On 3aw with TonyJones just after the 11.00 news, Allan Hird had a right of reply to Smith's absurd set of excuses yesterday. It was an excellent exercise in saying what he believed without being cut off by Jones.
Starts at the 1:29:08 mark of the "3AW Mornings with Tony Jones, January 19" podcast.
Edit: Did raise my eyebrows when he said he hasn't been down to Melbourne to visit his son yet. People deal with things in different ways I suppose.
Id say there is a good reason he has not been yet. Take it from someone who has been at rock bottom before, you don't want to see anyone, you feel ashamed to be seen by anyone actually. All you want to do is wrap yourself in a cocoon away from the rest of the world, and yes often from family member's as you don't want them to see you in that state and bring them down. I am sure Alan will visit when the time is right, and as he said he is in constant contact with those he needs to be.
The best thing any of us can do at the moment for Hirdy is to support the J34 group in trying to get a senate inquiry happening. If you have not signed the partition and shared. Please think about doing it.
You are absolutely correct. Seeing too many people, particularly family, can actually plummet the person into even deeper parts of themselves, a dark hole that's hard to climb out of. Usually the facility, won't allow anyone except closest family and then only supervised visits for a short time, for that very reason. And; yes I do speak from my own experience.