9th Dec 2015
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Joe Hockey becomes US ambassador

Joe Hockey may have lost his seat of North Sydney to Trent Zimmerman in the byelection over the weekend, but he has been officially appointed to the role of ambassador to the United States.

The former treasurer in the Abbott Government will take up the ambassador post in Washington DC in early 2016, replacing Kim Beazley, who has held the role since 2010.

Mr Hockey, who gave his final address to Parliament on 21 October, expressed a keenness to contribute to public life.

 “I still have three or four years of desire to contribute to the country in one form or another…It's just that politics, at the end of the day, beat me,” Mr Hockey said.

However, he said that if he remained in politics his attention would be occupied with payback of his “enemies”. 

“If I was going to stay, it would be overwhelmingly about getting even with people that brought me down…But I love my country and my family more than I hate my enemies,” he explained.

Prime Minister Turnbull described Australia’s relationship to the US as a “very deep one” and that “Joe will be, as Kim has been, the face of Australia to Washington. To the most powerful government in the world, the face of Australia will be Joe Hockey.”

However, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described the decision to appoint Hockey as “a trifle strange”.

“Malcolm Turnbull didn't trust Joe Hockey to be treasurer but how do we know he really trusts Joe Hockey to be ambassador to America?” he said on Tuesday.

Labor's foreign affairs spokeswoman, Tanya Plibersek also questioned Mr Hockey’s appointment, saying the position should go to someone with “a deep interest in foreign affairs”, and Mr Hockey has not previously expressed such an interest.

Read more at sbs.com.au.

Read more at smh.com.au.

What do you think of Joe Hockey being appointed ambassador to the United States? Will he fulfil the expectations of the role or would someone else have been better suited to the position? Should former Australian politicians be appointed as our diplomats?





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    Glen48
    9th Dec 2015
    9:41am
    That's the way you do it money for nothing ,,cheques for free,,
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    2:42pm
    It remains an ongoing disgrace that politicians are able to start their taxpayer funded pension the day they leave politics no matter what age they are. So Hockey is picking up 2 big pay packets. Both compliments of the taxpayer.
    Readers also need to remember that the previous Labor governments out of goodwill SHARED AMBASSADOR APPOINTMENTS between ex Labor and ex Liberal MPs. This government has kept them all for its cronies. Tells a story. But we already know what this bunch is like. Despicable liars.
    Paddles
    9th Dec 2015
    3:09pm
    IMO...The ongoing disgrace to these columns Mick, is your acerbic anti Liberal bias and one-eyed comments on topical matters.
    May I remind you that the current Govt has been in place for barely 2 years and Kim Beasley, a former leader of the labor party has occupied that position for five years (with distinction I might add).
    You may care to educate and inform us of the catalogue of of dodgy appointments to ambassadorial and representative appointments that the LNP has made in its tenure.
    When the inevitable curtain comes down on the undistinguished career of Bill Shorten, would you suggest a prominent diplomatic post for him?
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    3:27pm
    I tell it like it is. I will not accept the outright lies which coming from the Liberal Party propaganda machine.
    My recollection after the 2007 win by Kevin Rudd is that Rudd offered HALF of the ambassadorships to Liberal Party stalwarts. I did not see Tony Abbott offer even ONE to Labor. Tells a compelling tale. And for what it is worth Paddles I do think that the behaviour of this government is despicable. Has been since day 1.
    If you want to accuse me of 'bias' then debate the facts. That is all that I expect............but please do not throw up the continual Liberal Party garbage which appears routinely from a few posters on this website. Stay with the facts and we'll have a discussion. Attack the opposition with the intention of SMEARING and you'll get back what you deserve: the truth!
    Thank you for the admission that Beasley was not a bum. Elsewhere on this page it has been alleged otherwise and I knew it must have been wrong because the media never had need to attack Beasley, so he must have done a good job.
    Cheers.
    tj
    9th Dec 2015
    9:01pm
    Paddles don't forget Mike Rann getting the gig in Italy .Shame about Beasley losing leadership as he vowed to roll back the GST remember?
    Paddles
    9th Dec 2015
    9:35pm
    Mick

