Treasurer Scott Morrison off to a flabby start

Scott Morrison appeared on 7.30 for his first media interview since becoming treasurer exhorting people to “work, save and invest.”

So much for no more thee word slogans!

He also wants to ensure that “work is a better opportunity than welfare”.

Asked whether he agreed with his predecessor, Joe Hockey, that Australians had an entitlement mentality, he said: “I think the system continues to encourage it.”

This is code for making unemployment benefits so difficult that people will accept any work, Even working at 7-Eleven.

And then in a statement of unbelievable political and economic naivete, he said “I think we’ve got a spending problem not a revenue problem.”

This is code for cutting expenditure and not addressing the problem of the taxation system.

And if you’re going to cut expenditure, it’s a big ticket items like health education welfare and pensions which is exactly what was done in the 2014 budget.

No mention of reining in the tax concessions on negative gearing or super concessions to the super rich.

In a comprehensive return to the “Have a go” rhetoric of the previous prime minister and treasurer after 2015 budget, he said “You’ll only throw up the shutters and say, ‘let’s go for it’

The Treasurer: looks like we might have swapped Tweedledum for Tweedledee

The Treasurer: looks like we might have swapped Tweedledum for Tweedledee

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