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Hockey To Balance Dual Tasks Of US Ambassadorship And Finalising 2014 Budget

Former Treasurer Joe Hockey says he is confident he can manage the day-to-day tasks of his new US ambassador role with the rigorous demands of passing the 2014 Federal budget.

Mr Hockey said there was still a lot of work that needed to be done to last year’s budget to get it to some sort of professional standard, but believed he’d be able to find time at nights and weekends to work on it. “It’s a three-year ambassadorial term remember, so expect to see the 2014 budget in shape to pass through Parliament by late 2018, early 2019”.

Mr Hockey will leave with his wife for Washington next week to search for an appropriate investment apartment to claim on expenses.

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