25 September 2023

Greens, Babies and Secret Women’s Business

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I try to remain apolitical.

It’s the safest place to be when your work surrounds you with people with a specific agenda and you’re over it after too long in the fair town of Canberra on the periphery of the political class, but I have soft spot for the Greens.

Yes, make what you want from that but I have found them to be so nice.

No confected posturing, no bellowing from the bleachers and genuine pleasantness in conversation.

So it was a surprise to see Richard Di Natale up the levels for his address to the National Press Club and get some oomph behind his exhortations.

Lovely to welcome back Larissa Waters whose tiny baby, much enamoured of roving Senate photographers catching her being breast fed, who is now 19 months old and likely to cause much more havoc than slurping and suckling in the chamber.

Causing a whole different kind of upset was the ABC melt-down with Dr Kirstin Ferguson stepping into the chair.

She’s an impressive lady who just happened to be launching her book Women Kind in Canberra two weeks ago.

It’s a follow up to her successful #Celebrating Women campaign and a formidable treatise on who we are and what we aspire to be and demonstrated her total commitment to a task with phenomenal reach into the lives of women.

And then back in town was the much admired former ACT Police Commissioner Mick Palmer working with drug law reformer Matt Noffs and a big yes to pill testing at concerts.

Seems logical listening to these men discussing the issue.

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