“Hockey tells Kiwis there is no economic crisis in Australia..” [#geekgirl]
[From SBS] “Joe Hockey has told New Zealand that there is no crisis in the Australian economy, nor is it in trouble.
The treasurer also made no mention of the “budget emergency” he and his government referred to when justifying their unpopular budget to Australians.
Instead, Mr Hockey reassured Kiwis that their second biggest trading partner is benefiting from 23 years of consecutive economic growth.
“The Australian economy is not in trouble,” he told New Zealand political current affairs show The Nation on Saturday.
Mr Hockey also denied drastic reforms to Australian healthcare, education and taxes were about ideological change.
He said his government’s reforms were about continuing growth and stimulating other parts of the economy.
“There’s no crisis at all in the Australian economy,” the treasurer said.
“The fact is you need to move on the budget to fix it now, and you need to undertake structural reform to structure the economy in the years ahead.”
Despite the changes, New Zealand has nothing to worry about in terms of its trading partnership with Australia, he said.”
Aussie Pollies: Overpaid [#geekgirl]
[Via Adam Bandt.]
“Monsanto Buys Up Heirloom Seed Suppliers…” [#geekgirl]
“…#chaplaincy providers now owe govt $150m but finance min waiving debt…” [#geekgirl]
— Daniel Hurst (@danielhurstbne) June 19, 2014
“Frances Abbott’s Scholarship: The Full Extent” [#geekgirl]
“Tony Abbott’s daughter did not have to pay for $60,000 design degree…” [#geekgirl]
The revelation raises questions for the prime minister over whether the scholarship should have been declared on his interests register.
The Coalition government is also under pressure over changes to higher education funding announced in the budget.
Frances Abbott undertook a bachelor of design at the Whitehouse Institute of Design in Sydney from 2011 to 2013. Guardian Australia has confirmed that she received a scholarship during her time at the institute.
“Frances definitely was a student with us and received a chairman’s scholarship,” Leanne Whitehouse, director of the Institute told Guardian Australia. She declined to detail how many times the “chairman’s scholarship” has been awarded previously, but the institute’s website makes no references to the scholarship and states the institute “does not currently offer scholarships to gain a place into the Bachelor of Design”.”
“Nothing was going to stop the applause tonight…” [#geekgirl]
“Watch as Christopher Pyne directs Bronwyn Bishop to stand up to stop the applause for Bill Shorten. Nothing was going to stop the applause tonight.”
“Even Joe doesn’t listen to Joe…” [#geekgirl]
Fat Cigars, Now Gleeful Joe Hockey Danced In His Office Before the #Budget2014 [#geekgirl]
The Slash and Burn #Budget2014 Hypocrisy [#geekgirl]
[Via Gregory Erdstein] “If we do win the election and we immediately say, oh, we got it all wrong, we’ve now got to do all these different things, we will instantly be just as bad as the current government has been and I just refuse to be like that.”