The Ruddocks were this week's feature in the ABC's 2002-09-16 dullest hour -
Australian Story. It featured the history of two dull lawyers in the nation's
biggest dating club, the Young Liberals, leading to their dull, but happy
marriage, and the raising of their not so happy daughter, Kirsty.
Kirsty, now a 30 year old lawyer, described herself as 'upset' that her father
couldn't take a more 'compassionate' approach to asylum seekers. There is
something slightly nauseating about a lawyer demanding their right to be
'compassionate' with other people's money.
Lawyers of course have the most to gain through protracted legal battles
over asylum law technicalities
at taxpayer expense. That's why
most of them have been so outraged by Phil and John's Pacific Solution - it
puts career opportunities out of their reach.
But then again, what did Phil expect when he sent his eldest daughter to
Law School? What was he thinking?
Kirsty said she is leaving the country, largely because she can't cope with
Australia's policies on refugees. She is going to do volunteer work in a
developing country. But what's she going to do when people ask about her
background? Probably take a leaf out of Ali Baktiari's book, and lie about it.
Her qualifications in law will certainly come in handy for that.
As a result there is now one less lawyer in the country. That's got to be a win
for Australia. Hopefully she left her passport behind.