As a male politician in a Canberra seat, I’m aware my job is easier than a woman representing a marginal seat in WA

At first glance, it seemed the last photo you’d put on the front of your Christmas card. Gweneth and I were smiling at the cameras, along with our eldest two boys. What we didn’t realise was that our toddler had left the group and was sitting a metre away, with the world’s biggest scowl on his face.

But when we sent out the card, friends loved it. People didn’t want to see airbrushed politics; they preferred to know that our kids were just as grumpy as everyone else’s. Then someone put it online and, within a week, it had found its way into the global media, including a cameo appearance on the US Today Show.

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