The former prime minister, Tony Abbott, who slid into power after the debacle of leadership tensions in the now opposition, dumped by his own party for being an embarrassment to Australia, is now off to the United States to give a speech to some Right-wing Christian fundamentalist rabble about same sex marriage (his own sister is gay) and abortion. Said rabble are also involved in the action against Planned Parenthood, naturally.
Because Abbott apparently has nothing more important to do, closer to home.
Meanwhile... this is his replacement, the present prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, of the same conservative political party - not long back from talking to Obama and touring Afghanistan and Iraq - taking a moment to talk to a surprised homeless man as he walked the streets of Melbourne in between meetings..
"Mr Kerswell, originally from Queensland, has been on Melbourne's streets for four months, since his partner died.
"She had diabetes type 1, had a hypo [hypoglycaemic attack, or plunging blood sugar] when she was asleep, went into a coma and she never woke up," he said.
"The lease was in my partner's name and I couldn't afford to keep it up alone when she died."
He sleeps in a tent "on a bit of ground where I feel safe" not far from the city, and hopes to start a job offered by a charity next week.
"I don't like living like this. I'm like everyone I've ever spoken to who's like this – I never thought it would happen to me," Mr Kerswell said...
He never thought the Prime Minister of Australia would stop and shake his hand and have a chat either."
About Abbott's little God-club meeting... Turnbull merely said Abbott has the right to speak as he wishes.
Which he does...
... and to hang himself in the eyes of the public in case he ever dreams of causing Turnbull trouble again, I shouldn't wonder...