Apr 24, 2014

The lethal legacy of Brian Harradine: his long war on women’s rights

While former Tasmanian senator Brian Harradine's passing is mourned and his life celebrated, we should remember his impact on the lives of women of developing countries.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Now that former Tasmanian senator Brian Harradine has been farewelled with a state funeral in Hobart, honoured by past and current politicians, it is an appropriate time to detail his impact on the lives of women in developing countries.


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18 thoughts on “The lethal legacy of Brian Harradine: his long war on women’s rights

  1. Desmond Carroll

    Attention Mr Beecher! Give this young man a bonus.

    He continues to gladden the heart of this contentedly ageing retired journo.

    [Fraternal congratulation to young Bernard.]

  2. johnd

    Thank god. I get so tired of how politicians suddenly turn selfless paragons of public good, fighting for the undog, etc when they die.
    Harradine was anything but, using his power not to get what his electorate wanted, but what he wanted in line with his misguided view of the word.
    Let’s stop praising in death politicians who didn’t deserve such praise in life.

  3. Djbekka

    Ah folks, Yes Harradine was a scourge for women who wanted more ‘mother of many’ on their tombstones. But remember that WA’s own Joe Bullock is from a similar position in the ALP, pre selected in 2013 not the 1950s. Madigan will not be alone in the new Senate. Can the ALP reform itself? Can you see the pigs flying yet?

  4. leon knight

    Great work Bernard – the misery and suffering these zealots cause in the name of their religion needs to be exposed for the real wickedness that it is.
    How these religious ratbags keep working their way into positions of political power baffles me, why doesn’t our constitution prevent them bringing their fruit-loop ideas to work?

  5. sparky

    Thanks Bernard, the obits I glanced at were too full of praise for this man.

  6. Kevin Herbert

    I knew Harradine when he was with the Tasmanian Trades & Labor Council in Hobart in the early 70’s. Save for his dress, he had the patrician demeanour of a devout Catholic priest.

    He thouyght he was after all doing God’s work…sad really, cos his intentions were pure, but he was a religious zealot who as Bernard Keane points out did untold harm to defenceless women around the globe….muck like religious zealots around the globe.

  7. AR

    Des – every now 7 then BK does come up with the goods,. When not writing job applications to the Mudorc or IPA.

  8. sauron256

    I was wondering if I should renew my Crikey sub. This article has made my mind up… bye bye Crikey, won’t miss you.

  9. Simon de Little

    Glad someone finally said it.

  10. ruth elder

    Thanks for the reminder of the misery created by this selfish, rigid moraliser.

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