No I don't think we do. If the white male politician was very well known throughout the land and had a prominent post in the Shadow Cabinet I think the outcry would be exactly the same. It seems to me that because Ms Abbott happens to be a black woman she can do whatever she likes and anyone who criticizes is branded a racist. I am not racist. I believe that when in public, politicians have a duty to behave lawfully regardless of their gender or ethnicity.