Bettina Ardnt is trying to whip up a panic about our unmarried but partnered Prime Minister moving into the Lodge, after being elected, with her bloke. It could be a bad role model for young women she says.
I say, complete crap, give people more credit than that. Women aren’t going to rush into defacto relationships just because the PM is in one. Ardnt says that children can suffer when defacto relationships break down. Yes, children can be disadvantaged when parents split, but that’s the case whether they are married or defacto or unable to marry under current laws, and it ain’t necessarily so. Having a family that isn’t mum, dad and kids in the Lodge can only be a positive thing in my view. I think we are still a long way from having anyone other than a cis/het couple there, even a single person (most likely a man) would be unlikely at the moment. It is a step in the right direction. As I’ve said elsewhere, after a couple of terms of Julia, I want Penny Wong as PM next.