It was one of those priceless moments in life when some sanctimonious conservative politician had his own words slapped across his face. Hockey looked stunned when Penny said I know what my family is worth, he seemingly realised that his bigoted remarks actually hurt someone he knew. Until that point, I think he believed it to be some grand philosophical debate and being an Anglo-European Christian man took the high moral ground in defending his privileged position. Joe words hurt even more than sticks and stones because broken bones mend eventually.
We all name our own family it has little to do with gender, and more with the members outlook in nurturing each other to become the best they can. They provide us with unconditional love and acceptance, which enables us to grow through life in dealing with life issues and in making the world a better place.
The transcript from QandA (14/05/12)
ROSS SCHEEPERS: Yeah, my question is for Joe Hockey. Joe, I’m a little confused because earlier you said you think all Australians are equal but on Friday you said you wouldn’t vote for marriage equality because you really believe children deserve a mother and a father. So I’m wondering if you could tell us and Senator Wong why you think you and Melissa make better parents than her and Sophie.
JOE HOCKEY: Well, I don’t believe we necessarily make better parents because we’re a male and female. I must confess my view has changed since I’ve had children and that’s very hard and lot of my friends, whether they be heterosexual or gay, they hold the same view as you. But I think in this life we’ve got to aspire to give our children what I believe to be the very best circumstances and that’s to have a mother and a father and I’m not saying that – I’m not saying gay parents are any lesser parents but I am being asked to legislate in favour of something that I don’t believe to be the best outcome for a child.
TONY JONES: Penny Wong?
PENNY WONG: Well, there’s almost nothing I can say. I think the first logical point is marriage has generally not been prerequisite for children, so I don’t think, you know, the logical position holds but just from a sort of values perspective, it is sad, I think, that some families have to feel that they have to justify who they are because when you say those things, Joe, what you’re saying to not just me but people like me is that the most important thing in our lives, which is the people we love, is somehow less good, less valued, and if you believe that then you believe that but I have a different view.
TONY JONES: Is it hurtful?
PENNY WONG: Of course, it is but, you know, I know what my family is worth.