Tony Abbott thought he had a winning card
With rules for pairs both clear and hard,
But, challenging the ALP, rattling his sabre.
He forgot there was another kind of ‘labor.’
Straw polls told him that he’d be a fool
Persisting with a policy voters thought too cruel.
Besides, it drew attention to a woman
He’d not thought of, not treated like a fellow human.
Confined at home and left to suffer,
She’d heard how he’d made life much tougher.
Already sick at heart to depths unknown,
Now she’d have to bear her child alone.
Then Abbott decides he will, after all, be kind.
Voters should be pleased he’s changed his mind.
But other circumstances haven’t changed.
He’s still bent on power like a man deranged.
There’s been no softening, no generosity.
He continues his attack with mad ferocity.
A man proven not guilty is once again accused,
So a mother and her unborn child, already punished, are even more abused.
NOTE: This is not a story about the Craig Thomson saga of which there are many versions on the net. There is a nice objective account of it all in Wiki. Anyone who knows my rusted on Labor nature can guess my political views on all of that. Obviously I have been indignant about the injustice of his trial by media with no presumption of innocence and the scandalous things said about him by the Opposition under privilege in Parliament.
Throughout it all I have been haunted by thoughts of his wife at home, often alone because of Parliamentary sittings and in very considerable emotional pain. It’s hard to know the level of stress being felt by the somewhat impassive Craig Thomson, but it’s easy to imagine something of her more extreme distress. Does one have to have been a mother to fear the impact of all this on their unborn child?
I am astonished that no one seems to have considered that. Has any woman in the Coalition party room raised it with Tony Abbott? Has anyone in the government? I’ve noticed that journalists often add as a sort of footnote that the wife of the beleaguered Member for Dobell is heavily pregnant. Have I missed an opinion piece or editorial on this? And why hasn’t the Leader of the Opposition, himself a family man, father of three young women, spared a thought for that tiny, soon to be born, human being?