In a speech last night, Joe Hockey said his unpopular Budget is fair and that everyone who opposes it is engaging in class war. Bob Ellis comments.
IMAGINE, IF YOU WILL, a 27-year-old woman in a country town who loses her job as a waitress on a Friday and finds she is pregnant the following Monday.
Under Joe Hockey’s new rules, she will get no money for six months, and must fend for herself until the baby is born and, after it is born, will get no Paid Parental Leave either, because she has no job.
“… the class war rhetoric of the 1970s.”
Some of us would think it was unfair — and if there’s a class war on, he’s declared it.
Joe would argue that the woman can, in her ninth month, move to another town and work for the dole, away from her family and their support system, and give birth in the workplace, but some of us would find this unfair also.
Joe would argue this is an ‘isolated case’, probably no more than twenty women will be in this position in the next two years — but the trouble is, 10 million women will have heard of it and will vote his Government out because of it.
This inability to join the dots characterises Joe.
He may be the most incompetent politician in our history. He is certainly the most incompetent Treasurer.
He imagines $7 is no great sacrifice to an old woman in a nursing home with a chronically treatable condition who must go to the doctor twice a week, spending $20 on two visits and four bus fares. He imagines she too is an isolated case and 10 million women will not hear of her.
But of course they will. And they will not find her treatment by him “fair”.
Read the full article and see further video via: Independent Australia