    Your adherence to the party line is admirable as far as it goes but you are standing on unstable ground.
    I won't fault your memory but I would urge you to realise that that your memory is of your stance and judgement on a given set of circumstances. From there, if you are at all a rational debater, you must concede that others hold a different opinion on any given set of circumstances.
    What you label lies from the LNP are viewed through the prism of a hard core Labor supporter and you should acknowledge that others see it in a different light.
    You make hay of the "offers" of Rudd and go on to compare (unfavourably) of course with the non stated "offers" of Abboitt. This flies in the face of the old adage that politicians promises are like pie crusts........i.e. "made to be broken.
    Mick......cool down....chill out....all your fervour and angst is not going to change our political landscape one iota.....cheers
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    10:29pm
    Paddles: your observation is not correct. I have stated previously that I support neither side. If my posts appear to indicate that I support Labor it is only because I read so much ill informed right wing propaganda on this site and seek to correct the bias. Understandably this may seem unthinkable from some. Fair enough. But stick with the facts and we can all have a discussion, not a brawl. "The truth will set you free".
    The political landscape is indeed changeable. It just requires honesty, decency and caring Australians to abandon often long held affiliations and ignoring the filth. Making political choices based on HONESTY (as much as you can get in politics!) and FAIRNESS is what will change the political landscape. I for one will not be backing ANY party set up exclusively for the privileged which intends taxing average citizens to death whilst sending the loot to the big end of town. This is the game at hand. It is obscene and Australians need to crush such betrayal.
    Yes I am passionate.
    cockrone
    9th Dec 2015
    9:59am
    Another embarrassment for Australia - what experience has Mr Hockey in Foreign Affairs, Diplomacy, His adeptness with Communicating has shown total lack of understanding
    - his engagement with his Minister Julie Bishop will be interesting?? Jobs for the Boys... sad.
    TwainAndHume
    9th Dec 2015
    10:23am
    Yes, just exactly who will be the "leaner" in this relationship? Joe Hockey, or the long-suffering Australian tax payer?
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    2:44pm
    Jobs for the boys by one of the biggest and most expensive 'leaners' the country has.
    If I had my way I'd suggest Hockey and Murdoch stay in the US. I think you'd find that a majority of Australians might support that one.
    btony
    10th Dec 2015
    7:38pm
    Same snout, different trough
    TwainAndHume
    9th Dec 2015
    10:22am
    As others more astute in Australian politics than myself have said, "How can he comfortably go to Washington and take orders from people he obviously considers "enemies" back in Canberra??

    "However, he said that if he remained in politics his attention would be occupied with payback of his “enemies”.

