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Joe Hockey circus must end: Liberal

The Age

Thursday February 17, 2011

By MICHELLE GRATTAN

A SENIOR Liberal staffer has claimed many Liberal MPs want a "new shadow treasurer who does not actively attack the party line", and urged a change to Andrew Robb.In a scathing attack on Joe Hockey on the conservative website Menzies House, the anonymous staffer wrote that these MPs wanted "someone who does not seek personal attention at every waking turn; someone who can stay true to Liberal values of small government when formulating policy".The article further stirs tensions in the party, after Mr Robb's ambition to be shadow treasurer has been again in the news.There quickly was pressure on the site, MenziesHouse.com.au, to remove it, which it did yesterday. Among those who said it should come down was right-wing senator Cory Bernardi, who gave money for setting up the site. Senator Bernardi said yesterday that while he still supports the site, he is not associated with it. He said he had expressed concern that the article was anonymous and said "entirely inappropriate things about colleagues".The site said it had confirmed that the author worked as a senior staffer for a member of the shadow ministry.The staff member wrote that Mr Robb would be a "far safer pair of hands" as shadow treasurer than Mr Hockey. Mr Robb was an MP with a proven record of competence, combined with a consistent history of supporting Liberal Party values."We are beyond the point of backbencher despair we are at the point of open revolt. While shadow cabinet can continue to put on a brave face, there can be no denying the panic that is spreading through the ranks as members view the destruction that Hockey is causing."There can be no doubt that there needs to be a mechanism found quickly within the party to replace Hockey as shadow treasurer," the staffer wrote."Enough is enough. The Joe Hockey circus must come to an end . . . Hockey must go and soon."The staffer described Mr Hockey as "far more gaffe prone than anyone else on the frontbench"."If you seek certainties in this life, give Joe Hockey an important task to do and make sure there's a camera crew present. The Liberal Party's press office will be shuddering in front of the Sky news telecast. Because there can be no doubt that Hockey will stick his foot in his mouth."We are the party that gave Australia Peter Costello as our treasurer. We pride ourselves on our economic management. To say to voters that we propose Joe Hockey be the next Liberal treasurer is an incomprehensible fall from grace . . ."The site said the editorial team had decided to remove the article because it unfairly placed suspicion on a very small number of people who were not responsible for it.

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