Joe Hockey to reporters: Guys, are you 18?

IF you feel a little uncomfortable answering questions about the tampon tax, what do you do?

If you're Treasurer Joe Hockey, you start asking your own very bizarre questions.

The Federal Treasurer was confronted by Sky News journalist James O'Doherty and the ABC journalist Matt Doran as they attempted to "doorstop" Mr Hockey as he was leaving the Radio National studios in the Parliament House press gallery.

When Doran attempted a "quick [question] on the GST", Mr Hockey deflected and focused on the journalist's appearance.

"God you guys, look how young you are, are you eighteen?" Mr Hockey asked.

"Both of you? Are you? Seriously? Get a look at his face, look at this, look at this," Mr Hockey said, urging the cameras to focus on Doran's face.

"I'm 24," Doran responded.

"Are you? I was about to ask [for] your ID," Mr Hockey laughed.

 

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O'Doherty persisted with questions about whether Mr Hockey was considering removing the GST from nappies.

"What's going on? What's going on? I don't know what you guys are up to," Mr Hockey replied.

"Maybe I'm getting old…I  mean I'm taking you seriously," the Treasurer continued before darting down a set of stairs.

Fairfax drew  parallels to Mr Rudd's infamous response to this journalist's question in 2010, the week before he was rolled as prime minister.

When asked why his leadership was in crisis, Mr Rudd deflected attention and commented on the clothing the journalist was wearing.



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