Apparently it’s ok to say something stupid and offensive if others said it first. According to Steve Fielding, that is: Others said it first: Fielding defends abortion loophole remark:
“I wasn’t the only one to raise this issue in the Senate yesterday.”
But Senator Fielding, when pressed to name the other senators, could not come up with any names.
Normally I can’t stand Christopher Pyne, but he makes a good point:
Senior Liberal Christopher Pyne said Senator Fielding’s position defied logic because welfare recipients were not eligible for the scheme.
“That points to an attempt to gain attention to his political campaign for re-election.”
Of course, Pyne would know all about using others for political gain.
And I missed this in Fielding’s comments yesterday, but clearly Ol’ Fieldyfield is bonkers:
“It is a policy that gives money to prisoners and prostitutes but ignores stay-at-home mums and the important unpaid work that they do.”
Um, what? Is he saying that female prisoners are getting pregnant in women-only jails and having babies? That sounds pretty unlikely. And are prostitutes getting pregnant at work? That also sounds pretty unlikely. And, of course, there’s the moral judgement that “stay-at-home mums” are more important than prostitutes and women in jail for any number of reasons. Wonder how he’ll fare at the next election? As Damien “I’m the new Annabel Crabb in the SMH” Murphy points out, 99.08 per cent of Victorians didn’t vote for him.