You know that feeling that there’s something really important you need to remember, but can’t? I’ve had that feeling for a week about Tony Abbott, and after reading Still Life With Cat, I finally remembered: Chloe Martin’s research on politicians at Beware of the God.
Abbott is connected to the anti-abortion, anti-stem cell research, anti-gay rights National Civic Council, and the anti-abortion, anti-gay rights Australian Christian Lobby, and the anti-abortion, single mothers shouldn’t have rights, and homosexuality is a psychiatric disorder Endeavour Forum. According to their website:
Endeavour Forum was set up to counter feminism, defend the unborn and the traditional family. (“A feminist is an evolutionary anachronism, a Darwinian blind alley”.)
Their aim is to create a society “in which married women with children can work or not work in paid employment as they choose”. That sounds a little bit feminist to me. But shush, don’t tell the Endeavour Forum that.
Tony Abbott as Liberal leader is making me very nervous.
Update: Kate Barnsley has a great piece in today’s New Matilda on why some women don’t trust Tony Abbott. Here’s a sample:
Actually this is not just an issue for women. We should all find this troubling. Of course, we should be unhappy that in a country where state and church are separate a man would let himself be led in his role as minister for health by his responsibility to his church first and to his constituents second. But more than Abbott’s position on abortion, which is not unique to him (many politicians including Stephen Conroy voted against removing ministerial veto of RU486), we should be concerned that he would behave in a manner that means that the integrity of his role is compromised by his religious position.