Blunder makes budget task even harder

By James Massola
Updated August 28 2014 - 12:33am, first published August 16 2014 - 12:07am

Joe Hockey's extraordinary, grovelling apology is a measure of just how seriously his Wednesday gaffe suggesting the ''poorest people either don't have cars or actually don't drive very far'' was viewed in the highest reaches of the Abbott government.

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