On December 10th, the Hon. Joe Hockey MP and Shadow Treasurer used Google Hangout technology to answer the most popular questions on OurSay. This event was brought to you by Deakin MBA, Sky News and OurSay.
Order of Questions:
4:20 - Education 11:27 - ME 16:18 - Concept of Liberalism 23:40 - Live Exports 31:53 - Marriage Equality
“In a 2002 report the Royal Australasian College of Physicians estimated that ME could affect up to 0.7% of the population or about 160 000 Australians. Despite this, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has only ever funded one major biological project into the illness. Will the coalition require the NHMRC to do more?”
“Mr. Hockey, as a member of the Liberal Party you have fought to protect 'welfare' payments to families earning significantly above the median income, promised to scrap a market based ETS in favour of a government 'pick-a-winner' approach, voted against deregulation in the wheat export industry and voted against legislation to enact gay marriage to name but a few illiberal positions taken. Does your conception of liberalism extend beyond a rather narrow small-government (sans extensive middle class welfare) fixation? If so, what liberalising political, social and civil liberty expanding legislation would a Coalition government pass? ”