There was a story in the paper on Sunday about how the NSW premier isn’t working hard enough. Talk back radio this morning was overflowing with people wanting to comment and I was thisclose to ringing up myself to vent. Then I remembered I have this blog on which to do just that. Wheeee!
I’ll keep it brief because it is Monday and politics are fairly dull. But to me, this story is not about politics. It’s much bigger and more important than that. The gist of the article was that some MPs were grumbling about the premier’s commitment to his family and his attempt to wrestle with that modern cliche: work/family balance.
Mr Iemma, 45, and wife Santina have four children – Clara, 8, Matthew,
6, and twins Joshua and Luca, 3. And according to the paper:
A senior NSW Labor MP, who did not wish to be named, said Mr Iemma
insisted he was home by 6pm most nights to spend time with his young
children.”He’s trying to be a suburban house-husband, but he’s got to realise he’s the Premier,” the MP said.
It then went on to showcase some finger-wagging comments from former politicians, all of whom said that politics is a 24/7 job and that they had all made huge family sacrifices when they were in the chair so why shouldn’t Iemma. Former opposition leader John Hewson said: “I probably gave too much time to my job and not enough to my children.
They’d say that. Often when they need you most, you’re not there.”
Former NSW premier Nick Greiner admitted “Work-life balance was not an issue in my day … so I have to say that
my family suffered, which is probably why I’m a better grandparent than
I was a parent,”
And former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett noted that his wife had left
him for six months because he put work first for too many years.