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23 Mar 2005, Comments (0)

Bring lawyers, guns and sonny

Author: Helen

What’s the difference between a Labor candidate holding a machine gun


and a Liberal Senator holding a machine gun?


Well, the first photo was taken when Ivan Molloy was a callow youth, for which we cut him some slack, is that right Tony? Oh, maybe not.

The other was taken quite recently when Ross Lightfoot, pumped and battle-scarred from jostling female senators, and really old enough to know better, thought he’d do a similar bit of macho posturing.

But Ross’s gang’s in Government, and Molloy’s isn’t, so I guess that’s all right, then.

While we’re mentioning Tony… I felt exactly the same as one of Jess at Ausculture’s comments: I saw Tony Abbott on the television just now and I almost felt compassion for him. I feel dirtyÖ But even in the collapse of his Adoption not Abortion Good News Story, I heard elisions and distortions slipping off the Tony tongue. I don’t think there is really any way of profiting from this one any more, unless it’s to elicit sympathy. But it appears Liberal politicians can’t help themselves:

I have gone through 27 years of life convinced that I was Daniel’s dad, but it appears that is not the case,” he said.
“And I’m sorry that poor old Daniel has been dragged through the public spotlight as a result of a connection to me which it now appears was never the case.”

MMmmmmbut, he was not “convinced” for 27 years that he was Daniel’s dad. He was correct in saying “For 27 years I thought I had a son out there” but he wasn’t informed of Daniel O’Connor’s identity until 24 December, 2004. And I’m not the only person with the strong impression that he played his role in dragging Daniel through the public spotlight – as a touchy-feely good news story that helped improve his media image, while at the same time providing a hook to hang his anti-abortion activism on.

Speaking of which…

Abbott’s been making much of his “callowness” back in the day when young Daniel was conceived. Even the revelation of his non-parent status didn’t faze him, because, you see, they were all young and callow. They all rooted like rattlesnakes because they were… teenagers. Couldn’t help it!

Right!! So…..

So I hope that sometime in the future, in the course of his continued association with the abortion debate and “family values” politics, he doesn’t make the mistake of copying the disastrous US idea of winding back education on safe sex and contraception in favour of abstinence “education”.

Because he’s just really blown his own cover and that of his own generation, like, totally.

(What about the lawyers? well, I never did manage to work that one in, but I daresay Ross Lightfoot’s got one.)