Tasmanian senator Eric Abetz spent the weekend in intensive care after Treasurer Scott Morrison’s use of the word ‘tampon’ caused a minor cardiac arrest.
Sources close to Mr Abetz say the senator was familiar with the word, having read it once before, but until Friday had not heard it spoken aloud.
The conservative senator – who is recovering at home – said it was very unfair that men should have to hear the word. “We shouldn’t be subject to it at all,” he said.
The issue began on Friday when Scott Morrison suggested scrapping the GST applied to tampons. Mr Abetz has since suggested scrapping the GST entirely in order to avoid having to say the word.
By Terry Beuler