We can afford to be generous

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Jun 162012

Kudos to former Police Commissioner Christine Nixon for publicly urging the Victorian government to right a wrong: retired Premier Joan Kirner AC gave great service to the State, first as a teacher and then in politics, now as a commnity services volunteer, yet is not entitled to a Parliamentary pension or assistance with meeting her medical bills.

Rules have been bent for others (read: men) in similar situations, but apparently that’s not an option for Victoria’s first female Premier.

And shame on the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party for commenting today that this is a matter for the Government and Ms Kirner to resolve. As if the ALP has no responsibility in caring for the person who — by taking on the job that no man wanted — managed to keep Labor in government far longer than might have reasonably been expected.