Two weeks ago, the Labor Party candidate for the federal seat of Hinkler, Garry Parr, accused the parents of an Australian soldier fighting the "Just War" in Afghanistan of being warmongers. They received a "half-hearted" apology from Mr Parr for being at the receiving end of his despicable slur. Mr Parr's boss, the Opposition leader, Kevin Rudd, sent an email to one of the parents in which he said:
I regret the circumstances of your contact with Mr Parr.
In contradistinction, the Liberal Party Health Minister Tony Abbott, apologised to asbestos campaigner, Bernie Banton, for claiming that he was conducting a political stunt in leading a petition drive to have asbestosis sufferers subsided for a drug that helps them deal with the disease.
I've called him this morning I've said I'm sorry he accepted that apology and he very graciously said he was sorry for exploding.
Kevin '07 means more lack of accountability to the people Kevin Rudd supposes to represent. And more of the sort of Marxist dialectic struggle exemplified by Mr Parr and Opposition treasury spokesman Wayne Swan:
As a treasurer I'll be paying attention to what's going on around the kitchen table, not just the board room table.
Update 31/10/2007 10:00PM AEST: Tony Abbott has been doing a lot more apologising today.