In the dying days of the 2007 election campaign, when the Liberals were thrashing around helplessly awaiting inevitable defeat, Tony Abbott gave an interview which he quickly came to regret.

No need to stand…Warren Brown in The Tele.

The then Health Minister sat down with News Limited press gallery journalist Steve Lewis and offered his account of what a Rudd Labor Government would look like. It included an unflattering appraisal of the personal attributes the would-be Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard would bring to the nation’s political leadership.

Abbott made the loaded, nudge-nudge-wink-wink observation that Ms Gillard was a “one-dimensional political animal” who would struggle to relate to ordinary mums and dads.

Lewis contacted Gillard to relay what Abbott had said and seek her response. Gillard was furious and told Lewis as much. She regarded it as a pointed attempt by Abbott to generate fresh election-eve scrutiny of her status as an unmarried and childless “career woman”, to use that quaint old term. It’s a sledge which found its most rugged expression courtesy of Liberal Party hard man Bill Heffernan who infamously described Gillard as “barren by choice” and even chipped her for not having any fruit in her fruit bowl at her spectacularly modest Altona home, as if non-possession of the Martha Stewart homemaker gene rendered her unfit for public office.

When Abbott learned of the offence he had caused with his remark, he told Steve Lewis that he wanted it cut from the interview ahead of publication. “I know I said it, but I’m now unsaying it,” Abbott told Lewis, even ringing newspaper editors to have the quote removed. You’ve got to give him marks for trying. But as a former journalist with The Bulletin magazine, Abbott should have known that interviews, like life, do not come with a rewind button, and the statement was published, as it properly should have been.

Now that she has become prime minister, Julia Gillard’s personal arrangements have again become the subject of public debate. There’s nothing wrong with that – and to her credit, Julia Gillard doesn’t think there is anything wrong with that. The public has every right to know what type of person they are electing (or not electing) to govern their lives, and Gillard has the confidence and the candour to deal with the questions as they come her way.

But having said that, there can be no doubt that some of the criticisms she has faced reflect an insecurity – a fairly pathetic male insecurity – about the way in which women should or shouldn’t behave.
The comments made by Heffernan about her choosing to be “barren” – horrible word that it is in any context – suggest that women have failed in their role in life if they refuse to have kids when able to do so.

There’s also a sense that women are somehow less than complete if they choose not to get married, or that they’re even a little bit dangerous when, as has been the case in Gillard’s adult life, they have a few different partners over the years, but still never quite manage to walk down the aisle.

A lot of blokes are probably a bit intimidated by the idea that a woman can be so self-contained, and derive so much satisfaction from her job, that she has neither the time nor inclination to stay at home rearranging the contents of the fruit bowl or getting all giddy flicking through copies of Bride To Be and fantasising about her special day.


But regardless of whether such sentiments are logical or fair, they will still be an issue for Julia Gillard now that she has realised the greatest ambition of her working life. The ability of a politician to relate to other people – the very point Abbott was trying to make in his comments to Steve Lewis – is held in great store by the voting public. Talk to any parent about issues such as child abuse, or neighbourhood crime, or the cost of childcare, any issue which could affect the welfare of their own kids, and you tend to get a more impassioned and emphatic reaction than you do from adults who do not have children. The challenge for Gillard is to show that she is tapped into the mainstream even if she’s not statistically part of it – which in the year 2010 she is under no obligation to be.

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    • John A Neve says:

      07:23am | 04/07/10

      I believe any politician who attacks a persons sexuality or marital status, is “barren” themselves.
      Sadly, some on the conservative side of politics appear very “barren”  when it comes to ideas or logic.
      Until we divest ourselves of this two party antagonistic style of government, this great country will only stagnate.

