Should Hockey's wealth be an issue?

Bill Shorten has wasted no time in portraying Joe Hockey as a cigar-puffing member of the economic elite, but Labor's array of career politicians hardly represent the struggles of ordinary Australians.

There is a certain clumsiness to Labor's 'cigar-chomping' characterisation of Treasurer Joe Hockey following the widely published photograph of him doing just that with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.

The term is calculated to lump Hockey with privileged economic elites -- the '1 per cent' referred to by protesters in the Occupy movement -- who are out of touch with struggling Australians.

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