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Our prime minister’s recent invocation of the chum bucket was a most unfortunate analogy. What he meant, apparently, is a bucket of blood and guts fishermen use to entice their prey. But as Labor pointed out, it can also be an appropriate metaphor for the Liberal Party itself.
Our ever cheerful Treasurer Joe Hockey reports that the reaction to his budget has been fantastic. Well, enjoy the party Joe, because all the signs are that the morning after hangover is going to be a doozy, writes Mungo MacCallum.
The 2015 intergenerational report provides the clearest possible example of the maxim ‘garbage in garbage out’.The Treasurer is adamant that his first (and likely last) IGR shows what happens if you let Labor into government.
When, battered, bewildered and haggard, the coalition troops staggered back to their electorates after Tony Abbott’s year of achievement, there was just one shred of comfort: the beloved leader had finally back-flipped on his Paid Parental Leave scheme.
Mungo: Our increasingly irascible treasurer, Joe Hockey, has raised an old Liberal Party demon in his latest efforts to persuade the voters to control their nausea over his budget offering. His critics, he told a gathering of the elite at the conservative Sydney Institute, were indulging in class warfare.
For many, the enduring image of the 2014 budget will be the memory of Treasurer Joe Hockey and finance minister Matthias Corman sucking smugly on their cigars as they relaxed before unleashing their brutal budget on the fearful populace, writes Mungo MacCallum.
Dave Lisle, Mullumbimby. For some time now we have been hearing the mantra that ‘the age of entitlement is over’. It’s Joe Hockey’s signature slogan because, at six words, it is too prolix for Tony Abbott. He prefers such concision as ‘stop the boats’, ‘axe the tax’, ‘ditch the witch’.
Even after 15 hours of surgery my recovery was not entirely beset by hallucinations. But given the amount of kites, balloons, smoke and mirrors emanating from the government about what will and won’t, might and mightn’t, be in the budget, it may as well have been.
Cathy Alexander, Crikey deputy editor As Tony Abbott’s government prepares to hand down its first budget next month, there are surprise plans for a new...