A suicide attempt is infinitely more important than a political stoush. Bob & Helena Carr are smart enough to know that all threats, or worse, attempts at suicide must be taken quite seriously. Bob & Helena certainly never wanted Brogden to die. They rightfully illustrated in their indignant refusal to accept Broggo’s apology just how offensive his remarks were, particularly for a community leader.
I would have gone a bit further- a person who behaved as Brogden did simply has no place in Australian politics. Even in the corporate world, any sensible manager who had an employee who behaved as Brogden did would have sacked him before such employee behaviour made the company liable for facilitating sexual harassment.
Carr was a bit generous with Brogden today when he said, "The world accepts that all of us make mistakes and he’s got a big future as a politician, a member of this community and as a father of his son, Flinders." I very seriously doubt Brogden has a future as a politician.
It should be noted that the racist jab at Helena was not the Carrs’ first experience with unseemly behaviour from the NSW Liberal camp, well and truly out of the bounds of political discourse. The Carrs’ statement today is all the more generous when you consider that it was an ex-Brogden staffer who was charged with threatening life and property, conveying false information and two counts of public mischief after Carr received threats last April which set in motion a full security response in the NSW Parliament.
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