Why Hockey's safe to debate pensions

As a mass of affluent, Coalition-voting boomers heads into retirement, Joe Hockey is gambling that his plans to raise the pension age will receive little resistance.

In 2011, Time magazine reported on a python in the Everglades that had swallowed a 34-kilogram deer. While the unlucky ruminant produced a painful-looking bulge in the serpent, there was no suggestion it would not be digested.

Another bulge has been filling the front pages over the past couple of days: the demographic bulge that Treasurer Hockey has noticed moving through the Australian population.

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