“Since it is about time somebody did, I rise to ask: won’t someone please think of the childless?”
Parliament is supposed to representative of our society. But when it comes to those oppressed and marginalised, the childless amongst us aren’t the first people that spring to mind.
They are the ones usually out enjoying brunch unburdened by strollers and nappy bags, going to Friday night drinks without giving babysitters and dinner plans a second thought and sleeping in instead of having their heads jumped on by hyper youngsters.
But apparently the besieged SINKs and DINKs of the world are the long-forgotten sufferers.
At least according to Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm, who has thanked those who have not procreated and gone out on a limb on their behalf, arguing they shouldn’t have to support parents and children.
“To the childless people of Australia I want to say, on behalf of this parliament, thank you for being childless,” he said, Fairfax Media reports.