    “If I was going to stay, it would be overwhelmingly about getting even with people that brought me down…But I love my country and my family more than I hate my enemies,” he explained."
    Strummer
    9th Dec 2015
    10:30am
    A plum job is the reward for mediocrity.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    2:45pm
    And apparently for deceit and betrayal.
    SydneySwan
    9th Dec 2015
    10:50am
    I wonder if he will double-dip and draw his parliamentary pension whilst he is ambassador to the US. If so he will be guilty of breath-taking hypocrisy.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    2:46pm
    Of course. That is how Hockey will spit in the face of the nation.
    mangomick
    9th Dec 2015
    10:51am
    Always liked Joe. But his comment about always thinking about "payback" if he stayed in Politics makes you wonder if this really is the sort of attribute one looks for in an Ambassador whose prime task is to be diplomatic.
    Polly Esther
    9th Dec 2015
    12:23pm
    So did I, always thought he was a likeable man, and his 'payback' comment was at least an honest one.
    Gra
    9th Dec 2015
    1:07pm
    The talk of payback makes me wonder if he is mature enough for the role of Ambassador.
    Tom Tank
    9th Dec 2015
    11:15am
    His comment re payback on his enemies surely displays a juvenile approach to life, especially since those "enemies" belong to his own party. One can only wonder how effective an Ambassador he will make.
    He effectively got the sack because he stuffed up but gets rewarded with a plum job.
    Ah polilticians they sure know how to get, and keep, their nose in the trough.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    2:50pm
    But Joe is from the Liberal Party. Do you remember the venom and hate which this party directed to Labor...before, during and after the last election. Nothing has changed. They are what they are....totally despicable human beings.
    Kato
    10th Dec 2015
    4:45pm
    Payback the moron would have to continually be looking in the mirror biggest enemy he had. was and still is Joe Hockey.
    heyyybob
    9th Dec 2015
    11:20am
    I really want to comment on the hypocrisy, the money grabbing, the 'jobs for the boys', etc etc BUT everytime, after reading this report, I HAVE to rush back into the toilet :( Boy, it is no wonder we have such lousy politicians because they ALL grow up in Australia where the citizens have always not trusted people who go into politics !! Well, OK, may 5% of aspiring politician may be OK ;) Ooooops, off again !!
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    2:52pm
    So why are politicians, real estate agents, bankers and some lawyers not to be trusted? Tells a story.
    heyyybob
    9th Dec 2015
    5:53pm
    'cos SOOOO many voters, customers and clients are apathetic :(
    **** iss simples.
    splinter
    9th Dec 2015
    11:20am
    When is Life Choices going to report correctly. Joe Hockey did not lose his seat he quit.
    Easy to see that Life Choices staff are still all Labour supporters
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    2:54pm
    You are right but come off the grass. One of the many things I hate about the Liberal side of politics is the outright dishonesty and perversion of all things that go against them. What a bunch of losers to the human race. And you wonder why the country keeps going backwards.....
    Auction Girl
    9th Dec 2015
    11:22am
    Appalled. So this is how the politicians repay incompetent buffoons for their deficiencies ????? Appears that no matter what they still look after their own.
    Anonymous
    9th Dec 2015
    11:33am
    Isn't he taking over Kim Beasly"s job you won"t get a bigger idiot than him.
    Gra
    9th Dec 2015
    1:08pm
    I don't know about that Robbo, they could have installed Mark Latham as Ambassador.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    3:00pm
    robbo: your comment deserves Liberal Party stoolie status. Given that Beasley was NEVER an embarrassment to the nation I can only assume that he must have done something right. Tony Abbott has both his (soiled) feet in his mouth on a regular basis. Your insults ignore the reality. But this is how stoolies often work.

    Gra: I had not listed to Latham too often when he was in office and I do not understand the real reasons he left. Only what was reported. What I do know is that Latham's comments on the Verdict (not an ABC program!!) are very articulate and show understanding of many issues. I respect the man for not being a big business puppet or a union puppet. Your comments show your bias. I would have thought that the nation deserved better than this sort of slagging off and Latham certainly is not the imbecile you would make him out to be. Tony Abbott surely takes the top prize for that.
    Anonymous
    9th Dec 2015
    5:34pm
    Mick Beasley was an embarrassment to the Labour party he was hopeless and couldn't win a thing so they got rid of him.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    10:32pm
    Maybe, but he seems to have done a good job as an ambassador. Methinks that Tony Abbott would have to take the cake where "embarrassment" is concerned. A wonder he didn't choke with both his feet in his mouth most of the time.
    wally
    17th Dec 2015
    4:00pm
    mick, I'd suggest you track down and read The Latham Diaries. Sure, Latham portrays himself as a "good guy" but he does a good job of explaining how the Labor Party factions work behind the scenes. Some of his comments about his fellow Labor Party politicians are also revealing. including Beasley, Crean, Ferguson, Rudd, and Swan to name a few. Like Rudd, (and unlike Gillard) Latham had no real affiliation with either the unions or the factions which would bedevil his attempts to influence and formulate Labor policy.
    Mygasheater
    9th Dec 2015
    11:36am
    Amelia, Hockey did not lose his seat, he resigned from Parliament causing a by election.