    • Wayne Fehlhaber says:

      05:47pm | 04/07/10

      John , the writer is really struggling here , digging up a 3 year old comment in an effort to find a base for a story line , but i notice he did not fail to get through to you . Your response was John Neve typical .
      Personally , i don’t give two hoots if she has two heads and crossed eyes .  Just as weeny says (see below ) i’d rather the P.M. stops admiring her self and start doing something for ” this great country “
      The BER school buildings rip-off would be a great start , particularly as it’s a mess of her own creative talents . Millions in taxpayers money is still going down the gurgler while she primps and preens in the adoration of a bunch of fools from the media. Talk about a mutual admiration society.  !

    • John A Neve says:

      05:22am | 05/07/10

      Wayne,

      It is really sad, but there are those, like yourself, who cannot see past their own biased party political views.
      Just once Wayne, try standing back and looking at the whole sad picture that is Australian politics.
      If those like you, spent as much time looking for solutions to this countries woes, as you do looking for ways to belittle an opposing political viewpoint, this would be the great country it could be.

    • weeny says:

      07:47am | 04/07/10

      For crying out loud -  who cares what she wears,how her hair is done up and if she has children or not.  Will someone ask her some questions about her economic credentials.  Why she wasted 5 billion dollars on BER.  What and when is she going to do about the ETS. Boat People.  What are her plans for the future of Australia if she gets reelected as P.M.  What are her plans with the unions who installed her in the top job.  What about her winding industrial relations back 20 years.
      Do some serious journalism ask her some real questions get over this love fest of her being a female.

    • joe says:

      10:04am | 04/07/10

      It appears to be the progressives who keep bringing up this issue of no family, about how we shouldn’t talk about this issue - so lets talk about it some more, is what they do.

      If progressives say gender and no family isn’t an issue then lets cut to how she has really performed (BER failure) and what she actually stands for, and what she has done in her life.  I look forward to these articles on the punch,

    • Steve Putnam says:

      10:15am | 04/07/10

      “wasted 5 billion on BER” You’re disappointed naturally that this money didn’t go, as it did under the Liberals, to some wealthy private schools for essential things like swimming pools, indoor basketball courts and rifle ranges, but you should consider the economic stimulus this gave the country. According to Aust bureau stats figures public sector spending accounted for 1.9% of GDP growth—more than nine times the contribution of the mining sector. I know of several apprentices who are now tradesmen, who back in 2008, were without work when the jobsite they were working on was finished. Back then there was serious panic in the construction sector; the surest sign of this was the way people were madly undercutting each other to the point that you couldn’t see where they were getting a margin on work they had quoted.
      Maybe you could tell me what Tony Abbott’s plans for the country are because he’s told us nothing in his rants beyond advising us to take him seriously only when he’s made a scripted remark.

    • Tedd says:

      10:24am | 04/07/10

      I want to know by what reasoning is an ETS in Australia beneficial to Australia or the region and not just tokenism

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      01:15pm | 04/07/10

      Until Liberals can explain why they are blocking the scrapping of the Medicare Dental scheme which has shown to have a significant number of anomalies (read “rorts”), a scheme that was introduced by Tony Abbott, himself, they have no moral high ground to talk about the BER….

    • Christian Real says:

      02:25pm | 04/07/10

      Weeny,
      I wish the journalists would do some serious journalism and ask Tony Abbott, why he is still Leader of the Liberal opposition party when he should have stood down and resigned from the leadership like the Liberal party forced Joel Fitzgibbon too, when Joel failed to declare his overseas trips on the MP’s pecuniary interests register.
      A news story from News.com.au reads, “Tony Abbott’s secret $710,000 loan”, written by Simon benson, from the Daily Telegraph, on June 23, 2010 @ 12.00AM.
      “Opposition Leader Tony Abbott took out a new $710,000 mortgage on his family home shortly after going into Opposition,partly to help fund his family expenses after losing his ministerial salary.”
      “But in what appears to be a breach of the parliamentary rules covering MP’s pecuniary interests,he failed to declare the loans to Parliament for almost two years.”
      “Parliament requires all MPs to register any changes of interests,benefits or liabilities within 28 days”
      * Weeny, how could Tony Abbott forget that he had taken out a $710,000 mortgage for almost two years, it seems as though he deliberately breached the Parliamentary rules , or if he is so forgetful perhaps that he is not the person who should be running as an alternative Prime Minister.

