When a political leader trots out his wife for a major television appearance after taking a charming daughter to a formal ball we know two things. An election is near and the nervousness is rising. Kevin Rudd did both last week as he sought to prop up his flailing popularity with the help of two women key to his life.
I'm sure no harm was done by either appearance. The Prime Minister came across on 60 Minutes as the head of a happy family with a genuinely supportive wife. No suggestion there of a man with a foul temper that regularly flares out of control when not in public view.
The only trouble is that addressing this kind of question at all is of the "when did you stop beating your wife" variety. On Sunday night the references just served as a reminder of the allegations of temper tantrums with his staff in the same way as the attempts at joking about them at the Press Gallery Ball did.