If you’re more interested in politicians as wacky entertainment than as the people to whom we’ve given the power to pass legislation, then you might have found the antics of Victoria’s accidental fundamentalist senator today somewhat amusing. First, he decided the best means of attacking the Government’s paid parental leave (PPL) scheme was to further demonise “prisoners and prostitutes” just because they haven’t been specifically excluded (although his theory for how prisoners might access the payment is more than a little tenuous). Steve, who doesn’t appear to realise that even prostitutes and prisoners might have children, even included the almost parodic “What kind of values is this sending to the community?”
Then followed a fair bit of disbelieving laughter around the traps at the shallowness of that line, that quickly died when Fielding stood up in Parliament and came out with this:
Drug addicts and welfare cheats can go out there and get themselves pregnant and then after 20 weeks have an abortion and still pocket the Government’s cash.
It’s amazing what things occur to these far-right extremists, isn’t it? Wait a second… this Bill doesn’t directly address the fact that anyone who has an abortion is CLEARLY so diabolical and evil that they’ll do it again and again for a tiny government payout. You people don’t understand! Which is weird because, without Jesus, it’s undoubtedly what you’re already planning to do. If it occurred to us, it must’ve occurred to the degenerates who don’t subscribe to our belief system, by definition – without our God, you can have no morality whatsoever. And that means the government has DELIBERATELY failed to specifically prohibit it in their legislation (shut up you did not I don’t care what it says). Because they want to gestate a baby for 20 months and abort it for a bit of welfare themselves! I’ve got them, haven’t I!
The parliament will be much less entertaining, if also less ridiculous and contemptible, when democracy reasserts itself and poor disturbed – and disturbing – Mr Fielding disappears into obscurity after the next election.
UPDATE: These crazy people think that single mothers on welfare have a very difficult time of it. But as FundiesFirst put it – “I saw a single mother smile once”. Any welfare recipient who looks vaguely happy at any time is clearly mocking the rest of us.