Joe Hockey comment on poor causes outcry
Treasurer Joe Hockey has been criticised for dismissing low-income workers while claiming high-income people would bear the brunt of the government’s increase in the fuel tax. “The poorest people either don’t have cars or actually don’t drive very far in many cases,” he said. Labor Leader Bill Shorten has accused Mr Hockey of being the “cigar-chomping, Foghorn Leghorn of Australian politics”.
NSW Premier Mike Baird proposing crowd-sourcing traffic problems
Mike Baird has introduced The Premiers Innovation Initiative which will take suggestions from the public and private sectors on how to reduce traffic build-ups in Sydney. It will be taking submissions next month. The initiative will also take suggestions on how to finance public housing and to improve government open-data service delivery.
Over 10 million Qantas frequent flyer members
Qantas is providing the option for frequent flyer points to be earned at a new “online mall”. This can be done through online purchases at stores such as Apple and eBay. The Qantas loyalty scheme continues to grow in numbers at a time when the aircraft industry is struggling with profitability. – Compiled from web sources by Brian Ennew
Top photo from Joe Hockey’s Twitter page.