Treasurer Joe Hockey says 'age of personal responsibility has begun'
During his ABC interview, Mr Hockey declared that everyone in
Australia ''must do the heavy lifting now''. If enterprise agreements
fail - as in the case of SPC - the parties involved should not come to
the government ''asking for other taxpayers' money'', he said.
''The age of entitlement is over. The age of personal responsibility has begun,'' he said.
Labor agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon said Mr Joyce's position on drought was ''confused and chaotic''.
''As the drought grows worse, farming families are
understandably frustrated by the mixed messages and tin ears in
Canberra,'' he said in a statement.
Mr Fitzgibbon also said that given the federal government's
''callous disregard for jobs at Holden, SPC or Qantas, Australian
farmers won't be holding their breath for support from this