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Selling the Budget – Australia is open for business but the Treasurer is not for sale

From Liberal’s Book of Labor Waste: milk

“But the Treasurer accepted under questioning that the co-payment was a new tax.

“It’s a payment. You can call it a tax,” he said. “It comes out of a pocket. It comes out of someone’s pocket. A taxpayer’s pocket. You want to call it a tax, you can call it anything you want, you can call it a rabbit.”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/joe-hockey-admits-copayment-is-a-new-tax–or-a-rabbit-20140519-38kh5.html#ixzz32QXLyn8x

 

“Good morning, Mr Jockey, you said that your Budget would be unpopular and you’ve certainly been proven right on that one.”

“I don’t think so. It’s been quite well received actually.”

“What makes you say that?”

“You only have to ask the people that matter. You’ll find that they’re all behind it. Any suggestion to the contrary is just more Labor propaganda from the Media. I mean, why aren’t the Media questioning Bill Shorten on his plans. How would he fix the mess?”

“With respect, Mr Jockey, he’s not the Treasurer.”

“Yes, but the press aren’t asking him the hard questions, are they? Like for example, just the other day, the ratings agency, The Poor Standard, said that we’d lose our Triple A rating unless the Senate passed all our Budget measure without delay.”

“In fact, a spokesman for The Poor Standard said that Australia was in no immediate danger of losing it’s Triple A rating.”

“That’s not right.”

“I have his actual quote right here.”

“Well, who are you going to listen to – some foreigner or the Treasurer of Australia?”

“But you yourself were quoting him just a few minutes ago.”

“I never quoted him. Next you’ll be suggesting that we never said that we’d raise taxes when we clearly said before the election that there’d be a levy on the top companies to pay for the Paid Parental Leave Scheme.”

“So you now admit that a levy is a tax?”

“No, all I’m admitting that a levy is a rabbit.”

“Sorry, but I don’t understand at all.”

“Exactly. When it comes to matters like this, most people are, in fact, pretty stupid.”

“Are you suggesting that the Australian public is stupid?”

“I never said any such thing. I’m simply making the point that it’s only reasonable to expect people to contribute to their own healthcare, and that the co-payment only has to be paid by certain people in certain situations and that Labor is just trying to confuse things by suggesting that everyone will have to pay it.”

“Doesn’t everyone have to pay it?”

“No, there are exemptions for people with a Health Care Card, as there are for people chronic illnesses. Similarly, for all people under 16 whose parents are over 60, unless they’re on a Disability Pension, in which case they’ll only have to pay for the last ten visits. If you’re under 60 with teenage children, you’re eligible for a part payment exemption, but only for GP visits where you give 48 hours notice. For everyone else, you’ll only have to pay if you go in a month with a vowel in the name, but after the first ten visits you can apply to be part of the Carbon Reduction Direct Action scheme – unless you’re an orphan, in which case your parents will need to apply.”

“This seems to contradict what Mr Abbott said the other day.”

“Mr Abbott has since issued a statement clarifying the fact that he is not, in fact, Mr Rabbit, and therefore can’t be called a tax.”

“Yes, but he did say that, after the first ten visits, there’d be no co-payment for anyone.”

“No, I don’t you can interpret his wink that way.”

“He actually said that people didn’t have to pay after the first ten visits.”

“Look, Tony’s only responsible for the things that he says when he’s reading off prepared notes. He’s made it very clear that, unless it’s written down, he may be just saying it in the heat of the moment. Sort of like saying, ‘I love you’ during an intense session of dancing.”

“Does that mean we can’t believe anything he says?”

“No, of course not. You can trust him absolutely to do what needs to be done.”

“We can trust what he does, but not what he says?”

“Look, Labor got us into this mess and it’s about time you started asking them what they’d do!”

“Surely anything they’d do is just a hypothetical at this stage, I’m sure people are more interested in some of the things that you’re actually doing!”

“We don’t have a choice if we want to get the country back on its feet.”

“You keep saying that you don’t have a choice, but wouldn’t it be possible to, instead of the $7, for example, raise the Medicare Levy by one percent.”

“We couldn’t do that!”

“Why not?”

“Well that’d hit the healthy as well as the sick. Our Budget is all about fairness.”

