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Deals, golf with Trump, and little introspection: Joe Hockey goes to Washington and writes his memoirs

Perhaps unfairly, the image most of us have of Joe Hockey comes from his time as federal Treasurer, when he was photographed smoking a cigar with then Finance Minister Mathias Cormann in the aftermath of the 2014 budget. Hockey tells us that the cuts in that budget were justified, ignoring the inconvenient fact that it broke a number of promises made by Tony Abbott when he won the 2013 election. Review: Diplomatic: A Washington Memoir – Joe Hockey with Leo Shanahan (Harper Collins) Hockey believed he would succeed Abbott, but in an internal coup the party chose Malcolm Turnbull, who had promised...
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Politics with Michelle Grattan: Joe Hockey on Trump, Biden, and the federal election

In this episode, Michelle Grattan speaks with Joe Hockey about his newly-released memoir titled Diplomatic: A Washington Memoir. Hockey, treasurer in the Abbott government and former Australian ambassador to the United States, picked early that Donald Trump had a good prospect of becoming president and reached out to his team, something that went down badly at the time with the foreign affairs bureaucracy back in Canberra. But Hockey says: “Diplomacy is just about human relations. It’s countries dealing on the same basis with each other as human beings. So you’re never going to get on well with someone you...
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