Joe Hockey

Joseph Benedict “Joe” Hockey (born 2 August 1965) is an Australian politician who has been the Member of Parliament for North Sydney since 1996. He has been the Treasurer of Australia in the Abbott Government since 18 September 2013 and previously served as the Minister for Human Services and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations in the Howard Government. Following the 2013 election, Hockey was named Treasurer of Australia.

Political career

Hockey was Minister for Financial Services and Regulation 1998–2001 and Minister for Small Business and Tourism 2001–04. With the return of the Howard Government in 2004, Hockey was appointed Minister for Human Services and was elevated to the Cabinet in January 2007, when appointed Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.

Hockey regularly appeared on the Seven Network’s morning program Sunrise in the ‘Big Guns of Politics’ section debating Opposition Leader, Kevin Rudd until the arrangement was mutually terminated on 16 April 2007, following controversy over plans to stage a pre-dawn Anzac Day service in Vietnam.

In December 2007, Hockey was made Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, and Manager of Opposition Business in the House. In September 2008 he became Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation. Hockey became Shadow Treasurer in February 2009 when Julie Bishop stepped down from the portfolio.

Hockey’s popularity among voters grew under the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull, and in October 2009 polls showed him as the preferred Liberal leader. However, Hockey announced that he had no intention to challenge for the leadership.

On 9 November 2009, Hockey gave a speech, In Defence of God, at the Sydney Institute. “Australia has embraced religious diversity. It must always remain so, and as a Member of Parliament I am a custodian of that principle of tolerance. That is why it is disturbing to hear people rail against Muslims and Jews, or Pentecostals and Catholics. Australia must continue, without fear, to embrace diversity of faith provided that those gods are loving, compassionate and just.”

On 1 December 2009, Hockey chose to include his candidacy in a party room ballot to determine the leadership of the Liberal Party of Australia. The ballot was between Hockey, Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott. Hockey was eliminated in the first round of the ballot, with the eventual winner being Tony Abbott. Following the change of leadership, Hockey remained Shadow Treasurer.

Hockey told ABC TV’s Q&A audience on 7 March 2011 that corporate Australia had fallen behind in female boardroom representation, and if companies failed to meet a reasonable target within a period of time, then “more punitive measures” needed to be taken by parliament. He later said that, “quotas must be a last resort”.

On 26 April 2012, Hockey gave a speech, “The Future of Australian Diversity”, at the Islamic Council of Victoria. “To judge Islam based on the actions of extremists and terrorists would be no different than judging Christianity on the actions of those who have over the centuries committed atrocities in the name of Christianity.”

Hockey is an Australian republican.


2014-10-09 Joe Hockey

“We are making spending sustainable, delivering record infrastructure investment, creating new jobs and bringing the budget back to surplus over the medium term.”

- Joe Hockey explaining a $30.5 billion increase in the budget deficit.

Dear Joe,

During the last election you told us there was a “budget emergency” after Wayne Swan’s final budget in May last year put the deficit at $18 billion. I was somewhat incredulous at your claim that you could do better but then I was assuming you were talking about reducing the debt, not increasing it by 269% to $48.5 billion.

I’m not sure you’ve quite grasped the concept of economics yet but I’ve always thought you were supposed to reduce debt. Still, the only way I know how to nearly triple debt within a year is by going to Uni, so clearly I’m no Treasury expert. At least we’re on track to actually having that budget emergency you keep going on about.

Another thing you repeatedly said during the election was that the buck stops with you. So I’m delighted to hear that you’re accepting full responsibility - for the job of blaming it all on Labor. I realise you’ve been telling us the ALP are incompetent for some time now, but I’d never realised they were incompetent enough to lose another $30.5 billion without even being in government for the last 13 months.

So at what point in time are you actually responsible for the department you’re already collecting $400,000 a year plus perks to run? Can you let us know when that will be? Maybe you could ask someone who actually is a Treasury expert to work it out for you; I know maths isn’t your strong suit.

Anyway I’m sure it’s got nothing to do with you giving the RBA $8.8 billion dollars they didn’t want or need, or the 96 proposed changes to tax and superannuation you dumped, or the additional $571 million you spent on Immigration detention (plus millions more disguised as defence and customs spending), or your decision to scrap carbon pricing and the MRRT, or the $2.55 billion you’ve allocated for Abbott’s unworkable ‘Direct Action’ plan, or the $5.5 billion for his largely unexplained Paid Parental Leave scam, err scheme, or the cost of unplanned redundancies for the 16,500 public servants you’ve sacked.

It can’t possibly be the $82 billion that will be given to the mining and fossil fuel industries over the next four years to fund the Fuel Tax Credit subsidy, or the $6.9 billion cost of you refusing to change Accelerated Depreciation laws that allow these companies to claim their equipment lasts half the time it actually does, or the $100 million you’ve given them for the new ‘Exploration Development Incentive’. The deficit doesn’t yet include the $500 million a year you’ve optimistically predicted it will cost us to go back to Iraq for the third time since 1990 and join in another open-ended military campaign with no obvious strategy or goal, so it can’t be that.

You’ve halted ATO investigations into tax scams and avoidance schemes by individuals and corporations including your mate Rupert Murdoch. You continue to ignore the fact that a third of Australia’s richest companies pay less than 10 cents in the dollar in corporate tax, 84% pay less than 30 cents in the dollar and nearly two thirds of them declare subsidiaries in tax havens. Meanwhile $80 billion in health and education funding has gone up in smoke under your watch, with the promise of more cuts to come, and you’ve still managed to piss away another $30.5 billion!

In the last five years business profits in Australia have continued to grow while the proportion of tax revenue from business has shrunk from 23% to 19%. Wage growth has slowed in that time while the proportion of tax revenue from individuals has risen from 37% to 39%. Is this the heavy lifting you were talking about? Or were you referring to the job Australia has of carrying an inept clown as Treasurer for at least another two years? Here’s a savings tip for you: If the only thing you’re capable of doing is blaming everything on Labor and the poor then why not go back to doing it in opposition? I’ll even do the maths for you; it’ll be $30.5 billion cheaper.

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2014-02-13 Joe Hockey

Toyota has dismissed the claim by Treasurer Joe Hockey that its decision to stop manufacturing in Australia by 2017 was caused by inflexible union demands.

“The fact is they were very concerned about the conditions that existed at Toyota in Australia,” he told Fairfax radio, adding that this included union “militancy”.

However, in a statement Toyota said that it has never blamed the union for its decision, neither publicly or in private discussions with any stakeholders.


Comment: Sounds to me like another union beatup by the Liberal/National Party. What I take from this is that Toyota knows the TPP agreement is GOING TO BE SIGNED! (and they are getting out while they can!)

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