Remember when your child was born, it was a love like no other.
“I will protect you, I will take a bullet for you, and I will walk in front of a car for you.”
But if you’re Prime Minister Tony Abbott, add one more:
“I will try and stop those who hate me from hating you.”
Recently news broke that Frances Abbott was the beneficiary of a Whitehouse scholarship at the Whitehouse Institute to complete a design degree. There are some unproven and since denied allegations out there thatPrime Minister Abbott’s daughter Frances received a scholarship not on merit but on the basis that she was then the daughter of a prominent politician who was soon to be Prime minister.
With regards to the disclosure of the scholarship, Claressa Surtees, who acts as the registrar of the Parliamentary Pecuniary Interests registers, says that there are only “general statements” about what is declared and nothing in regards to scholarships. However, in the same register there are declarations such as Mr Abbott’s and his daughters involvement in 2013’s Myer Fashion launch in Melbourne despite their own personal finances funding the travel and accommodation expenses. Tony Abbott claims he has fully complied with the disclosure rules and I agreed when he said recently that “family should be off-limit when it comes to political contention” and the Guardian are most certainly “obsessed” with dirt digging.
This may be a rare scholarship but I believe there has been a massive over-reaction by both the media and public, which serves as nothing more than a red herring to discuss the real issues concerning the Australian public.
I don’t see as many hateful images and articles written about the recent accusations that a slush fund paid for ex-PM Julia Gillard’s property renovations. Education-focused nepotism is unfair, sure, but so is having union money to fund your personal household needs.
Allegations floating around media and especially on social media, containing fragments of half truths which would not stand up in a court of law is simply subjecting an unelected individual to cruel ridicule so haters of Tony Abbott can get their daily jollies. Whitehouse school of design’s Ian Tudor announced on ABC’s The Drum that in the 10 years he has worked with the college, “various types of scholarships” have been awarded by both the Institute itself and entities associated with the Institute. Frances Abbott has been the second recipient of this Whitehouse scholarship, Ian Tudor announced.
I would ask Abbott haters who would not have to put up with this for one minute if it involved former Prime Minister Gillard or a member of her family, to grab a mirror and some perspective.