2UE - Fairfax Radio Network

What we're talking about

Macklin 'gotcha' on dole question

Posted by: 2UE | 2 January, 2013 - 9:13 AM
Families Minister Jenny Macklin in damage control

Families Minister Jenny Macklin is in damage control after claiming she could live on the dole but having it taken off a transcript.

Her office has blamed a revving car for the question and answer being inaudible - denying the minister was back-tracking.

But Ms Macklin has come out again maintaining she could live on the $35 a day allowance anyway.

Stay up to date on breaking news with 2UE on Twitter  


Welfare groups say Families Minister Jenny Macklin is out of touch as she continues to maintain she could survive on the dole. Ms Macklin is standing by her comments.

John Stanley looks at changes to the welfare system for 2013 and the minister’s comments with Maree O’Halloran, Director of the Welfare Rights Centre.


$328,698 annual cabinet minister's salary

$6321 per week

$903 per day

(Source: Parliamentary remuneration and entitlements, August 17, 2012)


One night at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne, Club Deluxe King room, $575, plus $280 Ladies Pamper Package

Degustation experience at top Melbourne restaurant, Vue de Monde, $250 per person. Matching wines $15-$25 extra per course

1996 Hyundai Sonata GLE with 220,000km, $700 (carsales.com.au)

Zone 1 myki pass valid for 210 days, $903

Melbourne Cricket Club entry membership, $900

Taxi ride from Melbourne to Wagga Wagga, NSW, $880 (Taxi Fare Calculator)

Six family passes to Luna Park Melbourne, $816



Red cross doesn't need your trash

Salvation Army Stores celebrate 125 years

The Salvation Army says it is fed up with people dumping rubbish and unusable donations at its stores. Major Robert Sneller says it's costing the organisation a fortune to dump the unusable donations.

PM sends out New Year's message

Julia Gillard speaks with the media ahead of a leadership battle

Voters are now more optimistic about their living standards in the latest opinion poll, as the Prime Minister vows to focus on the economy in the coming election year in her New Year's message to Australia.

Blog comments Your Say

  • mick, have you been able to prove that the method of measuring the unemployment rate has changed since the days of the Howard Govt. or are just going to talk through your hat, per usual?

    James W Wednesday 9 January, 2013 - 8:11 AM
  • Juliarrrr, they're obviously not failed, as they are still in business, bigger and better than ever.

    James W Tuesday 8 January, 2013 - 4:25 PM
  • Bill, our national debt is equal to 48% of our annual income (the tax take). Btw that tax take is 10% less than it was in Howard's last year of office, when measured as a percentage of GDP. Your claim that our debt is 'massive' is obviously tainted by your unbridled bias. Who here can say, hand on heart, that their company's or personal debt (debt - not the repayments) has never been more than 48% of their annual income?

    James W Tuesday 8 January, 2013 - 4:23 PM
  • Hi James W you conveniently omitted the words FAILED CREDIT "rating agencies" in your highly refutable "facts!! A very common criticism of the Big Three Credit Rating Agencies and one that was highly linked to huge bank failures in 2008, is the dominance the agencies had on the market. As the three agencies held 95% of the market share, there was very little room for competition. Many feel this was a crucial contributor to the toxic economic environment that led to the financial downturn.
    N.B Are you now stupidly saying to borrow even more wasted money?? The Labor fools are already heading for trouble! The so called Big Three credit rating agencies are Standard & Poor's (S&P), Moody's, and Fitch Group. S&P and Moody's are US-based, while Fitch is dual-headquartered in New York City and London, and is controlled by the France-based FIMALAC. Leave it alone stupid!

    JULIARRRR Tuesday 8 January, 2013 - 1:25 PM
  • @JamesW - So do I. Don't you realise that we have the most inept, obstinate, deceitful, foolhardy, hopeless, proven incompetent minority socialist government. The abject mess they have made will take years and damned years to mend. I could not give two hoots how our economy stacks up against the other rubbish dumps that call themselves western countries of this world. I am disgusted at our massive debt and the wanton waste perpetrated by Gillard and comrades. So there.

    Bill T Abrahams Tuesday 8 January, 2013 - 1:15 PM
  • Careful James, your ego is showing.

    David T. Tuesday 8 January, 2013 - 10:25 AM

Post a comment * Mandatory fields