The hashtag #threewordbudget was trending as the Treasurer handed down his Budget last night – with social media expressing both admiration and outrage.
Don’t get sick #threewordbudget
— Christina Lee (@CLeeBrisbane) May 13, 2014
Many social media users complained that election promises of “no new taxes” had been broken – others were upset about cuts to the ABC, SBS, the arts and welfare.
Some tweeters were too distracted by Julie Bishop’s new haircut to focus on funding cuts. The ABC’s Jonathan Green tweeted “julie bishop’s hair has taken 20% trim. shape of things to come #Budget 2014″.
Have you seen Julie Bishop’s hair? That’s what I call feeling flat after the budget. — Madame Lea (@Lea_Bit) May 13, 2014
Others thought the cuts were fair and to be expected.
Memes were also circulated of a smug-looking Julia Gillard.
— Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) May 13, 2014
The general feeling on Twitter after Joe Hockey’s big reveal? Journalist Joe Hildebrand summed it up:
BUDGET IN A NUTSHELL: If you live in the future you’ll be happy, if you live in the present you’ll be sad. #Budget2014
— Joe Hildebrand (@Joe_Hildebrand) May 13, 2014