    • Wayne Fehlhaber says:

      07:47am | 05/07/10

      Steve Putnam :  The only reason that the G.F.C. had little effect on the Australian economy was because the Howard/Costello government handed Labor an strong economy and a large budget surplus.
      The problem facing Australia now is returning the country from near bankruptcy to where it was when the Coalition left office. $900 cheques to the living and the dead , the tragic roofing insulation fiasco and the continuing BER school buildings rip-off , all signed off on by Gilllard have bled the nation’s coffers dry.

    • iansand says:

      08:15am | 05/07/10

      Or maybe, Wayne, it was a bit of both.  I think 93.2% of those people who have put a moment’s thought into the matter would come to that conclusion.

      Your spectacular level of partisanship does your cause no favours.  Dare I say it - you look like a goose.

    • Wayne Fehlhaber says:

      09:14am | 05/07/10

      Iansand :  What i see is a repeat of the Whitlam devastation of an economy by this Labor government , if that is what you label as ” a spectacular level of partisanship ”  then i will willingly ” look like a goose “.  I could just as easily say the same to you because you are closing your eyes to the damage under the Rudd/Gillard govt , which is why the electorate was about to remove Labor from office , and which prompted the Unions to dump Rudd . Now *thats * a spectacular level of partisanship Ian . Dare i say -  ................................................

    • iansand says:

      09:50am | 05/07/10

      Oh god.  The Whitlam bogeyman.  Rationality has left the building.  Again. 

      I don’t vote for any of the majors, but when I see Liberal fear campaigns I am less than whelmed.  Appeal to my mind, not my viscera.

    • Wayne Fehlhaber says:

      06:08pm | 05/07/10

      Iansand :  ”  Appeal to my mind , not my viscera. ”    Heh heh heh ‘
      Ian , there seems to be no one home at the top , so maybe better to seek another convert because there’s a lack of guts as well.

    • HarlequinBeetle says:

      08:02am | 04/07/10

      Maybe I speak for all Australians, or, maybe not.  I want the best person for our Prime Minister.  This is irrespective of gender, sexuality, issue or education.  Intelligence and commonsensense are the two characteristics that I look for.  Now Julie Gillard is our Prime Minister…and I am delighted by her forthright manner, her lack of emotional adjectives in her rhetoric, and of course her smile!

    • Steve_of_Cornubia says:

      09:08am | 04/07/10

      Ummmm, so you want intelligence and commensensese (sic), gender is not important to you, yet you are “delighted by her smile”.

      Spot the mistake?

    • Seano says:

      08:40pm | 04/07/10

      What Steve you can’t have intelligence, common sense and a nice smile?

      Oh hang on, you support Abbott, I see the problem.

    • Raine says:

      10:38pm | 04/07/10

      I agree with you Beetle guy. Gillard has all the prerequisites for a great Australian PM. She has some intelligence, a bit of commonsense and a good smile. But she also has something more important (but sadly lacking in Rudd)….. a good dose of treachery that is equal in magnitude to that of M C Brutus of 44BC. It is the latter quality that has given her the ticket to ascension. When/if she wins the forthcoming election, it will be a further endorsement for treachery.  Hail treachery! Hail Brutus!

    • stevie says:

      08:14am | 04/07/10

      I would be more concerned at her conniving, manipulative behaviour than whether she has children or not. She just cannot be pinned down on any fact. I for one want to see the Treasury modelling of the new mining tax ASAP and she should instruct Treasury to make that available immediately to the Greens.

    • marley says:

      09:51am | 04/07/10

      I quite agree. Now, could we have the Greens’ economic modelling for their policies as well?

