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Jun 27, 2012

Behind a beat-up: Joe goes all the way with Ray on school sweets

A yarn too good to be true -- involving school kids visiting Parliament House to be deprived of bottled water and fruit sweets -- turned out to be exactly that, but it didn't stop Ray Hadley and Joe Hockey was attacking Wayne Swan.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

It was a cracking yarn — school kids visiting Parliament House to be deprived of bottled water and fruit sweets under government-driven efficiency measures across the Public Service. The Daily Telegraph went hard with it on Monday, with Steve Lewis’ story on page one.

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17 thoughts on “Behind a beat-up: Joe goes all the way with Ray on school sweets

  1. Merve

    Beat ups. Where would the Ray Hadley’s of the world be without them.

  2. Mark from Melbourne

    Yes, when we question the drop off in respect for public office one has to consider people like Hadley’s role in it. The people who argue that it isnt the media’s fault (usually the media saying that btw) should have a bit more of a think about that.

    And of course there is little that appears we can do about it apart from remove their oxygen but unfortunately there are enough people out there that just love this sort of rubbish. Hadley would never apologise, nor will Lewis or News or Hockey.

  3. The Pav

    Given the propensity of people like Hadley to call the Govt liars falsely it would be nice if they were called to account and sued for the slander.

    maybe a few expensive payouts might encourage them to check first before falsely accusing peole.

    As to Hockey’s statement that it is now wonder confidence is low because th the trasurer lies I would hope that he retracts and apologise.

    Perhaops the real reason confidence & respect are low is becasue of what is now unfailingly poor conduct by the opposition beyond what may be considered reasonable in the rough & tumble of politics.

    The oppostion is both free of decency and policies

  4. Recalcitrant.Rick

    And strangely, isn’t the Government doing what hopeless hockey is saying he’s going to do in spades? that is “Cut Government Spending” so when he does it it will be ok! Hypocrites and D*ckheads, all of them!

  5. Sharkie

    As of today, Steve Lewis would never ever get a job at Fairfax. He is a complete clown and an embarrassment to the journalism profession. The scary thing is, if Rinehart gets her way and gets editorial control, the likes of Lewis would be welcomed to the SMH or Age with open arms and given a promotion.
    Lewis isn’t even a skidmark on the undies of a real journo, and democracy is in serious trouble if his garbage doesn’t go unchallenged.

  6. drmick

    The ex taxi driver is a joke a boof head and a reflection of the sewer he and the bobbie fancier have cultivated. Loud opinionated rubbish repeated often enough so that most of their audience who cant read or write get the benefit of the talking fish wrap version of the Tele.

  7. Edward James

    My lack of respect for public office is based on my own first hand experience! Edward James

  8. zut alors

    Looks like Swan was out-boofheaded by a pair of champions with natural talent.

  9. John Newton

    Not much point in taking them to ACMA

  10. Pedantic, Balwyn

    It strikes me that Abbott and his ministers are happy to rewrite events to suit their political narrative irregardless of the true facts. Another example is George Brandis, Shadow Attorney General, claiming on Q & A that no refugee had drowned after the Howard Government introduced their inhumane Pacific Solution in August 2001. Tony Jones reminded him that some 350 people drowned when the Siev X foundered, but Brandis denied this was after the Howard policy was implemented, though it was in October 2001 and clearly the solution was no deterrent for those poor souls.
    So Brandis is either inept by denying an event that as a potential A-G he should clearly remember in detail or merely following the line that say anything, any time to suit the Oppositions argument, however lacking in fact it maybe!

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