It’s not breaking news that Scott Morrison has trouble with women. His “woman problem” was one factor in his election defeat.
But really, his treatment this week of Karen Andrews, his former home affairs minister, was particularly gratuitous.
Grattan wasn’t outraged: Labor’s treatment of Kimberley Kitching – ‘tough politics’ or ‘bullying’?
There have been calls for Albanese to launch an inquiry into the allegations. With the alleged victim dead, it is hard to see what this could achieve. And that’s leaving aside the political considerations, when Labor is weeks from the election.
There’s no doubt Kitching was subjected to harsh treatment by her party. Whether this is judged as “tough politics” or “bullying” is more complex, depending on who is doing the judging. It can be a fine, albeit very important, line between the two.
Andrews is throwing a tanty because Scott Morrison rightly made himself an emergency sub in the event of her falling ill during what some regarded as a deadly pandemic. Kitching, by contrast, was mauled by colleagues because she liked to think for herself. Grattan’s ‘too close to call’ indifference to the personal viciousness in the latter scandal is risible, her caricature of a happily married father of two daughters as notorious for having “trouble with women” disgraceful.