“I think if the government was a bit more experienced in this area they wouldn’t come out with glib lines like that.”

Glib, indeed.

Tony Abbott says this comment on the baby bonus wasn’t referring to the Prime Minister’s childlessness. So what exactly did he mean?

Seriously, we’re asking …?

It seems to us there’s two scenarios. Either, he really did mean to say the PM is “deliberately barren”, as Bill Heffernan once suggested (as does today’s Crikey Decoder — give it the ol’ switcheroo on the website and get involved with suggestions).

Or he’s just so careless and stupid that he accidentally implied the above at a time of acute sensitivity to s-xism, landing himself in hot water entirely of his own boiling.

We’re not sure which is worse.

Peter Fray

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