Joyce asks about the stimulus

Barnaby Joyce asks about the ANU study that Judith wrote up on Tuesday, our additional coverage is here. Note the waffling answer.

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21 Responses to Joyce asks about the stimulus

  1. dover_beach

    I can’t bear Question Time apart from the theatre it may provide. Wong provides an answer which fails to address the question asked, and when called to address the question, the Chair judges she is addressing the question because it is broadly addressing the economy. It’s just nonsense.

  2. Infidel Tiger

    Do yourselves a lemon flavour and check out Bob Katter’s contribution to the debate on changes to the Fair Work Act this morning.

    He claimed amongst other madness that Australia suffered more than any other country during the great depression because we didn’t embrace Keynes.

    At one stage he asked the Speaker to stop the front benches of both the LNP and ALP from laughing.

    He is a full blown communist fruit loop.

  3. Gab

    Mind you the transcript is not exactly accurate in many places…

  4. rob

    The scary thing is that I really believe Wong et al actually don’t realise how unable they are to address these issues. I don’t think she is trying to waffle, I think she just is incapable of understanding or dealing with it.

  5. That’s the great thing about Bob. He can be “ranting agrarian socialist” one minute, and “honest country Bob” the next. At least he has the moral high ground over the charlatans Oakeshotte and Windsor.

  6. Old Surfie

    Poor old Penny, the strains of fatherhood must be starting to tell – it’s hard work being a dad! Just needs to put a tie on now and she’ll look a real bloke.

  7. onthebus

    She cant even say economy…

    at 1:19 ” the Australian ecomony…”

  8. Rob

    The scary thing is that I really believe Wong et al actually don’t realise how unable they are to address these issues. I don’t think she is trying to waffle, I think she just is incapable of understanding or dealing with it.

    When has Wong ever given a coherent answer to any question?

  9. 2dogs

    “Australia suffered more than any other country during the great depression”

    The technological impact of the motor vehicle (specifically tractors) was more severe in agriculture heavy Australia (1933 29% vs US 25%), but the absence of Keynesianism meant we recovered far more quickly than other countries (1939 11% vs US 17%).

  10. brc

    The question goes to the heart of what politicians do and say. Witness the Krugman scrap over Estonia – they had high unemployment immediately after the market breakdown, but quickly recovered and powered ahead. Those that borrowed and spent money to keep people in employment had lower unemployment rates, but now have malaise-affected economies and widespread un and underemployment, with tons of debt on top.

    If politicians would just give up the fiction that they can ‘do something’ and leave people better off, then we wouldn’t have these problems. IT’s only because they believe in magic puddings that these topics ever get discussed seriously at all.

  11. Lloyd

    Wong is effectively saying that with the stimulus money Australians spent 10.67 million dollars to save 200000 jobs. That works out to $53 per job. Is that believable? (900 is to 1.2 what 8bn is to 10.67m)

    Is saving 200000 jobs worth outlaying $8bn? That’s $40000 per job. Would we have been wiser to let those people lose their jobs to either find other work or go on benefits?

  12. H B Bear

    With that Wong bloke you can’t tell where the incompetence and dissembling ends and the lies begin.

  13. Catfeesh?

    With that Wong bloke you can’t tell where the incompetence and dissembling ends and the lies begin.

    Lucky he’s so hot, eh?

  14. Hanyu

    It’s good to see a Chinese low achiever every now and then. It helps correct the widespread perception that all the sons and daughters of the middle kingdom have innate maths and accounting skills.

  15. Pickles

    One must never underestimate the workings of the fertile Chinese mind..

  16. wreckage

    Hanyu, is it racist to say someone doesn’t conform to stereotype…. when the stereotype is positive?

  17. Helen Armstrong

    Barnaby cooks Annabel a feed

    Thanks Pickles, that was good to watch. ‘Joycie” is a thinker – some insights into people and pollies there.

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