    Don't feel sorry for Hockey. As ambassador he will be paid $360,000 pa plus live in rent free accomodation. In addition to that he will pick up his asset free, indexed for life, Parliamentary pension of $180,000 a year.

    Poor sod! It's a good thing the "age of entitlement" is over for this poor, hard done by, incompetent.
    Patriot
    9th Dec 2015
    1:21pm
    Mygasheater
    Just am unable to see hoe he can survive on a "Mere" $10,000.00 per week!
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    3:02pm
    Wonderful post Mygasheater. And well put.
    Chris B T
    9th Dec 2015
    9:53pm
    The entillement has only just started.
    The extras, Children's schooling
    House keeping
    Staff to Run The (upstairs,downstairs scenario)
    Travel
    Entertainment
    Where does he pay taxes or tax free
    This is all added extras to which he would not contribute to.
    Basically a Free Kick on Entillements, PLUS KEEP YOUR INCOME.
    No wonder Joe Jumped At The Chance, the rest of Badly Done By was a bit of Theater. ;-{X)
    Lucky Joe.
    Phil1943
    9th Dec 2015
    1:22pm
    The appointment of Hockey, a failed politician with a capital 'F', degrades the position of ambassador to the US in so many ways. In case MT hadn't noticed, the US is really, truly, very important to our own little island. His appointment of Hockey won't go without being noticed over there, and in an extremely negative way. Looks like we're taking that particular superpower for granted. Danger, danger, danger. To preserve our international position we need the cooperation of America. That's not something Hockey has the nous to deliver. More subservience? More likely!
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    3:03pm
    In the Liberal Party this is the JOBS FOR THE BOYS you always get. Despicable people who look after their cronies! Quality is never an issue. I feel sorry for the US.
    wally
    17th Dec 2015
    4:08pm
    Jobs for the boys is a long standing political tradition in Australia and elsewhere. Remember how Bill Hayden was made Governor General after he "got the shove" as Labor Party Leader so Bob Hawke could replace him and challenge Malcolm fraser in the 1983 election? So the jobs for the boys phenomenon is not a Liberal monopoly.
    OlderandWiser
    9th Dec 2015
    1:59pm
    Jobs for the boys, and a fat pension as well. Of course we can afford fat pensions and benefits for politicians, but not for the people whose back-breaking work built this nation.

    $10,000 a week for an incompetent fool whose mouth got him into trouble often (hardly qualification for a job as a ''diplomat''!)- and ''the age of entitlement is over''?
    bebby
    9th Dec 2015
    2:26pm
    I wonder how his statement "Poor people don't drive cars" will go down in America?
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    3:04pm
    What about "the age of entitlement is over"?
    Anonymous
    9th Dec 2015
    5:31pm
    bebby perhaps if you had a good job like Hockey said you wouldn't be on this websight you would be working
    Happy cyclist
    9th Dec 2015
    2:14pm
    The first paragraph of this piece really is an incredibly sloppy piece of work. Its so inaccurate as to make one wonder about the worth of bothering to read further.
    Glen48
    9th Dec 2015
    2:24pm
    Joe was the winner out of the spill Turn Bull will have his hands full next yr with 200k car workers out of a job,,,and how knows about Clive???
    Rae
    9th Dec 2015
    3:47pm
    Australia is technically in recession right now. The world is still in THE Great Recession. And Markets are failing very fast indeed.

    If Morrison gets his way with lowering pensions and penalty rates and raises the GST that is a whopping $50 billion straight out of the economy.

    Expect more closed businesses, unemployment etc.

