News

Coalition 'fears policy theft'

Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey.
Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey. Lauren Reed

SHADOW treasurer Joe Hockey says the Coalition will be reluctant to unveil any savings measures in the wake of Tuesday night's Federal Budget for fear of policy theft.

Mr Hockey , speaking ahead of Treasurer Wayne Swan handing down his fifth Budget, mockingly said Labor had "no respect for intellectual property".

"The problem is, every time we announce a savings measure, the government steals it," Mr Hockey told reporters in Canberra on Monday.

"So frankly, I'm not going to do the heavy lifting for the government when it comes to savings."

The Coalition has been attempting in the lead-up to the Budget to convince voters that Labor will need to cook the books to deliver a forecast surplus.

On that front Mr Hockey was on message.

"Tomorrow night we just want the Treasurer to tell the truth," he said.

"Tomorrow night we want the Treasurer to give the full, unfiltered picture about the budget.

"He'll promise a surplus ... that will never be delivered.

"The challenge for the Treasurer is to stop the spin, stop fudging the figures and give a real assessment of the state of the budget."

Mr Hockey said the Gillard government had been sending mixed messages as budget speculation builds.

"Wayne Swan doesn't know if he is Santa Claus or the Christmas Grinch," Mr Hockey said.

"On the one hand the government's making large announcements, handing out money, and on the other hand, they're talking about tough cut backs."

Topics:  federal budget 2012 joe hockey



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Entries needed for sheep dog trials at Warwick Show

Rhonda Bradbery, of Brisbane, and Zec in a sheep dog trial at Karara late last year.

Plenty of action planned on day 1 of the show

Killarney show patrons praised for behaviour

Police were happy with show behaviour

No positives in more than 110 random breath tests at Killarney

Vehicle found in the river at Goondiwindi

Police are investigating

Vehicle allegedly stolen found in the Macintyre River

Local Partners

Fancy dress tea party stirs up the past

EVER wanted to dress up in 19th century attire and don tails and a top hat or an ankle-sweeping dress with a petticoat and corset?


REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Collegians to kick off footy season next week

Collegians coaches (from left) Deb Scanlan, Garth Miller, Ben Brownlie, Matt Collins (U9 assistant), David Hallman, Kerry Scanlan, Josh Williams, Bob Bell, Craig Frattini and Scott Morton.

Plenty of experience in Collegians coaching ranks

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Buskers descend on Stanthorpe for championships

Kenny Slide performs at the National Busking Championships South East Queensland event in Stanthorpe on Saturday, February 25.

All manner of music has filled the streets of Stanthorpe.

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!