IT WAS one of Parliaments more jarring episodes. One moment, Tony Abbott was showing genuine empathy for a national leader who had endured more than a week of grief: losing her father, then attending three funerals of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan. The next, he was grilling her on how she intended to pay for the promises that have helped propel her remarkable, yet still very fragile, political recovery.Before question time on Wednesday, Julia Gillard broke down as she reflected on the soldiers funerals and the passing of her father. Abbott, who had also attended the funerals, responded with grace and humanity, welcoming Gillard back and paying tribute to her father. It is a remarkable parent who produces a Prime Minister of this country, he said.