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Last updated on June 10th, 2017 at 04:29 am
Health minister Tony Abbott fathered a child out of wedlock in 1977; the boy was subsequently adopted out. In this week’s Bulletin, Julie-Anne Davies has the extraordinary story of their reunion:
Abbott spent some brief moments with his son after the birth but has only vague, half-recalled memories of the experience. “In retrospect I am appalled at how callow I was,�? he says, with calm honesty. “But you know, that’s the way it was.
“I went to the hospital, the nurses gave me Daniel and I held him for a while. I was psychologically unready for parenthood – that is the sad truth about me at that time. I just wasn’t ready for it.�?
Twenty-seven years later, on Boxing Day 2004, Abbott is ready. He dials Daniel’s number.
“Hi, is that Daniel? This is Tony Abbott.�?
Daniel answers with four words that take Abbott’s breath away.
“Thanks for having me.�?
Also in The Bulletin this week: more old-timey pictures. They’ll be on the site Tuesday.