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Joe Hockey on edge that Malcolm Turnbull could replace him as Treasurer

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Treasurer Joe Hockey has brushed off growing speculation he could be replaced by Malcolm Turnbull, saying things get a “little ratty” at the end of the year.

Mr Hockey believes senior ministers are cross with him because he has the “tough task” of looking for new budget savings.

“We’re working on [the mid-year budget update] and these are the sorts of discussions I’m having with colleagues about how they will help deliver savings,” he told reporters in Canberra.

“Some of them aren’t too happy but we’ve got to do what’s right for the nation.

“Towards the end of the year it gets a little ratty for some.”

News Corp has reported there is growing support for Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to take over the treasury portfolio if the Government begins next year the same way it ended 2014.

“Some of them aren’t too happy but we’ve got to do what’s right for the nation.

“Towards the end of the year it gets a little ratty for some.”

News Corp has reported there is growing support for Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to take over the treasury portfolio if the Government begins next year the same way it ended 2014.

But Mr Hockey said he was not worried that his colleagues had given him an ultimatum to improve over the summer.

“Ah, no,” Mr Hockey said.

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“They do that every summer in one form or another in either opposition or government.

“For a decade-and-a-half, treasurers have been able to write out bigger and bigger cheques for their colleagues, someone had to say, ‘Enough, we’ve got to live within our means’.

“It’s fallen on my shoulders.”

Mr Hockey was once regarded as one of the Government’s best salesmen.

But his colleagues have become increasingly frustrated by slip-ups such as his statement about poor people and cars, and comparing the controversial $7 GP co-payment with the cost of beer and cigarettes.

Last night on 7.30, Prime Minister Tony Abbott conceded Mr Hockey had been the target of criticism, but said: “I think Joe is going to be one of the great treasurers because he’s someone who bounces back and that’s what he’s doing now.”

Mr Abbott also entertained the idea of a cabinet reshuffle, with increased speculation over the future of Defence Minister David Johnston.

“At some stage between now and the next election, quite probably, but this is a good frontbench,” he said.

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Henry Sapiecha

December 5th, 2014
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