“This is a country with a bit of a heart … I think this is the sort of area where we should be showing a bit of a heart as well … These are folk who are doing it tough, but I’m not going to get in the business of supporting one option or another. I think we could be doing more.”

He’s right, of course, on the dismally low Newstart allowance.

But he just couldn’t help himself, could he.

Peter Fray

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