Steve Fielding has, he claims, a learning disability, one which apparently causes him to involuntarily mangle the English language.
Fielding reacted angrily today after journalists circulated audio of him misspelling “fiscal” and discussing visa holders “volitating” their visas. He came up to the Press Gallery and castigated one journalist, claiming that he was being victimised for what he called “a learning disability”, saying journalists would not mock a wheelchair user in the same way.
Last night, Fielding objected to a Government bill that would permit “visas” (presumably visa-holders) who “volitated” their visas to leave the country debt free. (Listen to the audio here).
This morning, the Senator arrived at the Parliament House doors to discuss “physical and monetary policy”, then when questioned, corrected himself to say he meant “fiscal.” (Listen to the audio here).
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Last week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics produced data showing that almost half of all working Australians have less than the minimum literacy and numeracy levels required to meet the demands of everyday work. The OECD has estimated that a 1% increase in a population’s literacy skills will lead to a 2.5% increase in labour productivity and a 1.5% increase in per capita economic output.
The removal of a swing vote senator who is hopelessly out of his depth might yield even more.