“The real reason the Prime Minister is allowing and encouraging the abortion debate is to send a message. The law won’t change, but after a long and costly parliamentary fight – which will monopolise media coverage for weeks and involve senior Liberals appearing on television agreeing with church leaders – morally conservative working-class Australians will know that, secretly, if only those rotten elites would let him, John Howard would love to move against abortion.” (Age)
It wouldn’t all be so painful if election stunts in the UK didn’t mean that it’s far more likely that I might have to move back to Australia before I wanted to. I don’t think I could cope with going back while Howard is still in power.
Otoh, I’ve been asked to speak on a panel at a museums conference in November. Woo!