Today is my last day as a Registered Midwife in Australia. Cutbacks in services to mothers and a personally debilitating attack on my human rights from within the ALP in Maribyrnong have combined to deprive me of this livelihood.
I am proud of the unique knowledge midwifery has given me of what women, men and children need.
Today my midiwfery registration expires. So this is my last chance to put on record as a midwife that I know of no other politician in Australia’s history who stood up for what Australian mothers really need as well as opposition leader Tony Abbott did with his courageous policy of a Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme funded by taxing big companies. At that time, as I recall, whenever I googled “ALP breast feeding policy”, I came up with policy relating to feeding lots for cattle.
Postponing the implementation of his truly great PPL scheme to the third year of his government’s three year term was a tragic mistake.
By the time that third year arrived, relentless attacks on his alleged misogyny had eaten up the massive political capital he had in his first year.
So feminist and conservative attacks on Mr Abbott’s proposed PPL contributed to Australian mums losing a great chance to get a huge part of the support they need to increase their chances of breast feeding longer.
There is a lesson here for reelected Prime Minister Scott Morrison: he should not wait till the third year of the normal parliamentary term to do things for which he has a clear mandate now.
We need both these fundamental rights protected now.
In his maiden speech to parliament in 2008, ScoMo said “Australia is not a secular country — it is a free country.” With passing time these wise words are less clearly true.
Good on you, ScoMo, for saving Australia’s national government from the human rights catastrophe of Maribyrnong Bill.
Please protect our freedoms soon.
Geoff Fox, Maribyrnong, May 31, 2019
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