The ‘end of the age of entitlement’ doesn’t apply to Murdoch’s empire
Treasurer Joe Hockey pushes an ‘end of the age of entitlement’ in the midst of massive job losses across the country, just as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp gets a tax rebate worth $882m
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theguardian.com, Thursday 20 February 2014 09.21 AEST
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News Corporation accused the Labor government’s of ‘spending profligacy’. Photograph: Noah Berger/AP
Let’s be very clear: when treasurer Joe Hockey announced “the end of the age of entitlement” amidst the threatened closure of the SPC cannery in Shepparton, the withdrawal of Toyota from Australian manufacturing and the planned shutdown of Holden in South Australia, he was not talking about the expectations of corporate Australia. He was declaring an end only to a working-class expectation of basic job security.
Meanwhile, corporate entitlement is flourishing under the Coalition – and there are few better examples of it than Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.