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.
On the 25th of April 1903, Javanese princess
Raden Ajeng Kartini wrote about her dream (shared with her sisters) of studying
“We want to stay (in Indonesia) ……. We saw this as soon as
we ceased to think of ourselves, but only of our cause ……. Our aim is our
people …… The people for whom we wish to work, must learn to know us. If we went
away, we should become as strangers to them ……. Always we wish to work for the
good of our people, and we must not set them against us by crushing with
relentless hands the ideas upon which they have thriven and grown old through
Kartini’s greatness is born from her choice of her own country and her own people ahead of foreign education. By choosing “Indonesia First” she became an education pioneer and a national hero.
The search for truth is dead in Western Universities. Seeking
wisdom has been replaced by left wing political correctness and radical
I hope more modern Indonesians can do what Kartini did. Learn in Indonesia from Indonesians and from those foreigners here who love Indonesia and the glories of Indonesian culture. Kebersamaan. Panca Sila. Gotong Royong. Kekeluargaan.