    • Seano says:

      08:43pm | 04/07/10

      Where Tony Abbott openly admits he lies through his teeth and only can be trusted on scripted comments.

    • Ryan says:

      05:03pm | 05/07/10

      @Seano: I would rather someone who tells me to my face than someone who is a lying conniving scum bag with no morals and the ability to stab me (or their mother) in the back without so much as a blink of an eye.

    • T.Chong says:

      08:50am | 04/07/10

      More evidence of what type of character Abbott has - slags off, then wants to pretend it didnt happen, then rings editors , trying to stop his comments being reported. What a noble way to act.
      Disagree about “male “insecurities Penbo.  Plenty of men support Gillard, where as here, youll find plenty of women who wont support Gillard.
      Gender based divisions is very lazy jornalism.

    • Gregg says:

      12:28pm | 04/07/10

      Oh Chongy, those insecurities are showing again!

    • hot tub political machine says:

      05:22pm | 05/07/10

      Ah yes T Chong, but by putting in Gender based divisions the article might get more hits.

    • Jason says:

      09:14am | 04/07/10

      Lets not judge her on gender, whether she’s single, has kids, barracks for the Western Bulldogs or has a Humphrey B Bear photo in her office.

      I want to see clear policies leading up to an election, not the usual spin we’re already seeing.  To steal one of your phrases Julia “The government lost it’s direction and needs to get back on track.”  Well nearly every minister during this time Julia, remains in place.

      At this early stage we can only judge you on one thing and that’s your handling of the mining tax.  This wasn’t a new policy, but only cleaning up after Swan and Rudd.  It’s hardly a new ground breaking policy initiative.

      I await with interest your asylum seekers solution and new policy shift.

      From your interview with Laurie Oakes last Sunday:

      LO: It’s fair to say as Shadow Minister after the 2001 Tampa election, the shadow Immigration Minister, you actually were the substantive author of the policies which Kevin Rudd’s government adopted. Is that fair?

      JG: I was the substantive author of a policy paper which became Labour’s policy, it was called “Protecting Australia, Protecting the Australian Way”.

      LO: And it was adopted in government.

      JG: It was adopted by the then Labour Opposition, obviously my successors in the portfolio put some of their own stamps on this and we brought that policy into government.

      Hmmmmmmm already shifting the blame game to ‘your successors in that portfolio’..... Can you name these successors as I thought Kevin made EVERY decision when he was in charge?

    • Roger says:

      09:24am | 04/07/10

      No issues with her unkempt house or her perfectly coiffured hair.

      I do find it a bit ironic that all across the country there are people with a domestic partner who is a male hairdresser who would like to get married and cannot.  And she choses not to get married to hers.

      Bit unfair me thinks.

    • Joe says:

      09:44am | 04/07/10

      The fact that Gillard has devoted her life to political power at all costs to the effect of having no family life outside politics shows how one sided she is. Is this realy the type of person we want as politician? 
      Gillard is setting the bar so high that only those who have foregone family life and can devote 24/7 to working the party machine can obtain power is Australia. As for her being out of touch…

    • Noel says:

      12:23pm | 04/07/10

      Interesting article, the point being?.. Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode ‘not that there’s anything wrong with being gay (childless)’

    • Jack says:

      02:00pm | 04/07/10

      “devoted her life to political power at all costs”

      “no family life outside politics”

      “how one sided she is”

      Sounds like most successful men but I suspect JG has a far better and more ‘balanced’ grip on life and its complexities than you Joe.


    • WayneT says:

      04:53pm | 04/07/10

      Exactly Joe.  It sets a bad example to women who want to get ahead, by saying that in order to achieve greatness you have to forgo family life.  It does a great disservice to those women out there who have managed to balance their careers and made room in their lives to raising a family.  You need look no further than the former Prime Ministers wife Terese, who managed to balance her work, family and a politician husband all at the same time.

