Miranda Devine: Labor Party elite protect their own kids, not others
The Sunday Telegraph, May 22, 2016
AT least we know that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews are sensible parents.
Both Labor politicians have chosen to send their children to schools where they will be protected from the sexual propaganda of the Safe Schools program.
Andrews has made Safe Schools mandatory in Victorian schools and derides as “bigots” anyone who criticises its extreme teachings on “gender fluidity” and “heterosexism”.
But, while he’s happy to inflict such nonsense on other people’s offspring, he sends his own children to Catholic schools where Safe Schools will never be part of the curriculum.
Shorten sends his daughter to a local public school in Melbourne but she is too young to be exposed to Safe Schools until she hits high school.
But if she follows her older siblings into independent schools, she, too, is likely to remain blissfully safe from Safe Schools.
Do what we say, not what we do, is alive and well among Labor’s elite.
ON THE VERGE OF SILLINESS
THE dominant media narrative about this election seems oddly misaligned with observable facts.
For instance, Fairfax media yesterday trumpeted the latest IPSOS poll as evidence that Malcolm Turnbull is in dire straits.
In fact, it shows Labor’s primary vote still stuck at an unwinnable 34 per cent.
Then there was the unfortunate mishap with Bill Shorten’s convoy near Cessnock on Thursday. Footage on Channel 9 showed what happened. About 12.45pm, the Shorten convoy is crawling along the 80km/h road and then begins slowly pulling off the road one by one onto the narrow verge.
A white Mitsubishi Magna behind them pulls out to overtake the convoy and collides with a blue Nissan Pulsar driven by a 21-year-old woman who is later taken to hospital with minor head injuries.
Shorten invites the driver of the Mitsubishi and her small son to take refuge in his car while emergency services personnel free the trapped driver from her Nissan.
Fair enough. But every story then became about wonderful Mr Empathy.
It was ‘Shorten comforts mother’ and not ‘Shorten’s convoy creates traffic hazard that results in head-on collision’.
We know from local resident Norm Aboud that “it’s a dreadful little bit of road so your life is in your hands every time you’re on it”.
Yet the wisdom of calling an impromptu press conference on the narrow verge of a notorious stretch of a country road went unquestioned.