Re: The claim by Brian Mitchell of Fremantle that “there’s plenty about PC that’s a bit silly but plenty that’s not, and referring to women as ‘the fairer sex’ surely belongs in the vaults…”

I beg to differ. Has Brian looked around him lately? While there is an occasional attractive bloke (and believe me, I’m looking out for them), there are far more good looking women. We are the fairer sex – and an accurate description can hardly be described as “non-PC”

A Crikey subsciber writes:

Alby is as mad as a hatter but he is no fool, as Crikey’s speculation about his pension play attests.

I was a former constituent of Alby’s when he held Burrinjuck, and he was a very popular and hardworking MP – not bad for a former slaughterman. He is the sort of bloke who keeps safe Liberal seats safe, without ever having a hope of winning a ministry. He won Burrinjuck in 1988 as part of the anti-Unsworth landslide, defeating Terry Sheehan, who was Attorney-General at the time. The Sheehans were one of those classic Catholic Labor dynasties, with Terry’s dad a long-term MP and minister.

Burrinjuck remains, I believe, one of two or three seats that Labor has not regained since 1988, in a large part due to Alby’s efforts. Given he served for ten years in state parly, I would imagine he would be eligible for a pension from them as well.

When the Alby vs Fahey stand-off happened in 2001, Alby had the added problem of losing his hometown of Cootamundra from the seat but still prevailed. The talk about loyalty to the Schultzs is interesting. When his wife Gloria ran for Burrinjuck in 1999, one of the reasons given by people for not voting for her was they didn’t think the Schultzs deserved another parliamentary pension!

Peter Fray

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