    • Peter says:

      03:52pm | 05/07/10

      I’ve had no kids yet Joe, nothing to do with me being onesided or selfish or whatever, and i still consider myself 100% the family man. Just circumstances to date have dictated no kids. Hopefully that changes soon…

      Let’s no crucify people on their status of marriage or kids. Gillard should only be judged on the job she does, nothing more, nothing less..

      These are personal issues for Gillard which shouldn’t be getting much air-time if you ask me…

    • Vince says:

      11:42am | 04/07/10

      This new obsession with the Julia Gillard take over and the “sudden sprint” to fix up all their policies to show what a “super woman” she really is, is already wearing thin with me! 2.5 years Governing and then to turn around and say “we didn’t know what we were doing” but a few weeks out from an election to try and fix all the mistakes they’ve made so they can now look like a credible Government has got to be some sort of a joke surely!

    • Anjuli says:

      12:25pm | 04/07/10

      @ Steve Putnam. Private schools did get some of the stimulus as I saw Saturday driving past a Carey College they have a board which states a stimulus plan project.

    • Aitch B says:

      06:40am | 05/07/10

      @Anjuli:

      Quite right. Private schools were included in the BER - the difference being that they managed the projects themselves and received value for money. Government schools were forced to have their projects put through State government machinations and this is where the ‘money for jam’ rorts germinated. Tens of millions of dollars thrown at so-called ‘consultants’, ‘project managers’, ‘construction analysts’ and the like which added to the already inflated costs.

    • Steve Putnam says:

      10:20am | 05/07/10

      I’m not saying they didn’t. Nor am I saying that they shouldn’t. The difference is that under the Liberals they were grossly over funded to the exclusion of the public sector. The tertiary education sector received less public money than wealthy private schools which was just plain bad business, as the profit from the overseas student intake runs into billions. At one stage Australia didn’t have a university rated in the top hundred! The BER despite some waste and irregularities, has been far more egalitarian in its distribution of funds; over 90% of stage 1 of the roll out has been completed to the satisfaction of the recipients and the claims of $5billion wastage are so far over the top they can be dismissed as propaganda.
      The surpless was there because, if you cast your mind back to the 2007 election, Rudd avoided the tendency to make vast spending promises to get into power. Howard, if he had been returned, and kept the promises he made, would have fritted the money away on the bribes he offered the electorate. In all they were three times the cost of what Rudd offered.

    • Rosie says:

      01:34pm | 04/07/10

      Forget what Abbott had to say when the majority of Australians (me excluded) fell for Kevin 07’s charisma instead of trying to see through him for the politician he really is. Nothing has changed for the coming elections only that we have been given 2 years 9 months to know for a fact that the newly appointed Labour leader and her Deputy will be campaigning with a load of political baggage. This tells me that everything they say and do from now until election day will be a political fix. Australians will deserve the PM & the party they will vote for. With all the political fixes comes the gauging of “polling results” a vital indication for the Govt which seems to be in their favour. Here we go again Kevin07 revisited! God help us!

    • Christian Real says:

      02:58pm | 04/07/10

      Joe,
      Why is Julia Gillard one-sided for not having a family, and instead devoting her time to her job?
      Australia is a free and democratic Country Joe, and because of that Julia Gillard is entitled to live her life as she choses, and it seems it is not Julia Gillard out of touch, but you Joe, and people like you.

    • Against the Man says:

      03:07pm | 04/07/10

      She chose to be unmarried and childless. In a free society that is no big deal. I should be able to do as I feel/ want (within the boundaries of the law). And the same applies to what I feel about my politicians. A PM that isn’t married or have children makes me wonder whether she took the easy way out. Can someone who hasn’t had the ability to look after kids, look after a nation of 20 million?