“One final thing, apparently you’re suing a paper for its front page. Aren’t you concerned about the contradiction when your party has been so concerned about Andrew Bolt’s freedom of speech being stifled?”

“Look, the two situations are completely different. He was ordered to remove his articles after printing inaccurate information about a group of aboriginal people.”

“Whereas the article about you?”

“Was really, really annoying.”

“That’s all we have time for.”

“We’d have more time if it wasn’t for Labor.”

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  1. rangermike1

    Even to buy a New car from this person would be impossible given his track record. The man is a Slob and cannot work out the simplest mathematics. Best leave the arithmetic to the Grade 10 Students at the College Abbott once visited, They know more than Him.

  2. rangermike1

    Hock-Bucky Joe, with an Abacus, you move from top down, left to right. Did You forget where your left hand was ? Maybe your cigar covered the the red beads as You calculate.

  3. rangermike1

    rossleighbrisbane

    I enjoy your posts, as You speak the Truth.Mate, We all wish to hear from You.

  4. MissPamela

    Thank you. I needed that. Funny but so true.

  5. mars08

    “Look, Labor got us into this mess and it’s about time you started asking them…”

    Seriously, what is Labor doing to refute the widely held notion? The story that this harsh budget was vital AND unavoidable can be discredited…. right?

  6. Kaye Lee

    ross,

    I had a long conversation today with one of Hockey’s advisers, one of “the team” who did the costings on Coalition policies. You may think you write satire but I took notes and this has so much similarity to what was actually said. Here is an excerpt of our convo:

    HIM: You and many other Australians seem to be unaware that the debt trajectory was unsustainable.

    ME: Not at all. But why hit the most vulnerable?

    HIM: Don’t you think we should all contribute?

    ME: I think those who are most able should contribute more. Why not address taxation on superannuation contributions rather than the pension? Why did you abolish the tax on superannuation earnings over $100,000 pa?

    HIM: We were advised by the superannuation companies that it would be impossible to administer.

    ME: They wouldn’t have to administer it. They just provide a statement of earnings like they already do, and individuals who earn over $100,000 are then required to lodge a tax return.

    HIM: That’s not my area of expertise. Labor left us with a mess. They had no plan on how to implement it.

    ME: I’m not interested in what Labor did and I just gave you a suggestion on how to do it. Can you think of a reason we couldn’t do that? Couldn’t we only allow negative gearing on new properties to help raise revenue and housing affordability?

    HIM: Seems to be a war between self-funded retirees and pensioners

    ME: Well when the wealthier group get greater concessions while the least well off get significant cuts it’s hardly surprising.

    HIM: We have put a temporary levy on high income earners.

    ME: Yes, the accountants are busily investing in super and negative gearing their way to $179,000 as we speak. Novated leases on luxury cars should do well in the months before next April. And don’t tell me about giving up the wage rise they weren’t going to get.

    HIM: The budget has to be looked at as a whole. Labor were never going to get to surplus. The spending they left us was unsustainable.

    ME: So why are you going ahead with the paid parental leave scheme then?

    HIM: Madam, it is obvious you have already made up your mind and nothing I can say will change it.

  7. rossleighbrisbane

    The debt “trajectory” WAS unsustainable. However, any measure that Labor proposed was attacked by the Liberals as hurting struggling families. Now, “we all have to share the load” with those on the bottom carrying most of the weight.
    Of course, trajectories change as gravity pulls them back into line.
    And, of course, Joe Hockey couldn’t expain what his plans or answer any question, if one banned any reference to the Opposition or the previous Government. In fact, that’s always a fun exercise with any interview – redact any reference to the Labor Party and see what you’re left with.

  8. Stephen Tardrew

    Ross:

    The disturbing thing is this is not fantasy it is hppening in real time. When you have to cover yourself with deceptions and lies you have certainly lost the argument.

    Kaye has already made up her mind based upon facts and critical questioning while the adviser is lost in a sea of confusion and inconsistency. Solution I can’t talk to you because you make too much sense. There is no way they can survive on this type of vascialting dishonesty.

    The die is cast and the end is nigh. I was pretty well convinced before the budget but now it is a certainty. The problem seems to be to limit the damadge.

    Labor must come out with a fully costed alternative including resources tax, superanutaion adjustments and the bag of alternatives discussed on this site, so ably compiled by Kaye.

