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It’s not all beer and cigars

I have decided that instead of going to the doctor I will have two beers and a few cigarettes instead. That will save the Government on the pension too. I won’t make 70.

According to the Guardian this is what Hockey said about the $7 co-payment to go to the doctor:

“One of the things that quite astounds me is some people are screaming about [the] $7 co-payment,” the treasurer said.

“One packet of cigarettes costs $22; that gives you three visits to the doctor. You can spend just over $3 on a middy of beer so that’s two middies of beer to go to the doctor. Let’s have some perspective about the costs of taking care of our health, and is a parent really going to deny their sick child a visit to the doctor which would be the equivalent payment of a couple of beers or one third of a packet of cigarettes?”

And what about a 27 year old sacked from their job who is denied unemployment benefits for the first six months?

“I would expect you’d be in a job. That would be the starting point, you’d be in a job, and we need you to work … Everything we are doing is about lifting the tide so that we can get more people into jobs.”

Not even close Joe, but still no cigar. I guess for someone on almost $400000 a year with a lifetime sinecure courtesy of the rich burghers of North Sydney $7 is nothing. To someone on no income it is a fortune. And a job? What’s that? young people are asking.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Treasurer Joe Hockey enjoy cigars outside Parliament House in Canberra.

It is just not Hockey who is out of touch. The Deputy Prime Minster, Warren Truss, attacked superannuants and pensioners. He is reported by Tony Moore in the Sydney Morning Herald as saying:

“Increasingly the lifestyle – and the savings for superannuation – are being seen as the opportunity to enjoy a few cruises and the luxuries of life for a few years until it runs out and then people wish to fall back on the aged pension.”

According to the OECD, Australia has one of the lowest level of pensions in the OECD, and 35% of Australian pensioners live in poverty.

It is not just that these representatives are out of touch. Of course they are. They are the ignorant bigot faction of capital who have no idea what it is like to be poor or a pensioner. They are the born to rule who only mix with other born-to-rulers.

‘Let them eat cake’ can’t be too far away.

It is not just brutal out of touch Tories doing this for fun, although Joe Hockey dancing with his wife to the best day of your life might indicate it was laughs as he reduced many Australians to tears.

The Government is planning among other things to dismantle the social wage. Why? To shift the ‘savings’ into the pockets of the likes of Gina Rinehart to offset falling profit rates.

On top of that they will introduce more and more of the market into health, education and other public goods until only the rich can afford proper health care and education.

We can resist the ruling class attacks. It is time to stop work to stop the bosses’ Budget.



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Comment from Lorikeet
Time May 16, 2014 at 10:48 am

Yes, Joe Hockey did seem to be very out of touch with the realities faced by the poor. But surely he ought to know that smoking is a difficult addiction to kick, since he has not bothered to kick it himself.

What he says is just as ludicrous as Premier Campbell Newman’s wife, Lisa, being the patron of Homeless Connect Day. I wonder how many more destitute people these toffee nosed Liberals are hoping to patronise?

While the rest of us are busy clicking our knitting needles to clothe the destitute, I bet Lisa Newman is clicking her heels with glee, instead of sinking the pointy ends into Joe Hockey’s well cushioned backside.

A better solution to the Medicare issue would be to stop all doctors from bulk billing high income households.

Comment from Ross
Time May 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Lorikeet, much of the medicine we get from our corporate big pharma is useless and damaging to our health. Our doctors spend a week studying nutrition and have no knowledge of natural remedies of Chinese medicine.

Our medical industry is compartmentalised so specialists will never know how the whole body interacts to their remedies, thus they treat the symptoms of disease rather than the cause of disease.

We don’t have true freedom since corporatocracy has taken control of our Govts.

Comment from Ross
Time May 17, 2014 at 9:46 am

I must say the cigar chomping photo of Joe Hockey is great. He looks tense and deep in thought. Is the cigar a symbol of penis power ?

Did you know the cigar chomping figure in the game of Monopoly is based on JP Morgan. No doubt a person Hockey would emulate. He was totally ruthless.

Comment from Kay
Time May 22, 2014 at 7:26 am


Re your statement to Lorikeet: “much of the medicine we get from our corporate big pharma is useless and damaging to our health.”

It sounds as though you have never had your life saved by modern medicine – even something as simple as an antibiotic, let alone cancer treatment. Today’s greatly increased longevity is due to modern living conditions and modern health treatments. Medical research is producing outstanding outcomes for ordinary people. Who funds medical research? Mainly big corporations and private benefactors. The Budget’s proposed medical research fund is a good initiative, especially given Australia’s excellent record in medical research breakthroughs.