I feel sorry for Bernadette Courtney, current editor at the DomPost. The paper’s getting slimmer by the day and it’s comment pages suffer from a surfeit of ex-editors. We’re used to Richard Long in his weekly role as a National Party adviser but this Tuesday’s piece by Karl du Fresne attacking the general reaction to Alasdair Thompson’s views on women in the workforce was particularly bad. Here’s a sample:
Much of what he said simply reflected the reality of the employment market: for example, that women are more likely than men to take time off when children are sick, and that many women’s careers are interrupted by motherhood, with a consequent impact on their earning potential.
That’s all? In du Fresne’s piece Hitler got a mention, female journalists got a spray, as did the”spineless” EMA Board of Directors and “a former Prime Minister who apparently suffers from the delusion that she’s still the Queen Bee”.
I don’t know why the DomPost keep him on unless it’s payback for past services. I think it’s time the Fairfax Board or whoever’s in charge also got some spine.