    This is exactly what you don't do in a recession. Treasury just does not seem to be able to get the timing right at all. I can understand the crazy ideology but their timing is lousy.
    donnabella
    9th Dec 2015
    2:25pm
    Quite usual for "political parties of any persuasion" to reward failures. My money, my taxes, my country, my reputation - NO THOUGHT for that, only "patting the head(s) of the little boys and girls" now not on the new PM invitation list.
    Paddles
    9th Dec 2015
    2:56pm
    I think that Joe Hockey could be an outstanding appointee to this role. He has the background of moving in the right circles and is, in many ways, the quintessential Aussie....laid back, funny and gregarious.
    I suspect that any BBQ he chooses to lay on in Washington will be well attended.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    3:10pm
    Paid advertisement from the Liberal Party?
    Not many people would agree with you Paddles. Read the posts above.
    Rae
    9th Dec 2015
    3:56pm
    Actually I think I agree with you Paddles. Hockey was a useless Treasurer but he is funny and gregarious and essentially Aussie.

    Washington is a strange but lovely city. I'm sure he will fit in real well. I especially love the Cathedral and the amazing urban landscape.

    The Americans in Washington are quite cosmopolitan and used to wheeling and dealing. They will like Hockey I expect. Even with his occasional clangers. There will be bets on those I expect by a lot of Foggy Bottom locals.

    And I certainly don't work for the liberals mick. I believe neoliberal ideology will see many back living like those in Wigan Pier if we are not careful and I will be checking out the Independent very carefully on your advice. I just know Washington. Strange city.
    mangomick
    9th Dec 2015
    9:13pm
    Sorry Mick but I've got to agree with Paddles. Reckon Hockey would be the life of any Party. He might not be able to beat Hawke's beer skolling record or match Clinton's great feats but he comes across as quintessentially Australian .
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    10:35pm
    Sort of thought Hockey's arrogance, disposition and complete lack of empathy may have gotten average Australians offside. Certainly every other post seems to indicate this on several blogs.
    Mike
    9th Dec 2015
    3:05pm
    Hockey dubbed disabled people rorters and part pensioners who worked and saved as the wealthy and destroyed their retirement plans. Hockey himself was found to be one of the greatest rorters ( eg his $288 per night travel allowance), and now picks up two massive paychecks tax free.
    Rae
    9th Dec 2015
    4:03pm
    He certainly did his bit to destroy Superannuation as we thought we knew it. History will not be kind to him. Keating persuaded us it would be marvellous and Hockey persuaded us it sucks.

    Only 48000 will be effected before the election but it will cause ripples as they are well educated. Most don't realise it yet. Wait until next month.

    The hundreds of thousands affected from 2017 will be a different story. The Liberals forget these people have well educated children and grandkids and I think it will be political suicide but we will see and it certainly won't affect the next election. Clever that.
    Radish
    9th Dec 2015
    4:18pm
    "Should former politicians be appointed?" happens all the time...Labor/Liberal...I have no problem with them being given the job.
    I think he will be fine in the job; he is an amiable enough guy and knows the political scene.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    4:31pm
    The LNP appoint 100% of ex LNP pollies. They call that 'fairness'.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    4:32pm
    Surely the issue is that Hockey will be taking his pension and drawing a wage. Should be one or the other. Not both. So can I be on the pension and hold down a high paying job?

