Australia

May 21, 2014

iSentia index: nothing but the budget

The gorgeous Abbott government's budget has sparked plenty of discussion -- most of it heated and negative.

Patrick Baume

iSentia Group Communications Manager

Media titan punch-ups became a distant memory as the thoroughly leaked expenditure cuts finally hit home to people as a reality following Treasurer Joe Hockey’s budget speech just over a week ago. It was very much meat and potatoes across talkback and social media as punters hoed into the Government over things such as the Medicare co-payment, the fuel excise re-indexation, pension eligibility changes and education cuts. No-one cared all that much about the deficit levy on people earning over $180,000, but the Opposition’s main debating line of broken non-core promises on levy did cut through, if not as much as the spending cuts.

The media meanwhile were heavily focused on “broken promises”, whether it was to slam the government for them or to suddenly decide they didn’t matter at all in the case of certain News Corp tabloids. Fairfax has gone particularly hard, to the point of Joe Hockey taking the highly unusual step of suing for defamation. Gone are the days of taking the hurly burly of political reportage on the chin, it seems.

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