#JoeHockeyFacts Goes Viral After Treasurer's Controversial Comments

"The poorest people either don't have cars or actually don't drive very far in many cases."

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In a radio interview yesterday, Treasurer Joe Hockey sparked outrage over comments he made regarding people below the poverty line.

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Many reacted online, with a mixture of serious and humorous results:

I don't want to brag but I'm just about to go for a drive...in my own car...which according to Joe Hockey means...I'M RIICH BIATCH!!!!

Tommy Little@Tommy_little

I don't want to brag but I'm just about to go for a drive...in my own car...which according to Joe Hockey means...I'M RIICH BIATCH!!!!

9:53 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Joe Hockey: 'I fully identify with the average Australian motorist and so does my driver'.

Tony Martin@mrtonymartin

Joe Hockey: 'I fully identify with the average Australian motorist and so does my driver'.

8:06 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Actually @JoeHockey, the poorest households spend more of their income on petrol than do the richest..

Greg Jericho@GrogsGamut

Actually @JoeHockey, the poorest households spend more of their income on petrol than do the richest..

4:36 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

This morning, #JoeHockeyFacts began trending on Twitter.

Poor people pay less tax because they die earlier from malnutrition #JoeHockeyFacts

Sir Finzensen Esq.@Finzensen

Poor people pay less tax because they die earlier from malnutrition #JoeHockeyFacts

10:56 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Everyone knows that the mining companies are struggling so need a tax cut #JoeHockeyFacts

Meg James@magratj

Everyone knows that the mining companies are struggling so need a tax cut #JoeHockeyFacts

10:46 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Poor people don't live in houses cause they homeless #JoeHockeyFacts

Maxi@LaResistanceWw3

Poor people don't live in houses cause they homeless #JoeHockeyFacts

11:04 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It is certainly not the type of response Hockey had been planning on receiving.

Poor people just love the bus too much #joehockeyfacts

laura@lauraellen12

Poor people just love the bus too much #joehockeyfacts

7:16 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Paid parental leave for the rich is necessary, because they have extra cost burdens like butlers and nannies. #JoeHockeyFacts

Fake Chris Pyne@FakeChrisPyne

Paid parental leave for the rich is necessary, because they have extra cost burdens like butlers and nannies. #JoeHockeyFacts

10:33 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"You can call it a tax, you can call it a levy, you can call it a rabbit". Joe Hockey doesn't know the difference #JoeHockeyFacts

rochelle@__rochellemarie

"You can call it a tax, you can call it a levy, you can call it a rabbit". Joe Hockey doesn't know the difference #JoeHockeyFacts

10:42 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

$7 is not much if you have no income at all. #JoeHockeyFacts #auspol

Brendan Manning@democalypse_now

$7 is not much if you have no income at all. #JoeHockeyFacts #auspol

11:14 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But this is just one of many moments that have cast negative PR on the Treasurer.

Can see you've been doing it tough, @JoeHockey Must be terrible only being able to smoke 1 Cuban cigar at a time:

WillowGhost@TheWillowGhost

Can see you've been doing it tough, @JoeHockey Must be terrible only being able to smoke 1 Cuban cigar at a time:


8:17 PM - 09 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite