Kevin Rudd's insult to stay-at-home wives (letter)by Merle RossNews Weekly
, July 7, 2007
It is the unguarded moments that reveal what Kevin Rudd really believes that make him a frightening prospect for Prime Minister.
Defending his wife Thérèse Rein's career, Rudd declared that "professional women who run their own companies … are not simply appendages of middle-age men".
This comment was widely seen as disrespectful towards stay-at-home wives, although Rudd later protested that this interpretation of his words was "wild and inaccurate" (ABC Radio National's AM
, May 25, 2007).
The Labor Party's policy has long been to get all women into paid work, with child-care being one of the main policies to be able to unite its Emily's List feminist supporters.
Today, however, society suffers severely from the lack of volunteers in services which, in the past, were well supported by stay-at-home wives. Such things all tie in.
Thus we see the ALP's inability to see the big picture on a range of issues, including ones even more important than that.
Kevin Rudd's occasional lapse from his smooth, clever speech reveals the direction he really wants to take us in, and should give voters fresh pause for thought.
Given Kevin Rudd's stated passion for social justice, he should stop seeking support from Emily's List feminists, and instead offer financial relief for stay-at-home mothers raising children.
There is no social justice in offering "child-care" funding to families on two full-time incomes, but denying support for single-breadwinner families.(Mrs) Merle A. Ross,