Joe Hockey yet again appears to have lost the plot. Bagging the age of entitlement (but refusing to bag the Howard middle class welfare, fuel subsidies).
He does seem all over the place .....
I believe it's one of his pet subjects.
But perhaps his timing was all wrong? Ha.
But you know, if
he was talking about some of those blatant "bribe" "entitlements", say for people with incomes of $150 k & over, I could actually go along with him. There is absolutely no good reason why taxpayers should subsidize expensive private schools when public schools are in such dire strife, or private health insurance (which many taxpayers cannot afford), or contemplate paying higher subsidies to parents who earn far more than the lower paid to stay at home & look after their kids .... etc, etc, etc ...
If I thought he was genuinely
talking about some sort of fair go, yes, I could go along with him!
I personally have no problem at all with the concept of means testing for say, the age pension, to ensure that those who really need financial support receive what's required to live half decent lives. It is not acceptable that some elderly people cannot afford to live half-decent lives, can't afford to have their teeth fixed, or eat properly, or receive proper care ....
But of course, that's not what he's on about.
If he was, he'd also be addressing taxation reform, to ensure that the very wealthy pay their fair share of tax.
He can't argue for the abolition of the mining tax, letting the obscenely wealthy off the hook, while at the same time claim that there are insufficient funds for the government to supply essential services. But he does.
Either the man's confused, or else he's not too clever.
But this was the real clanger, which undid whatever credibility his other arguments might have had. He seems to be arguing that it is the responsibility of families to look after their own in times of adversity, unemployment, old age, whatever ... just like in Asia!
Too bad if your family is not exactly flush, or you have no family, or the rest of your family isn't too generous, or working under the equivalent of WorkChoices (stick around!), or might soon be struggling as the result of Abbott's planned culling of public sector jobs, etc, etc ...
A strange sense of entitlement:
...he talked up the superiority of the situation in parts of Asia, Hockey was in highly controversial territory. Praising Hong Kong in particular, but also the wider region, he said: ''The concept of filial piety, from the Confucian classic Xiao Jing, is thriving today right across Asia. It is also the very best and most enduring guide for community and social infrastructure … The sense of government entitlement in these countries is low. You get what you work for. Your tax payments are not excessive … By Western standards this highly constrained public safety net may, at times, seem brutal. But it works and it is financially sustainable.''
The scary thing is that Joe Hockey might become our next treasurer.
Or maybe not.
These comments make Wayne Swan look like a genius!
But at the very least, we are finally getting some small insight into what the Libs policies might actually look like, their priorities ... so let's hear more from them! About time.