    • KH says:

      09:07am | 05/07/10

      How about someone who needs a second mortgage of over $700K for two years of expenditure on private schools and the like which clearly they can’t afford, then “forgets” to declare it under the rules of their job - can they be trusted to look after a whole nations finances? Or even tell the truth?
      How dare you suggest that because she doesn’t have children, she has taken ‘the easy way out’ - out of what, you tool?  What, she can’t do a job because she hasn’t bred?  What a load of crap.  Wow - there really are a lot of absolute idiots in this country.

    • stephen says:

      03:29pm | 04/07/10

      Not having kids leaves her more time to do her job, but if she wears her doc martens to work, would that make yous all feel better ?

    • Clive says:

      05:05pm | 04/07/10

      julia will win a landslide and then another landslide after that , shes labors new paul keating , the coalition realy will be out of office for 3 terms in my opinion .

    • Eric says:

      09:49pm | 04/07/10

      “Labor’s new Paul Keating”? That’s not a compliment.

      How many elections did Keating win? One -very narrowly, before Labor was tossed out of office for four terms.

      Actually, I rather like the comparison. May Julia have Keating’s success!

    • Maureen Ellis says:

      06:35pm | 04/07/10

      Just read David’s article - page 45 Sunday Telegraph.  Thought it had a positive angle ‘till I got to the last three concluding para’s.  Does that mean David that you consider yourself, Tony Abbott and Bill Heffernan as part of the “mainstream”?  If so, I think I’ll stick with Julia, despite me being married; having a child; and believing in God.

    • Denis says:

      07:01pm | 04/07/10

      David,
      Can you see difference between comrad in Russia, comrad in China and Comrad in Australia?
      There is no difference.
      Do you think that you are not left supporter?

    • Kim Yong Fan says:

      10:55pm | 04/07/10

      Denis, U have forgotten to include N Korea? Or is it because we already have Kim Yong Shorten & Kin Yong Arbib?

    • Mark says:

      02:40am | 05/07/10

      “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power”

      Benito Mussolini

      Could he have been Liberal Party Member or even leader with that sort of idea?

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      02:54am | 05/07/10

      Comrade is spelt with an “e”. Don’t know what the hell a comrad is in any of these countries…..

    • jim morris says:

      07:04pm | 04/07/10

      Now that we have a female PM (ra,ra), a female GG (yawn), etc etc, when will the affirmative action for women legislation (not to mention mindset) be deemed unnecessary, after 25 years? There is now an entire subclass of unemployed, powerless, just-waiting-til-they-die males out there who are the colateral damage from the war of the sexes.

    • Mary from Wide Bay says:

      09:28pm | 04/07/10

      Such a heartless, senseless title to this article that I can’t actually make myself read the article. Not to mention sexist. Whenever was the childless status of any male politician in the spot light? Get over yourselves.

    • Polly Waffle says:

      10:53pm | 04/07/10

      So glad Julia doesn’t have to worry about the little kiddies - but then, neither do the male politician who are parents..

    • Peter says:

      04:04pm | 05/07/10

      Oh c’mon Polly Waffle. Even politicians love their kids mate (male and female). If they didn’t, they probably wouldn’t spend half their day taking crap like this from their electorates..

    • Angela Vithoulkas says:

      08:22am | 05/07/10

      Democracy suffered when Rudd the Dudd was removed. People all over the world have died for the right to vote and live in a democratic society. Now I know that my input is almost useless, the people who are actually running this country were not voted in, have not been scrutinised or come clean about where they stand. Its appalling that Gillard can be condemned for her personal life choices, but its also even more appalling that we have overlooked her part in trivialising democracy, in the BER and almost every Rudd policy. I want a woman PM but not at the cost of my country. I am tired of politicians stuffing everything and I mean EVERYTHING up without any real consequence. Australians stand up and be heard, we have a voice and we can shout out over the “powerbrokers” and tell them to back off. And tell the politicians to start running this country in a way that actually benefits us, not rips us off.

    • Billy B says:

      08:31am | 05/07/10

      Christian Real - How could Tony forget about his loan.  The same way Paul Keating forgot to lodge his Tax Return when he was Prime Minister.

