Is Joe kidding?

He sounds like some crazy mixed up Keynesian/trade unionist?  The PPL should be welcomed by regional Australia because ordinary taxpayers are going to hand money over to new mothers living in regional Australia and that is somehow good for the regions?

Why bother with the PPL, Joe?  Why don’t you just write some blank cheques to random folk living in the regions.  Do you honestly think that the PPL will do anything for female labour force participation in the regions?

By the way, the scope for rorting of this scheme is very high for the self-employed/family trusts.  Why not just tell the ATO that the pregnant Ma Kettle has been doing all the work, pay her $100, 000 per year and when the little Kettle arrives, a cheque for $50,000 courtesy of the Australian taxpayer will be winging in the direction of the Kettle farm?

Here is the piece from cloth-capped Hockey:

The Treasurer said the government’s $5.5 billion scheme was a “no-brainer” for regional Australia, and that mums on low and middle incomes would be the biggest winners.

“It is a massive win for farmers who don’t have paid parental leave schemes,” Mr Hockey said in Sydney.

“Farmers are self-employed and for a lot of the mums in a farming household, they don’t get paid parental leave, and now they’re going to have replacement wages and superannuation.

“It is a no-brainer for regional Australia and it’s a no-brainer for middle and lower income Australians to have full replacement wages, particularly when the bills keep coming in.”

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36 Responses to Is Joe kidding?

  1. Rabz

    It is a massive win for farmers who don’t have paid parental leave scheme

    This is so stupid, it hurts.

  2. Gab

    Wayne Swan MkII, come on downnnnn.

  3. twostix

    “It is a no-brainer for regional Australia and it’s a no-brainer for middle and lower income Australians to have full replacement wages, particularly when the bills keep coming in.”

    So before we even have the PPL it’s already being re-positioned as welfare by the government. A $50,000 welfare payment for having a baby.

    What a country.

  4. so now we know.

    They’ll break their promise not to increase taxes, their promise not to change the pension, their promise to repeal 18c; they raised taxes on cigarettes, appointed a left-wing ex politician to a plumb job, rejected numerous recommendations of the commission of audit as politically impossible, are “committed” to the renewable energy target that keeps electricity prices high, and have promised to keep the nation in deficit for the life of this term of government…..

    ….but they’ll die in a ditch for the parental leave scheme.

  5. Actually, the entire scheme is a no-brainer.

    Always has been.

    So Joe’s right, there.

  6. twostix

    I still haven’t heard how they’re going to force young mothers to go back to work.

  7. TerjeP

    ….but they’ll die in a ditch for the parental leave scheme.

    Why is anybody surprised? If you believe in smaller government then the Liberal Party is not your friend. If you can’t see this and won’t be told then you are also part of the problem.

  8. twostix

    Or, conversely how they’re going to prevent young mothers from pocketing the money then going straight back to work anyway.

    Will they fine them? Throw them in gaol if they don’t pay? Garnish their wages?

  9. A song for our yokels times.

    Perhaps this should be sung at the beginning of each session of Parliament.

  10. Farmer Gez

    I don’t agree with the PPL at all but enough with the Ma & Pa Kettle routine when referring to regional folk.

  11. incoherent rambler

    but enough with the Ma & Pa Kettle routine

    Put up with it!
    Joe’s going to give you some of my money, just vote for him. OK?

  12. Rudiau

    If you can’t see this and won’t be told then you are also part of the problem.

    Oh, I’ve been told and I’m not part of the problem (anymore).

  13. Infidel Tiger

    How about tax cut instead, fatboy slim?

  14. Infidel Tiger

    The Liberal Party – dying in a ditch for a big government since 1944.

  15. I am the Walrus, Koo Koo K'Choo

    So Joe Hockey is a big government numpty.

    Well, bugger me. Whod’a thunk it??

  16. tomix

    If this scheme gets up, they’ll all be The Beverly Hillbillies.

  17. Rudiau

    I think a little research is in order to maintain da equallady.

  18. Farmer Gez

    Sorry Incoherent Rambler but I am no longer at stud so little chance of breeding money.

  19. Roger

    Farmers are self-employed and for a lot of the mums in a farming household, they don’t get paid parental leave, and now they’re going to have replacement wages and superannuation.
    Memo to Joe: a lot of mums in farming households don’t draw “a wage”, so how are they going to qualify for the PPL in the first place? Not that it’s a good idea to begin with… Anyway, it looks like it won’t get through the senate thanks to some Coalition senators with nous.

  20. gabrianga

    The buck stops with the Minister but how much of this was pre-ordained by the “Rudd Team” in Treasury?

    Perhaps Secretary Parkinson was briefing on his success to Palmer and Lord Wentworth over a bowl of rice before fleeing out the back door of the Chinese restaurant?

  21. tomix

    So if half a dozen ALP Senators don’t show up for the vote, Abbott will have got his signature policy up with Greens support over the wishes of some of his powerful backbenchers?

  22. Token

    FFS, each time the Labor-Lite party starts parroting the brain-dead language of the real Labor Party, they come off looking really dodgy.

    Great work Joe, all this does is reinforce the negative stereotype of the Liberal Party.

  23. egg_

    Joe ‘Palmer’ the farmer, flogging a dead horse.

  24. Senile Old Guy

    The only “no-brainer” here is Joe Hockey.

  25. Walter Plinge

    Actually, the entire scheme is a no-brainer.
    Always has been.
    So Joe’s right, there.

    You beat me to it Philipa. Exactly what I was thinking.

  26. egg_

    Actually, the entire scheme is a no-brainer.

    Joe’s speciality?

  27. Frederic

    , pay her $100, 000 per year

    Well anyone sensible has probably been doing that anyway if it is an option.

  28. Yohan

    I wish I had kept a quote record of Joe’s dumb Keynesianism’s during his 4 years as shadow treasurer.
    We hoped it was just typical opposition talk but sometimes what you see is what you get.

  29. grumpy

    Won’t be farmers rorting the scheme. Watch how many medical and legal specialists will put their wife on staff about 10 months before they take some time off. They may even come back to “work” for the minimum qualifying time too.

  30. Alfonso

    And the “Liberal” Party followers are gasping in disbelief that Wet Joe wants to give some other mendicant or other their money from their work product.

    The Liberal elite can’t believe they keep getting away with it, that they keep getting elected by the Rotarian bogan Party faithful.

  31. James B

    Why do we want female labour force participation?

    It’s not PC to say it, but someone has to question the very basis of this whole thing.

    Women belong in the home. Since the rise of feminism, since we’ve started expecting women to work and get careers, our birth rate has plummeted, and we’ve grown to rely on immigration of mostly brown people to fill the void. Is that really a good thing?

  32. Andrew

    Yes, the next sheila I knock up is going to find herself very busily engaged as a principal consultant in my private company, earning $100,000. For at least 6 months. She will then return to work for at least 6 more months after the baby is born. At least if I’m going to pay child support, Hockey666 will be kicking the can for it.

  33. tomix

    It is for the decision makers. They don’t have to live next door to the brown people.

  34. Max

    and we’ve grown to rely on immigration of mostly brown people to fill the void. Is that really a good thing?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_sGn6PdmIo

    Thomas Sowell Dismantles Feminism and Racialism in under 5 mins

  35. rickw

    Any farmers wife worth her salt who is on PPL will be out driving the tractor.

  36. Rob MW

    Philippa Martyr

    “A song for our yokels times.

    Perhaps this should be sung at the beginning of each session of Parliament.”

    Careful Philippa, some of us could get offended.

    They could just as well sing this at the beginning of each session of parliament.

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