It's not over 'til the fat lady sings, but Dr Carmen (feminist academic) Lawrence was
singing today after quitting
the front-bench of the ALP over
detention, Christmas Island excision, unclear policy over Iraq, and funding to rich
Things clearly came to a head when opponents to the ALP's 'clarified' asylum seeker policies
were unable to overturn the 90-day mandatory detention policy.
She described Simon (keep-em-out) Crean as 'an only average leader who may not be
around at the next election'. Simon hit back describing her as 'lacking
Things are looking a bit bleak for Simon. Having turned his back on his
redneck union voters with the 50/50 rule, the intellectual-elite feminist
academics are now turning their backs on him. Who's going to be Left?
Of course her pang of conscience wasn't actually strong enough to resign
from the party altogether - she will pad-out the back-benches so the taxpayer can pad-out her
parliamentary pension a bit more.
And Carmen has had experience on the back-benches before, having served
considerable time there after her experiences with the legal fraternity on
changes of perjury. Her defense came down to repeated hand wringing and saying
'I can't remember'. She even claimed that she was writing a paper on the
peculiarities of memory loss - a paper this writer can't remember ever having seen
But it was a good strategy - it worked, and she was acquitted. After all,
how could anyone convict someone for lying who just says 'I don't know
anything, I don't know anything'.
And what's she going to do with all the extra time she will now have?
Maybe now she'll find time to publish the paper on memory loss.