Is our treasurer out of touch with the Australian people? 498



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After some incorrect comments yesterday about how children today will live until they’re 150, one would think that Joe Hockey would be able to check his facts before making broad statements.

This morning on Melbourne’s 3AW, Joe said that Australians work six months of the year for the government with tax rates that are 50 cents in the dollar. This is not true, however…the top tax rate of 45 cents in the dollar is for those who earn $180,000+. Could Mr Hockey have forgotten himself for a moment and been using his own income as an example?

In his interview, Mr Hockey said, “I want to give families a bit of a break with cost of living and that’s certainly Tony Abbott’s very strong view. We should put more money into the pockets of Australians. It’s their money” – which is fair enough, but then he continued: “You’re working July, August, September, October, November, December just for the government and then you start working for yourself and your own household income after that for another six months, it is a disincentive, so we’ve got to bear that in mind. We’ve got to bear in mind that bracket creep is going to take middle-income Australians into the second-highest tax bracket over the next few years, which is a disincentive for people to work”.

Just a mere few days since the propose Medicare co-payment was brought in and then scrapped due to public confusion, it seems quite unwise for Mr Hockey to be falsely informing Australians of high taxes and the plan to put that money back into their pockets.

And this isn’t the first time Joe has incorrectly stated that Australians are paying too much in taxes but was actually referring to a tax rate that applies to the top 1 per cent of earners.

In response to the error, a spokesman said that Mr Hockey had been speaking “in very broad terms”. The average Australian worker’s income is around $58,000, with a tax rate of around 19 cents in the dollar.


What do you think of Joe Hockey’s comments? Is he deliberately trying to deceive the public and trying to get them onside or was it an honest mistake? Tell us below.

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  1. I think he is a fool, he is out of step with the Australian people if he thinks they will swallow that, just suppose he does think we will live to be 150 years of age..what is his next step? everyone works till 120 years old

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  2. They are all delusional, that is the best excuse I can think of for them. People are laughing at them, Hockey lives in a different universe to those of us that live on earth

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    • I agree too, what an astoundingly weak excuse to cut pensions and raise health costs.. no on could make this up

    • Only the other day people were saying what a disgrace Jackie Lambie is! Excuse me but at least what she spoke about had some credence!! I wonder if her detractors will stand up for this imbecile??

    • mike here-I think that half of the problem is that those 2 clowns are making this crap up on the run, showering us with so much misinformation that they think that their sneaky bits might make it through polliement. I think that the Cuban Cigars may have altered his mind.

    • makes you wonder what he puts in those cigars Mike., he is the man that said the poor don’t drive cars

    • if you get time scroll down and read those comments..Australian’s are pure gold, they are funny even when they are annoyed. Have chuckled my way down to the bottom

  3. I think he is out of touch with reality

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    • Head of Medical Facility at NSW University said that is may be possible for that to happen. Joe Hockey was right in his comment.

      It appears your out of touch – simpleton

    • If you cant voice your opinion without name calling it makes you appear to be the simpleton. Have a nice day.

    • Actually, the questions are when will that happen and what about health now? Ruining the health system is not the way to achieve that goal.

  4. At least he was honest about which tax group are his priority just sad for most of us that don’t fit any where near that select well off group.

  5. I think Hockey has got to learn to shut his mouth, he has no idea about anything and is continually putting his foot in his mouth, stupid stupid man

  6. Yes! All the liberal party is out of touch and Abbott most of all!

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