    9th Dec 2015
    4:31pm
    Fat Joe wouldn't know how to carry out ANY job. He'd, and we'd, be better off if he worked in a kebab shop.
    Scrivener
    9th Dec 2015
    5:08pm
    Australia's ambassador to Disneyland, I could believe - but to the USA??? Joe Hockey??? Think I'll have a Bex and a good lie down.
    casper dude
    9th Dec 2015
    5:10pm
    Joe Hockey has the diplomacy of a tin of spam. His comments on "get a good job and you will be able to afford a house" was clearly very upsetting for all those young people out there struggling to get on the housing ladder, many with good jobs who still can't afford the housing costs. Joe Hockey simply hasn't got the diplomacy for this post and I wonder how on earth he got the job. Clearly it's jobs for the boys and an embarrassment for Australia. He is not in the real world.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    8:45pm
    Don't forget the "lifters and leaners" comment and the "age of entitlement" comment....when Hockey is sponging off the public purse, taking his parliamentary pension and at the same time picking up a cushy high paying job in The US going to luncheons with the boys. You wonder why Australians got upset?
    Scrivener
    9th Dec 2015
    5:16pm
    That's Australia - send our dumbest ambassador to the smartest country on earth.
    Scrivener
    9th Dec 2015
    5:18pm
    I can see Shlockey and Trump putting another 'shrimp on the barbie'. President and poon!
    Anonymous
    9th Dec 2015
    5:37pm
    Your wrong he is replacing the dumbest Ambassador by the name of Beasley an idiot.
    Anonymous
    9th Dec 2015
    6:05pm
    Scrivener, more like Beavis and Butthead.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    10:37pm
    Not too sure about the "smartest" tag Scrivener. Yanks are pleasant but most are pretty thick. Even pollies are unable to do interviews where they respond off the cuff.
    Americans are great business people. That is their strong point.
    Alexia_x
    9th Dec 2015
    5:35pm
    OMG! A man like that in a diplomatic position representing Australia, what a disaster!
    But, of course, the government must justify the thousands of dollars in salary given to that pig, a shame for Australia once again.
    Anonymous
    9th Dec 2015
    6:09pm
    Yes, Les Patterson would be a better choice, and, unfortunately, this nepotistic government justifies nothing.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    8:46pm
    These days we need a woman representative to get the numbers equal. So how about Dame Edna instead?

