Former prime minister John Howard has delivered a guarded rebuke to Tony Abbott, saying today's politicians rely too heavily on slogans and declaring Australians will support change and reform so long as they are satisfied it is ''fundamentally fair''.
Describing politics today as less ideological than in his time, the country's second longest-serving prime minister has observed: ''We sometimes lose the capacity to argue the case - we think that it sufficient that we utter slogans.''
Treasurer Joe Hockey has suggested the wives of senior government ministers may have kept their husbands in the dark about whether or not they "double-dipped" with their paid parental leave entitlements.
And in an extraordinary interview, Mr Hockey has suggested his own wife doesn't always tell him about their household finances but did not say why.
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Bad excuses from Joe: "their wives did not tell them"... What a lot of rot. These are the sort of excuses used when one confess sins at the confessional. the game is to find a way to mitigate the importance of the sin not so much to minimise the "penalty" — usually worth a penance of two Hail-Marys — but mostly to minimise the size of our trespass in our own eyes.
It's likely that Joe's wife does not tell Joe about the household finances because big Joe is too busy screwing the household finances for everyone else, though I would be prepared to accept that Joe's wife knows that Joe is not good with economics since he's not an economist, thus would screw things up should he fiddle with the household economy... Makes sense?
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