Greens deputy leader challenges Macklin to live on dole
When asked: "Could you live off the dole?", Ms Macklin told reporters at the Mercy Hospital in Melbourne: "I could".
The National Welfare Rights Network immediately challenged the minister to prove it.
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The minister's claim that she could survive on the dole is at odds with statements by her own ministerial colleagues and puts her under pressure to prove it.
The sensitivity of the remark became clear when a ministerial transcript issued just hours after the event described as "inaudible" the reporters question and the crucial first part of Ms Macklin's reply. Last night, her office claimed its recording had been affected by a revving car.
The last MP from a major party to put such a claim to the test was National Party MP Stephen Lusher who in 1984 had to concede after a week living on the dole that it couldn't be cut.
Three parliamentary inquiries, the OECD, the Business Council of Australia, former Treasury Secretary Ken Henry and even Employment Minister Bill Shorten admit the dole is inadequate.
A spokeswoman for Ms Macklin yesterday accepted full responsibility for the transcript ommission.
The minister's press conference was taped by the spokeswoman on a smart phone and she said a vehicle carrying a camera crew turned up as the press conference was under way, revving its engine.
"It was me trying to transcribe it quickly and get it out using a tape that was not good, I wish I had relistened to it," the spokeswoman said.
"Her comments are a matter of record and were recorded by a number of television stations,' she said.
The transcript issued by the minister's office lists one journalist's question as inaudible and the minister's remarks on the dole and two questions after the remark as inaudible. Video footage is crystal clear.
The dole stumble occurred as the minister was trying to publicise another government change that saw fathers of newborn babies eligible to receive up to $1200 in Dad and Partner Pay from January 1.
The cost of prescription medicine also rose on January 1 by 70 cents a script for general patients who will now have to pay $36.10 per script, up from $35.40.
heraldsun.com.au 2 Jan 2012
Government lies or rather false/fraudulent information is somewhat the normality, which people are fed and 'accept'.
Macklin, another caught out minister with no repercussion whatsoever.
What is even more disturbing is the in official government transcripts, the comment has been edit out.
What else does the government blatantly lie to the illiterate masses?