bernardi of nazareth...
Bernardi was rewarded for his role in elevating Abbott to the leadership with a promotion to the position of shadow parliamentary secretary assisting the Opposition leader. Asked why he got the post, he replies: “I guess he [Abbott] thinks I’m someone who can help him get to where he wants to go.” What role Bernardi would play in an Abbott-led government is an open question. Minchin says Bernardi “has a very substantial support base”. Another senior Liberal believes Abbott and Bernardi are “very close”. An alternative view from within the party is that Abbott and his office think Bernardi is “a total liability” and “even the conservative wing finds him to be a complete screwball”. Abbott was not available to comment.
Bernardi is fortified by the fact that, by his count, the public feedback he gets runs 90% his way. “I hope Cory Bernardi gets voted in as PM. He can see the future,” writes one admirer. “Bernardi doesn’t need to be sacked. He needs a medal pinned on him for being the only politician with guts to speak out,” writes another.
"If you look at some of the great people of history, they all had trenchant critics,” says Bernardi, citing his hero, Ronald Reagan, whose speeches he listens to on his iPhone for inspiration during his evening walks. “You can’t go through life being loved by everybody, that’s a recipe for nothingness.”
From Sally Neighbour
Sally Neighbour is a multiple award-winning journalist and author, best known for her work as a reporter with Four Corners, recognised by three Walkley Awards. She is the author of The Mother of Mohammed and In the Shadow of Swords.
All week, Fairfax Media has published a string of negative reporting, commentary and remarks about Bernardi, yet in this coverage no one has even pretended to have read the book. If they had, they would see Bernardi quotes a plethora of studies and that it was a British Family Court judge, Sir Paul Coleridge, not Bernardi, who came up with the phrase that traditional families should be the ''gold standard'' as the best protector of children's welfare. Based on his Family Court experience, the judge said family breakdown was the root cause of most social ills and warns: ''What is a matter of private concern when it is on a small scale becomes a matter of public concern when it reaches epidemic proportions.''
In his book, Bernardi sums up his argument on families with this: ''Social policy should continue to advocate for the best possible social environment for children. More often than not, as studies have shown, that environment is a family with a child's married biological mother and father. Of course, there will always be exceptions to this - some traditional families fail miserably at childcare and some step-families do a wonderful job of raising children - but it should not deter society as a whole from encouraging its citizens to pursue the traditional family model.''
Not exactly rabid. The same cannot be said for the parade of bigotry over the past seven days - absurdly claiming to be in defence of tolerance.
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Gus: hum.... I think Bernardi should try to become Pope rather than Prime Minister... It would be more befitting, though the new Pope, Pope Francis is encouraging breast-feeding mothers to give a nipple to bubs in the Sistine chapel... We definitely need Bernardi to put a stop to that, despite having countless religious paintings from the 14th century till the 19th century depicting the virgin Mary showing her boob to a little Jesus. .
Beyond this I do not know the bloke Cory but the fact that he sunk the ETS, that Rudd was trying to work out with Malcolm, shows straight away he is as ignorant as a piece of four-be-two. I don't care much about his utterance about the "family" value — but I would suggest to Sir Paul Coleridge and Paul Sheehan that many couples I know who are childless are still blissfully together, while many who signed up forever-ever-after can't wait for the kids to be at least 18, so they can divorce, in a 50/50 acrimony that had been going on for about 17 years of non-bliss with crumpets and dicks on the side...
Of course there are some great families that stay together but I also know some one parent (male and/or female) families as well as gay or lesbian families that do wonder for the kids. I know actually that these Cory "exceptions" try to do a darn "exceptional" job of the task and succeed brilliantly. The children are bright and inquisitive while in some "traditional" families, the faith, the restrictions or the lack of supervision, plus the lack of REAL intellectual stimulation make the kids either rebel in a good way to become bright sparks despite — or in a bad way to become drug addicts because it's the only way to cope with the bland vacuousness of the happy faith-driven family...
External factors can also influence the kids behaviour such as being abused by father, step-father and priests — some kids being abused by all these.
Thus Cory Bernadi and Paul Sheehan have an opinion based on "statistics" that are a bit very selective to say the least. Sally Neighbour exposes the sad fact that some people see this one-dimensional individual on a greasy soap box as a leader of sorts. All in all I think that Cory has been assigned the task to promote the extreme right wing view point to help Tony Abbott shift the centre of political gravity far right of centre by bringing it back from extreme right flag waving... Bernardi should also be smacked on the bottom for giving us Tony the Idiot as PM of this fair county...
Paul Sheehan is misled by the tone of the book which I believe is designed to let people like him piggy back on the back of the back of nice easy traditional porkies.
And of course when Bernardi says that“You can’t go through life being loved by everybody, that’s a recipe for nothingness.” he is deluded as he forgets that this is what Jesus was telling us all, to love and be love by everyone... It did not work for him of course as he was crucified for it. Bernardi does not want to fall for this 2000 year old trap, does he?