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Joe Hockey: Wayne Swan bullies me about my weight

Posted by: Ellen Feely | 7 December, 2012 - 10:15 AM
Joe Hockey

Federal Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has told Neil Mitchell he has been the subject of bullying about his weight by Treasurer Wayne Swan.

"I'm still bullied in parliament. Wayne Swan has a go at me for being fat," he said.

Mr Hockey declined to elaborate on the comments which had been made about his appearance, saying they were ‘not even worth repeating’.

During a discussion with Workplace Relations & Employment Minister Bill Shorten on whether primary school students should have their weight recorded by teachers in school reports, Mr Hockey said it was up to individuals to take responsibility for their weight.

"We've got too much of a sedentary lifestyle. (There is) this temptation to eat processed food when you're on the run," Mr Hockey said.

"I think we've all got to take more responsibility, and I'm trying to do that at the moment."

Labor Minister Bill Shorten said a person’s body shape was irrelevant to the job they perform.

"I have no doubt that people who are overweight are conscious of that. But I also know that there's a million reasons why," he said.

"It doesn't matter if you're overweight or not, you want to be fitter and healthier... I just think the way to achieve that is to encourage people, not to belittle them."

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  • News Flash. Joe Hockey is a fat man who had so little willpower that he resorts to lap band surgery to counteract his love for pies and sticky buns. Them's dah facts.

    mylene Thursday 7 February, 2013 - 10:23 AM
  • An UN-educated person will always hit out with sarcasism because Gillard doesn't know any better..IF Joe Hockey had of said she over-dozed on the christmas cake and the botox over the holidays,Gillard would crying her eys out Demanding an appology... GROW up GILLARD, there is no room for your dirty little snide remarks, when your whole pary is in total destruction

    ALEX Wednesday 6 February, 2013 - 11:31 AM
  • C'mon Joe, harden up. Isnt it you and your party cronies that want workers to be bullied everyday. I mean thats what workchoices was? or still is? Is it not.

    Dino Friday 18 January, 2013 - 4:04 PM
  • Well Joe l think you are more handsome than Wayne Swann and more cuddly to not only that you talk more sense than swann does. Keep up the good job.

    Linda Wednesday 26 December, 2012 - 5:22 PM
  • You ALP cheerleaders should be ashamed of yourselves.You take a simple comment or statement and turn it into an obscene attack on an individual because they don't agree with your left promise anything and do nothing policies.As for 3AW maybe you should monitor your comments section a bit better some of them are vile and immature.You may have a mature debate on the air but in your comment section it is nasty hateful and disgusting.

    Mark Saturday 22 December, 2012 - 2:02 AM
  • I tell you what Joe get your wife to go on TV like big wicked iron man tony wony did and get her to fight the naughty warty Labor monster for you. Aaaaaaaaaaaah shame .

    Ken Monday 17 December, 2012 - 8:48 PM

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