1. Treasurer Joe Hockey took the extraordinary step on Friday afternoon, by making a full, unqualified apology for previously saying “the poorest people don’t drive cars or don’t drive very far.”
It came following two days of growing pressure from some sections of the government who according to Fairfax had grown concerned that Mr Hockey’s comments were hurting the selling of the budget.
There was some on social media who derided the comments (and the accuracy of the claims) with the viral hashtag #JoeHockeyFacts.
He told 2GB Radio the comments were “obviously insensitive” and that “I am sorry about the interpretation. I am sorry about the words.”