Budget Back In Surplus As Jenny Macklin Takes Massive Pay Cut

Jenny Macklin satire

Families Minister Jenny Macklin’s generous offer to cut her pay from $6,321 a week to just $246 a week has provided Treasurer Wayne Swan with an unlikely political gift before the start of the new Parliamentary year.

The massive spending cut will allow Mr Swan to bring the budget into surplus again by the end of the financial year – a feat which seemed unlikely given the worsening state of the economy. This morning Mr Swan said, “There’s no way I could live on $35 a day – I spend more than that on Bruce Springsteen records. But in 2013 this Labor government is about being true to its word, so I thank Jenny for her unselfish contribution in these tough economic times”.

In a statement released by the Minister’s office Ms Macklin said, “Well, isn’t this just [inaudible] brilliant”.

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    Vacy Vlazna

    January 2, 2013 at 8:27 am

    As she can do it, all parliamentarians can! That’ll cheer Swannie up.

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    January 5, 2013 at 7:25 am

    no she needs to be real about it…. she said she could “live” on it…. make her do that, not just for a week. Make it real, she has no access to her bank accounts, she has to pay real rent, she has to attend a centrelink meeting, she has to buy groceries for a family of 4, she has to buy school needs for 2 children, attend at least one doctors appointment, pay an electricity account, phone account, rego, car service. All the day to day things a normal family has to do. Lets see her do this for at least 4 months….. then see if she thinks its so bloody easy.

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    January 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Pity she couldn’t get her Bruce Springsteen records….

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