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JOURNALIST:
So why are you  disappointed with Triple J's decision?

FIFIELD:
I think  Australians have come to love and accept that they can tune into their  favourite 100 hottest hits on Australia Day. It's part of the soundtrack of  Australia Day and it has been for 20 years and I don't think that should be  abandoned by way of the ABC in effect seeking to make a political statement.

JOURNALIST:
Does this allow  the Government to reconsider its position on the date of Australia Day at all?

FIFIELD:
Well Australia  Day is January the 26th. It will remain so. And the ABC and Triple J  should respect that.

JOURNALIST:
What kind of  groundswell support would be needed publicly to actually seriously consider  changing the date?

FIFIELD:
The ABC have  legislated independence when it comes to programming decisions but as Minister  I'm making clear to the ABC my view that they shouldn't mess with Australia Day  and they shouldn't mess with the Hottest 100. I know that is the view of many  of my parliamentary colleagues and it's also a widely held view in the  community that the ABC just shouldn't be making political statements.

JOURNALIST:
What's your  view on your Nats colleagues pushing for a banking inquiry?

FIFIELD:
Our focus as a  government has been on making practical changes to hold the banks to account  whether that be through additional funds and powers for ASIC, whether that be  for a simple one stop shop for complaints or whether that be the House  Economics committee regularly interviewing the bank CEOs. What we're about are  practical measures to deliver for consumers and to hold the banks to account.

JOURNALIST:
Is there a real  risk that Senator O'Sullivan's bill could pass before Parliament rises?

FIFIELD:
We have a  program this week which is to legislate same-sex marriage. That's what our  focus is on.

JOURNALIST:
What about the  revelation now that Barnaby Joyce is saying that the Nationals party room could  agree to support the bill. Is that disappointing?

FIFIELD:
Barnaby Joyce  is focused on the New England by-election and I hope he'll be successful there  and can return and take up the position of Deputy Prime Minister. The National  Party are, of course, always at liberty to debate any matter in their party  room.

JOURNALIST:
Would you urge  your National colleagues to drop this push though, for an inquiry?

FIFIELD:
Backbench  colleagues are always at liberty to put forward their own ideas on issues, but  as a Government we're focused on getting practical outcomes for consumers and  holding banks to account.

JOURNALIST:
This  compensation scheme set to be announced this week by the Treasurer, will that  be enough to ease any concerns within your government about whether enough is  being done to look into misconduct?

FIFIELD:
Look I've seen  media speculation but I always leave it to the Treasurer to talk to his  portfolio.

JOURNALIST:
Thank you.

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Media contact:
Geraldine Mitchell | 040 280 476 | Geraldine.Mitchell [at] communications.gov.au