"I do ask people to understand that as dads and as mums we know every day that we're in politics we are not being as good a dad or a mum as we could be, and I think that's what affected Mark."
Was it "being in politics" that wrecked Emerson's own marriage or being in the future Prime Minister?
His three kids' opinions on that question would be interesting to hear.
UPDATE: Our for-the-moment Prime Minister shared a tender memory with the ABC's Caroline Jones in 2006:
Craig and I were staying together at a hotel and I'd managed to forget to pack my contact lens holder. So I was just storing the contact lenses at the bottom of a glass, which wasn't exactly the smartest thing in the world to do. Er, so...in the bathroom, this glass with the contact lenses and a bit of solution in them. So, you know, during the course of the night, Craig gets up and thinking it's water, grabs the glass and drinks it. So I was wandering around National Conference blind for the next morning. I did have to give the Health Policy Report at the podium not basically able to see my notes or see the audience. Craig and I lived in different states in very demanding positions.And in the hurly-burly of the Labor world, ultimately it was just too difficult. I'm not involved in a relationship now, and you know, your, sort of, your life history rolls on.Ah, love Labor-style and its silly little moments! How touching.