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    #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."

    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

    Hockey has since come forward today, defending his statements on ABC NewsRadio:

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    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

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