Economy

Apr 24, 2014

Who shares the burden in Hockey’s morality play?

Joe Hockey says the burden of repairing the budget will be shared by everyone. His government's decisions suggest that's not the case.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

“Do as I say, not as I do,” was the key message from last night’s speech by Treasurer Joe Hockey on his budget challenge.

63 comments

Leave a comment

63 thoughts on “Who shares the burden in Hockey’s morality play?

  1. Yclept

    The Libs treatment of asylum seekers shows they have been morally bankrupt for a long, long time now.

  2. 64magpies

    Somehow we have managed to find ourselves in a supposedly Christian society where wealth equals morally superiority, and poverty bestows a judgement of moral deficiency. Go figure?

  3. klewso

    Joe Shonkey v Toady Rabbott. It’s like watching Cosjello fight Honest John Howard, all over again?
    A hard “The sky ids falling” budget now – and a soft one to buy votes to win the election, two years down this Yellow Prick Road?
    He was part of the Howard government that laid the foundations for this crisis.
    He can’t reverse the waste that was Iraq (for a FTA), and those F-35’s that Howard, Hill and co committed us to, to supplement the US economy, have to be paid for.
    But he can reverse the tax cuts the government Hockey et al were part of under Howard.
    But of course that would cost him, and they, power.

  4. klewso

    You say you can forgive his rank hypocrisy; I say screw him.

  5. David Hand

    Come on Bernard, you can do better than this. Introducing the F35 decision to Hockey’s narrative of fiscal conservatism and tossing words like “Hypocrite” and “Do as I say, not as I do” around reduces you to the sort of insight one would expect from the letters section of the SMH or the Age.

    At least you didn’t mention politicians’ pay.

    Though the numbers are tedious to get hold of, I believe that health, education and social welfare suck up about 75% and rising of all government spending at state and federal level.

    Hockey is talking about stopping that juggernaut destroying our future prosperity. Argue about the policy detail if you like but do you have a view about his central narrative?

    If so, you forgot to put it in this article.

  6. Honest Johnny

    Well written with some great lines.
    I am a bit suspicious of Coalition Ministers saying things like “people shouldn’t expect to get things (a visit to the GP) for free”. Everyone knows that taxpayers with income over $20,542 (or $32,279 for Seniors) pay a Medicare levy of 1.5% on their taxable income. Indirectly this levy pays for our visit’s to the Doctor, with the more money we earn, the more we pay. If the proposed $6 co-payment is aimed at those who go to the doctor for free, then they are talking about seniors, pensioners, students, and those on low or no income. Where’s the morality in that?

  7. Graeski

    David, I think Bernard’s view about Hockey’s central narrative is pretty clear: the adverse impacts of Hockey’s strategy fall almost exclusively on the most vulnerable members of our society while leaving the rich and powerful unscathed; this is immoral; a claim to a moral imperative is therefore hypocritical.

  8. David Hand

    Graeski,
    You’ve go to love the moral high ground so beloved of the left. Here’s how it works.

    a) Introduce a carbon tax at $23 a tonne as a pay off to the Greens for services rendered.

    b) Hand most of it back to Labor voters in the form of a “family assistance package”. This bribe to Labor voters is actually greater compensation than the actual cost to them of the carbon tax.

    c) Run a slick PR campaign that “the polluters are paying” even though said polluters are actually adding the carbon tax costs to their process in the same way they do with the GST.

    d) Scream loudly that Hockey is a hypocrite who looks after, how did you put it? “the rich and powerful” even though the bribe to Labor voters will be retained should the carbon tax be revealed.

    e) Identify recipients of the vast majority of the public spending of multi billions of taxpayer dollars as “most vulnerable”

    f) Call Hockey a hypocrite when he points out with unassailable logic that the growth in social spending is unsustainable and dismiss his observation that we are robbing future generations.

    It’s a pretty good methodology except it has been repeated so much middle Australia can see it for the vacuous propaganda that it is.

  9. Bill Hilliger

    And with observation of the above Mr Hand will one day get a pat on the head from that immoral shyster Hockey.

  10. Honest Johnny

    David Hand, your political view is so uni- dimensional it would shatter in an instant. Take the repeal of the MRRT for example. You would argue that this is necessary because we should support those mining companies because they bring wealth to the country and employ 17% of the workforce. Even though it will be done at the expense of other (non-mining) businesses that employ 3 times this number, not to mention inter-generational issues (robbing future generations) involved with mining and most of the wealth being sent offshore.

Leave a comment

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details

Sending...