Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - OPINION -

THE Greens sunk to a new low this week, ac­cus­ing new Lib­eral Se­na­tor Jim Molan of be­ing a war crim­i­nal.

Their leader Richard Di Natale said the for­mer Ma­jor Gen­eral used water and food as a weapon in Iraq. This is firstly un­true and, sec­ondly, a dis­grace­ful slur he dou­bled down on in nu­mer­ous in­ter­views in the days that fol­lowed.

The Greens MP for Mel­bourne Adam Bandt went even fur­ther, telling my col­league Ash­leigh Gil­lon on Sky News: “If there was a proper in­quiry, an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into the war in Iraq in Aus­tralia, I think you would find that Jim Molan would be up for pros­e­cu­tion rather than praise for his role in the atroc­i­ties in Fal­lu­jah.”

Un­der­stand­ably Jim Molan wasn’t go­ing to cop that; he threat­ened to sue and the next day Bandt put out a one line apol­ogy: “I hereby apol­o­gise for those state­ments.”

No ad­mis­sion that the state­ments were cruel, wrong and harm­ful, just apol­o­gis­ing be­cause he claimed that’s all Molan wanted to end the mat­ter.

The Greens showed this week that they are a dis­trac­tive force and one that can’t be given a free ride to get­ting another MP in the par­lia­ment.

The Lib­er­als must stand in the up­com­ing Bat­man by-elec­tion. They must pref­er­ence La­bor and they must fight giv­ing The Greens another plat­form to spread their slurs.

CAN you be­lieve we have got to the stage where peo­ple are se­ri­ously sug­gest­ing laws that will stop politi­cians sleep­ing with their staff?

First it was the US Congress that passed such rules. Now Vic­to­rian In­de­pen­dent Kathy McGowan has joined in, say­ing “good work­place prac­tice in­cludes clear ex­pec­ta­tions about be­hav­iour”.

Sure, but do we re­ally need a rule to spell this out to peo­ple?

If peo­ple are us­ing the pub­lic purse to fund their per­sonal re­la­tion­ships, that’s al­ready against the rules. Let’s leave it there.

Aus­tralia has too many real prob­lems to waste any more time talk­ing about triv­ial sideshows like this.

The AFLW is great, but not per­fect and not be­yond crit­i­cism.

Equal­ity of op­por­tu­nity means equal­ity of crit­i­cism too.

This week the dam wall broke and peo­ple started to ask tough ques­tions about the AFLW league.

Are the games good enough for the gi­ant stage the AFL has put them on?

The an­swer is largely yes, but if you want to be on big time TV and ra­dio then fans are al­lowed to say what they like and don’t like about the games without be­ing called sex­ist.

A sex­ist is some­one who says women shouldn’t play footy; some­one who says the footy isn’t good enough is just an un­happy fan who wants the best from these fan­tas­tic sports­peo­ple.


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