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If Minister Tanya Plibersek MP can't get it right !

The hypocrisy of her comment however, defies logic in the face of her enthusiastic support for the sexist language of the blatantly gender divisive and bigoted, annual 'White Ribbon' campaign.

From Dads on the Air today
 
HYPOCRISY OF OUR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP     
  With interesting comment by:
   Ian Purdie and
   Ray Lenton.    
 
When the 'Social Inclusion' Minister Tanya Plibersek MP spoke in Parliament last week of her disappointment at the "meowing attack" on her colleague, she followed with "As the Minister for Social Inclusion, I don't think it's right that half our population should feel excluded by this type of language." All of which on the face of it sounds perfectly reasonable.

The hypocrisy of her comment however, defies logic in the face of her enthusiastic support for the sexist language of the blatantly gender divisive and bigoted, annual 'White Ribbon' campaign. This multi-million dollar taxpayer funded campaign, of  'Social Exclusion', which excludes half our population and serves to stigmatize them all as violent abusers and sexual predators, is vigorously promoted by this Minister without the slightest concern or empathy for the underlying damage it inflicts on the nation's decent fathers, sons, brothers, male partners and families.    

Without doubt, the vast majority of Australians are concerned at the level of all violence and abuse in our communities and certainly do not condone the behaviour of the perpetrators.They also fully support the obvious need to protect all of the victims.

It is therefore not surprising, that so many people vigorously object to the spectacle of hateful, openly sexist, Government sponsored, scare campaigns, which appear to be ideology driven and seem specifically designed to drive a gender divisive wedge into the debate. Most thinking Australians consider such campaigns to incite hate, social division and exclusion, rather then promote social inclusion and harmony.  

The Violence and Abuse victim community and their supporters, comprising all men, women and children, now looks forward to an apology from the 'Social Inclusion' Minister, for her sexist language and behaviour in relation to that campaign, and hopes such gender discriminating campaigns in future take account of all the available evidence, and presents any and all such evidence in gender neutral terms.

Furthermore it is hoped that in future, misleading and selective cherry-picked advocacy research, provided by cherry-picked advocacy researchers in support of such campaigns, is better scrutinized by our elected representatives for accuracy, quality and soundness, in order to better protect the community from the subsequent damaging outcomes of bad policies.     

The question must be asked what the underlying motives of this Government are, when such gender or race hate campaigns are allowed to establish such a foothold and flourish in a modern society, which claims to pride itself on being socially inclusive, multi cultural and anti-racist. Surely only a balanced and truthful approach can provide for a sound and reasoned outcome and lead to better policy development.     

Of particular concern is what the confusing, double standard message of such covert hate campaign, may be sending to the nation's young boys. On the one hand for some it could become a self fulfilling prophesy, for others it will undoubtedly create deeply felt feelings of unworthiness and lead to depressive illnesses.    

Is it fair to expect our young boys to treat everyone equally, while at the same time ask them to silently accept all their fathers, brothers and themselves, being unfairly labeled as violent thugs by the opposite gender?

Does our society really wish to continue down this bigoted path, or are we intelligent enough to see the hypocrisy of such direction and demand social justice and equality for all, irrespective of race, ethnicity or gender? To teach no respect is to receive none!

Editor
 
 
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Executive Secretary - Shared Parenting Council of Australia
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The Minister has made her entire career out of sexual politics. she is simply unable to be unbiased on the topic and should not be in any position of responsibility for decisions that involve differential gender interests. To put it bluntly, she is incapable of getting it right because she has never had to.
For what its worth I publish here the link to the related news item and corrected statistics.

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I find it sad that instead of focusing on the aim of the White Ribbon Campaign, one of your main concerns seems to be that it "harms" the "good" males in the society. I can see how that some men may feel tainted, but surely instead of standing there and feeling sorry for themselves, they should use their emotion to assist in the campaign and help in the "fight" for a violent free community.

just a thought  :)

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