Joe Hockey has made an abject apology to “the disadvantaged” for his “insensitive” and “hurtful” comments about their driving habits and fuel consumption.
The prime minister has distanced himself from controversial remarks by the treasurer, Joe Hockey, that poor people “don’t have cars or actually don’t drive very far”.
Australia Post has put its hand up to run Medicare and the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) services from its shop fronts, as the federal government calls for expressions of interest in its plan to outsource the ageing and expensive system to make budget savings.
Vested business interests helped destroy the former Labor government and are now trying to run the country, according to the former Labor treasurer Wayne Swan.
The sales job on this budget has been such a train wreck it’s almost as if the government needs a public service announcement about how to avoid obvious political pitfalls – kind of like that catchy ditty made for Metro Trains in Melbourne called Dumb Ways to Die.