Dirt politics unworthy of democracy: Melbourne VG

"Low politics unworthy of our democracy" is how Melbourne's vicar general described the use of Kevin Rudd's visit to a New York strip club as a media story in the leadup to this year's Federal Election.

Religious figures and feminist and family groups expressed some disappointment in Mr Rudd but played down the impact of his faux pas.

The Vicar-General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Les Tomlinson, condemned the article, carried in News Ltd papers.

He said: "This type of politics, that takes an indiscretion from the distant past is unworthy of our democracy. It is low politics."

Government ministers have decided not to comment. Health Minister Tony Abbott said: "I have decided to be a Trappist monk on this topic. I think a vow of silence is good."

Jim Wallace, head of the Australian Christian Lobby people should remember that nobody is perfect.

Contrite Rudd accuses Downer of dirty tactics (The Age, 20/8/07)
We are all sinners: Christian lobby (The Age, 20/8/07)
Latest related coverage (The Age, 19/8/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Kevin 07 website
Australian Christian Lobby National

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20 Aug 2007