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Apr 24, 2018

Has Joe Hockey found his calling at last?

A man of limited success in his political career, Ambassador Joe Hockey has now found a role where he can use his strengths.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

I'm about to do something I can barely recall doing at any time in the last ten years: praise His Excellency Joe Hockey, Australia's Ambassador to the United States of America. Crikey never stinted in its criticisms of Hockey during his time in politics, and there's no one who would argue it was a spectacularly successful career. His appointment to succeed Kim Beazley in DC was, correctly, seen as a reward for doing the right thing by Malcolm Turnbull and departing politics gracefully after the events of September 2015.

Unlike, you know, someone else.

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9 thoughts on “Has Joe Hockey found his calling at last?

  1. brian crooks

    looks like joe`s main talent has done him well again, he`s crawled out of Abbotts backside and straight into trumps, a quick shower and its business as usual.

    1. AR

      Why do you assume that he showered?

  2. Dog's Breakfast

    “so managing a relationship with an unstable and self-contradictory fraud”

    Peas in a pod really.

    The trouble with Joe is that he thinks he got as far as he did on talent, a burden he shares with much of the extraordinarily entitled.

    Upper class twit.

  3. Woopwoop

    Talk about damning with faint praise Bernard.

  4. Yclept

    So he only insults the poor, not anyone with power and money?

  5. Bill Hilliger

    Bernard your last paragraph summed Joe Hockey up beautifully.

  6. Dougz

    Look, the USA has no more stalwart and reliable (or stupid?) ally than Australia.
    We have stepped up and into every one of their ill-conceived and immoral military engagements since 1950.
    Heck, John Howard even swallowed the line that we had to attack Iraq because of Saddam’s WMD and links to al Qaeda, and here we are $15bio later, stuck there.
    So, what respect has this earned us in the USA?
    Well, Trump hasn’t even bothered to send over an ambassador and we have been 18 months without one.
    The latest nominee has just been re-assigned to South Korea.
    Hockey is ineffectual, to say the least.
    The job should go to a career diplomat and only to a polly if they are extremely capable (Beazley was probs a better diplomat than polly… and thus an aberration).
    Turnbull’s nepotism is costing us.

    1. Bill Hilliger

      What better can a vassal state expect?

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