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Sunday, March 15, 2009

K Rudd hiding behind St Therese ...

Rudd hiding behind St Therese

The Prime Minister's hypocrisy should be under attack, not his wife's business acumen, writes Janet Albrechtsen

11 March 2009

Therese Rein must be sick of being used and abused in every conceivable way by the ALP and its allies.

She was forced to sell the Australian arm of her business because its use of common law contracts conflicted with the ALP's union agenda to outlaw flexible agreements.

And now she is being held up as a human shield to deflect completely legitimate criticism of her husband's hypocritical attack on "neo-liberal, let 'er rip capitalism".

The same party heavies who were responsible for Rein selling her business to appease union warlords opposed to flexible, non-award contracts have now dragged her into an unrelated debate about her husband's now notorious essay in The Monthly. Malcolm Turnbull must have hit a soft spot to provoke the feeble "don't attack Kevin's wife" defence from the very people who forced her to sacrifice her Australian business on the altar of that sacred union award agenda.

Spare us, Prime Minister. The real lesson is this. If you are going to write the kind of dishonest and hypocritical claptrap as you did in The Monthly, you can expect to have people pointing out the intellectual and moral weaknesses in your arguments. And you have to understand this battle of ideas can get a bit willing.

If you're going to dish it out, you need to stand your ground when someone belts you back in an obvious weak spot. Glass jaws have no place in politics.

And with due respect, PM, if you are going to start a fight like this, don't hide behind your wife's skirt when battle is joined.

See - The Australian - Rudd hiding behind St Therese.


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