  9. krush

    S&P are criminal fraudsters for the banks; screw their budget advice—send them to jail
    Australians should not tolerate the Abbott government making vicious budget cuts to meet the demands of criminal fraudsters at Standard & Poor’s who should be in jail.
    Who cares if S&P is threatening that unless Parliament passes Abbott and Hockey’s budget cuts, it will take away Australia’s AAA credit rating? A triple-A rating from S&P is a worthless piece of junk, as 90 local councils and charities in Australia discovered in 2007-08, when they lost tens of millions on investments in toxic CDO derivatives, which S&P had rated AAA. This was a fraction of the global losses suffered by victims of S&P worldwide.
    S&P’s rating wasn’t a mistake, it was a monstrous fraud. Predatory investment banks paid S&P to rate the derivatives AAA, so they could lure in the local councils and charities.
    This fraud was at the heart of the global financial crisis, but like the criminals in the investment banks, S&P got away with its crime.
    Well, mostly—Australia is the one jurisdiction in the world where a court has upheld a civil legal claim against S&P for its role in the fraud.
    Given that, for Australian politicians to give the disgraced S&P any credibility, or, worse, any respect as an umpire of the financial system, is itself an act of fraud.
    Killing people to save banks
    Make no mistake, the budget measures that the fraudsters at S&P are endorsing—$7 tax on doctor visits and $5 tax on medicines; slashing pensions by indexation fraud; no dole for six months for under 30s at a time of very high youth unemployment; massive hikes in university fees, from $30,000 to over $100,000—are calculated to prop up Australia’s bankrupt financial system.
    This was acknowledged in the revealing 20 May Australian Financial Review story on S&P, in which Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia chief economist Saul Eslake pointed out:
    “Our banks have lots of liabilities which ratings agencies now recognise could become government liabilities in the wrong circumstances.”
    S&P analyst Craig Michaels echoed this connection between the banks and Australia’s credit rating; AFR reported:
    “Mr Michaels emphasised Australia was unusual among the 12 nations granted S&P’s gold-plated rating because it relies heavily on foreign investors for capital, including its major banks, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank and ANZ Bank. ‘Australia is fairly unique among AAA-rated sovereigns in that its external position is very weak,’ he said. ‘What that means is that to retain the AAA rating, everything else needs to remain very strong, including public finances.’”
    AFR elaborated, “Australia’s [triple-A] rating carries an implicit assumption the federal government would bail out local banks in a crisis.”

  10. Stephen Tardrew

    Kush:

    Great post totally agree with you. Quantitative easing was to easy the banks reserves yet no one knows where the hell all the toxic assets are. The best were supposed to have been bought by the Fed but how much more crap is on the banks balance sheets we do not know. Smoke mirrors and creative accounting. It’s not possible that during the time of quantitative easing that the banks reserves are sufficient if, and when, their is another financial collapse and we will surely wear the consequences.

  11. Stephen Tardrew

    Sorry Krush got name wrong.

  12. Indira Devi

    To message is for Joe Hockey and Tony Abbot. I want you both and the politicians that support you and your decisions. I understand a lot of budgets must take place. Now i would like to say something, and its personal and I am willing to share it with the whole of Australia. I am 59 years old and I work full time. I am diabetic, had breast cancer and had 7 stents in my heart and also Lupus. (a walking time bomb). I have high blood pressure and cholesterol. Every three months I see a specialist and the difference is minimal. My medication alone costs me $300.00 a month and sometimes I play around with purchasing my medicine as I cannot afford it. Sometime I do not see the Specialist and change my appointments and have to wait. The gap for the medication does not work. On top of it I have private health fund which costs us $360.00 a month.

    What do I do. How can I survive and enjoy whatever years is left to be happy and relax. Go on benefits I will not survive as I have since arriving in Australia in 1988 have always maintained employment and I plan to until the last breath I take.

    Please consider the hard working Australians as everything is going up and in a matter of time, health fund will increase, day to day expenses are increasing ( for me is the food I eat),medical bills are increasing. And now you want to increase my GP’s bill. We all should not see a GP and just jam the hospitals.

    I am yet to find honesty, integrity, openness and empathy in any of you. I was surprised to hear you explain how your parents struggled when they arrived years ago. That was years ago and this is now.

  13. jagman48

    Where are the Labor Party members on this issue? Nowhwere to be seen or heard.

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