of the questions) Justin Smith: (is Tony Abbott finished following the spill) Senator Macdonald: I would probably say no, but I think it is an irrelevant question. Tony has indicated that he is going to change and I take him at...

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ABC News Weekend Breakfast with Miriam Corowa and Joe O'Brien Transcript 8th February 2015

8th February 2015

Miriam Corowa: LNP Senator for Queensland Ian Macdonald joins us live from Ayr in Queensland. Thank you very much for joining us Senator. What do you make of the announcement that has only just been made in the past 15-20 minutes that the important Liberal party room meeting has been bought forward ...

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Interview on ABC News Radio with Marius Benson

6th February 2015

6.30am Friday – 6 February 2015 (Passage in brackets and asterisks – do not appear on News Radio Web Site) Question: Senator Ian Macdonald you met the Prime Minister for an hour yesterday, that is a pretty long meeting for a pretty busy person?  IM: Well we had a good discussion abo...

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Interview with ABC 24 on Sunday Breakfast with Andrew Geoghegan and Eliza Harvey on 25th January 2015

25th January 2015

Eliza Harvey:   The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott is under increasing pressure over his leadership.  This week he acknowledged concerns from within his Government over recent policy issues like Medicare and Higher Education.  Liberal Senator for Queensland Ian Macdonald joins us li...

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7.30 Report Interview with Sabra Lane - Monday 14th July 2014

14th July 2014

SL:      Senator Macdonald, thank you very much for talking to 7:30. The Senate shenanigans that we saw last week - it wasn’t a good look for the government. Could the government have avoided that? IM:      Well we could have had the Labor Part...

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Interview with Lexie ABC World Today - Wednesday 9th July 2014

9th July 2014

Q         Senator Macdonald, have you seen Lord Deben’s comments? A          I’ve seen the article you’ve sent through yes. Q         Okay, so what do you ma...

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Interview with Judith Ireland - Sydney Morning Herald - Wednesday 9th July 2014

9th July 2014

Q         I wondered if you could just explain to me why you voted for Senator Xenophon’s Amendment? A          Have you read the Amendment? Q         I have read it yes...

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Interview with John Laws - Radio 2SM - Thursday 19th June 2014

19th June 2014

Good Morning John Q A. Well John I’ve long had a view that government’s introducing levies should have those levies on all Australian income earners not just individuals but as well, companies.  I said this a couple of years back when there was a Queensland flood levy introduced by ...

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Interview with Gary Hardgrave - Radio 4BC Brisbane. 21/06/2013

21st June 2013

Question: I have on the line Ian Macdonald a Liberal Senator for Queensland who knows all about the North. Good to talk to you Ian, ...(inaudible) it is a big deal, a lot of wealth created in the North and not much money going backWell its an enormous opportunity for Northern Australia and, indeed, ...

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ABC Mount Isa Interview 6/09/2012

6th September 2012

Senator Ian Macdonald North Queensland based LNP Senator and Federal Coalition Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia and the Defence Force and Defence Support Interviewer: So why are you out hereIan: Well its part of an ongoing program I have of trying to hear what the peo...

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Interview with Michael J Bailey Radio 4RO Rockhampton

7th October 2011

Michael J Bailey: Senator Ian Macdonald along with Andrew Robb and Barnaby Joyce are in Rockhampton looking at dam sites, possible dam sites. Anyway Senator Ian Macdonald is in the studio. Good Morning to you Senator, how are weSenator Macdonald: Good Morning Michael.Michael J Bailey: Its just a gre...

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John McKenzie 4CA Cairns Interview with Senator Ian Macdonald

4th October 2011

John Mackenzie: I believe youve covered a fair bit of ground over the last week or so. Where are you now exactlySenator Macdonald: Im in Innisfail at the moment as it happens, John, but were at the end of my annual seven-day driving trip around western and north-western Queensland and were on our wa...

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Senator Macdonald interview with Barry Simpson 4KZ/4AM

3rd October 2011

Barry Simpson is speaking with Senator Ian Macdonald who is the Federal Opposition Spokesperson for Northern and Remote Australia. Welcome to our part of the world Senator.Senator Macdonald: Thanks very much.Barry Simpson: Senator, can you tell us how committed is the LNP at a Federal level to estab...

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Interview on ABC Darwin "Country Hour"

19th September 2011

Good afternoon CarlQuestion:Answer: We believe that this idea of getting more food for Australia and the world needs some leadership from governments. Regrettably governments at both state and federal level have been a bit reticent to show the way. Clearly across the top of Australia we do have the ...

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Transcript of Radio 4BC interview on Geoff Mullins

23rd December 2010

Senator Macdonald: Absolutely Geoff and look they are both electorates that have always referred to conservative politicians; they are electorates which understand what Australia is all about and what needs to be done. The last thing by far the majority of voters in those electorates would have want...

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