    9th Dec 2015
    5:39pm
    Me thinks a lot of pensioner bludger lefties on this websight.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    8:48pm
    Having read some of your comments robbo you are most certainly a right wing stoolie.
    Stay with the facts and avoid the political BS. Nobody appreciates liars and scoundrels. The truth is always welcome!
    Jurassicgeek
    9th Dec 2015
    6:33pm
    just another job f0r one of the boys...he should not be entitled to a pension till he gets to 70 like the rest of us....
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    8:49pm
    Have not read a comment which would disagree with that.
    tj
    9th Dec 2015
    9:19pm
    After reading all of your disgruntled comments by ungrateful people i think you have all missed the point and that is that all these various appointments for our ex pollies is simply that they are showing their loyal subjects an example of bi partisan and unity and that they are all on the same page and can unite if they have too
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    10:41pm
    I thought that the problem was that they rarely agree. Certainly the LNP under Abbott would agree with nothing.
    If you could get agreement on important issues affecting the nation then Abbott would have supported Gillard with the Carbon Tax and Shorten would have supported Abbott with sorting out the rorters on social security. Don't hold your breath.
    BB1
    9th Dec 2015
    10:14pm
    All I can say about Joe Hockey is that he needs to lose more weight. I thought he had a gastric banding, but he is still BIG, Heading for heart attack territory, he and a lot of the Pollies.
    They come out and say 'we' should lose weight, but they don't do it themselves. Most are overweight, can't see their shoes unless they are looking in a mirror.
    Then I see the pollies lose weight then I may consider doing so, but I am no where near their weight. Boy they kid themselves.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2015
    10:42pm
    Never fear. Joe is going to the US where there are overweight people everywhere. Joe better watch himself there. Too many free lunches might get him in the end.....
    Anonymous
    10th Dec 2015
    7:50am
    Of course Kim Beasley was a man of small stature and have a look at Bill Shortens head and what sex is Penny Wong she dresses like a bloke give me a break.
    Dollars over Respect?
    10th Dec 2015
    10:56am
    Mr Hockey still blames others for his downfall!!!? He was his own worst enemy, evidenced by his rather stupid, uninformed public and parliamentary comments - "Pensioners don't drive cars.", "Everyone has to tighten their belts." (except us pollies ie exorbitant travel allowance abuses etc), topped by his ill-conceived budget (as assessed by economists and the Australian public). I cringe to think he has been 'rewarded' with such a sensitive (and such an extremely cushie) position as our ambassador - especially to the US! Aren't rewards given for excellence? How much damage is he going to do while there? His public persona proves he is not made of diplomatic material. This decision is going to come back to bite! It appears the award was part of the deal to 'GO' ...quietly? Imagine the chaos if he stayed! The malcontents within the ranks are still stirring the pot though Mr Turnbull. Very disconcerting to say the least!
    Old Dog
    10th Dec 2015
    10:58am
    I am a little dismayed at the level of "personal attacks",one commentator against the other, instead of learned comment on these pages. However, so be it. So far as the matter of Joe Hockey, whether one likes him or not, his credentials for the job as ambassador to the United States, and whether he will commit to the principles that he espoused when Treasurer are concerned, I am of the opinion that he really is not a nice person. Why? Once upon a time I had the "pleasure" of overhearing him and his cohorts discussing opponents, strategies and so on. I was in a market tent next to the Liberal party tent at a North Sydney day market.End of the day, things were slack, tongues were loose and the walls, adjacent to each other, were only canvas. What I heard was not a terribly nice expose'. Based on that, Mr Hockey is not the person that I would have chosen to represent Australia.
    Glen48
    10th Dec 2015
    11:06am
    The Feds have done well just got a 2% pay rise.
    Not Senile Yet!
    11th Dec 2015
    12:24am
    ALL of you guys on this site have Missed the £"$%^&££%% Point!!!!!
    Any Ambassador's Post is a Public Service Job of the Highest Order worthy of the Best Trained and Best Qualified Person available at the Time of the Vacancy!!!!!
    I do not remember the Liberal Party applying their own Principles of Free Enterprise to the POSITION and invite Applicants and then choose the Best Qualified????
    I am absolutely sure that these Appointments of Ex Pollies to these positions are ILLEGAL by Both Party policies and standards.....Most are Appointments of Bias and Jobs for the privileged!!!
    They should be made apply for them just like anyone else and be required to beat all comers....which would include the Best of the Best trained as Diplomats with appropriate Degrees.
    Should Joe had to do just that....I do not believe he would have been appointed...full stop!
    This is another example of Corruption by the Party System to advance their own members!!!!
    If the Union cannot do it then neither should the Political Parties !!!!
    Joe is not an Ambassadors Ar.....le!!!!!
    maxchugg
    13th Dec 2015
    12:59pm
    Absolutely 100% correct. I am sure that there would be applicants who would do the job free, rewarded only by the prestige, the rent free luxury accommodation in the high rent area of a city which is a major tourist attraction, plus the numerous other lurks and perks, including personal staff.
    Yet not only does Joe get $360,000 a year, he is being asked nicely to only accept half of his normal $180,000 a year pension which commenced when he retired from Parliament, and will last, fully indexed, for life.
    Joe preaches that the age of entitlement is over, he wants us to be lifters, not leaners, so we now can't retire until we are 70, while he retires at 50.
    Currently, assuming that everyone lives until they are 80, and making no allowance for inflation, with Joe receiving no income for his job at the US, he would receive around $5.4 million during his long retirement. By comparison, a pensioner couple owning their own home would receive $317,000 in their 10 years of retirement.
    The age of entitlement is over - only for some!
    Dollars over Respect?
    13th Dec 2015
    6:44pm
    Not Senile Yet & Maxchugg:
    The Libs have got it wrong yet again...it's the pollies that we can't afford, not the Pensioners! All of these excessive allowances, which do not exist in the commercial world because they are obviously unaffordable for a business to continue to exist. This grossly unjust situation needs to be brought into line with what the working community have to accept. What makes them feel entitled to a pension - fully indexed - for life? How is it that they continue to get away with all this rorting, long after they have retired or lost their jobs? Why do we allow this to continue?
    Whoray46
    14th Dec 2015
    11:32am
    It's just another job for the boys or just get them out of sight, out of mind! Plus who would employ him here? So he will sit back & enjoy the ride! Watch him balloon in sizes after grazing in the top paddock!
    Glen48
    14th Dec 2015
    1:04pm
    Deposit tax coming next then super..


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