    • fehowarth says:

      12:20pm | 05/07/10

      Was not 5 billion the whole amount for the BER?  If this is the case, it is impossible for 5 billion to be wasted.  Most accusers appear to admit the private school sector spent the money wisely.  If there is waste, it can only be a small amount of the money spent.  Do you know of any person who has built a home at the price they expected to pay?  Most allow for cost run over.  I can remember a government replaced after allegations of waste in building the Opera House.  Result was no money saved but changes made that led to a inferior building, which today we are still trying to bring up to standard.  The moral of this story, is to be aware of accusations of waste in an election year.  The reality is that schools for the first time will have buildings and fittings that make us proud for our children to attend.  The other failure of this government led to over a million homes retrofitted with insulation.  Safety rules were created for the industry.  This led to better safety in an industry that has existed for over fifty years.

    • Macon Paine says:

      03:27pm | 05/07/10

      I think the budget for the BER was about $16.2B. The $5B figure for waste seems about right. Thats a lot of money, heavens knows we could have really used that $5B in NSW.

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      04:29pm | 05/07/10

      I don’t trust St Julia of the ALP for I believe she, just like the man she stabbed in the back, Kevin Rudd, is trying to be “All things to all people”. She will eventually trip herself up.
      However, when anyone verbally attacks another person because of their sexuality, marital &/or fertility status, belief or lack of it in some (?mythical?? Man-created?) god, physical disability or difference then it is time to say “Enough is enough”.
      If Julia Gillard & her partner (or any other couple for that matter) have decided not to marry that is their private business. For what else is marriage but a money-making racket for trade & church? That they have so wisely decided not to bring more children into a world, we have long been told is grossly over-populated,is surely worthy of congratualtion? It is unconsclionable that any of us criticise them for their decision and particularly for popes, archbishops,bishops,cardinals,priests & other religious to do so. many of them choose to live, to most of us, a totally un-natural life of celibacy. Given that it is reported that over 50% of all marriages, including those conducted in churches, end up in bitter divorce why would anyone bother? If they do then that is their decision and we have no business criticising them. Exactly the same rules apply to those who do not see the need for marriage. Under today’s law if they do split up after having been together for a period of time they get treated just the same as those who did get churched!
      I hope that if she does nothing else during her time as PM she abolishes the $5000 Baby Buying Bonus. It should never, ever, have been introduced. For all the children born under this inane scheme not one of them will become productive members of society until they are at least 20 years old. We would be far better served if we brought in more migrants from already over-crowded countries. Unskilled? So what? We can train them in our systems & they will still be years ahead in terms of productivity before any of those $5000 babies.

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      12:00pm | 06/07/10

      PS. As for being fruitless given St Julia’s attitude to same-sex marriage it would seem that she, despite her cliams to “having nothing against” homosexuals, is, like most politicians, every bit as bigoted, discriminatory and homophobic as he who is so frightened of them Tony Abbott.
      Of course at the election St Julia will woo the “Fruit Vote” every bit as strenuously as Tony Abbott. She will hope tobe not so fruitless then won’t she?

 

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choice ringside rantings

From: Hasbro, go straight to gaol, do not pass go

Tim says:

They should update other things in the game too. Instead of a get out of jail free card, they should have a Dodgy Lawyer card that not only gets you out of jail straight away but also gives you a fat payout in compensation for daring to arrest you in the first place. Instead of getting a hotel when you… [read more]

From: A guide to summer festivals especially if you wouldn’t go

Kel says:

If you want a festival for older people or for families alike, get amongst the respectable punters at Bluesfest. A truly amazing festival experience to be had of ALL AGES. And all the young "festivalgoers" usually write themselves off on the first night, only to never hear from them again the rest of… [read more]

Gentle jabs to the ribs

Superman needs saving

Superman needs saving

Can somebody please save Superman? He seems to be going through a bit of a crisis. Eighteen months ago,… Read more

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