Supercentenarians reason for Medicare reform: Hockey

Treasurer Joe Hockey says changes to Medicare are needed because it was “highly probable a child has been born [today] who will live to be 150”.

Mr Hockey’s claim has been savaged by Opposition leader Bill Shorten who described it as the minister’s “Sarah Palin moment”.

But making his first public comments after a summer break, Mr Hockey said in a radio interview on Monday that budget changes to pensions and health care were essential.

"It is kind of remarkable that somewhere in the world today it is highly probable a child has been