#International Women’s Day – Some of my best friends are Women

I spent the day lurking on Twitter and Facebook and to my surprise found a post that showed our PM for Women accepting a 10yr award for service as a volunteer in the Fire Service. Wait, what?

The other thing the PM for Women did on IWD was this:

The Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments have marked the start of construction on Sydney’s new world class motorway, WestConnex.

The first sod was turned today on the $500 million M4 Widening, which is due for completion in two years.

No women there. Women may benefit from the building of this motorway, who knows?

So, on International Women’s Day, the PM for Women, made this contribution with some of his best women friends!:


Yes, let’s celebrate all Australian Women …

Last I heard, 20 women had been murdered by their spouse, ex-spouse so far this year. On top of this the Prime Minister for Women has cut funding to important services for women who are victims of domestic violence in last years budget:

“The Abbott government has wrecked and damaged so many parts of our community – but now we have news that cuts announced in the Budget will directly affect women who are trying to escape domestic violence.

Slashed funding to Community Legal Centres will make it harder for women to get legal support to escape violent partners and may also decrease the number of women who report sexual assault and violence, say the experts” (Jenna Price, Canberra Times, 19 May 2014)

It will be harder to leave a violent partner and harder to get legal support or refuge with these funding cuts.

The PM for Women thinks that repealing the carbon tax was his best achievement for women:

“Asked to nominate his greatest achievement in the portfolio, Mr Abbott told the Nine Network: “Well, you know, it’s very important to do the right thing by families and households and, as many of us know, women are particularly focused on the household budget and the repeal of the carbon tax means a $550-a-year benefit for the average family” (Jared Owens, The Australian, 22 December 2014)

Mamamia put together a report card on the PM’s performance as the Minister for Women:

1. Prioritising and Attention to Detail: The Prime Minister appears to be barely across the challenges of his portfolio – and doesn’t mention women in his own report to the nation.

2. Commitment and Delivering Outcomes: PPL a huge signature policy gone without a more valuable or timely alternative in its place?

3. Play well with Others: When women make up 52% of the population and your ministry is only 8% women, that’s a bad thing.

4. Identifies Opportunities and Offers Solutions: While Tony Abbott has given lip service to this issue (domestic violence), he has actively removed funding from this sector.

5. Numerical Awareness: There are always going to be losers in the Budget, but it’s rare for the losers to be consistently vulnerable and disadvantaged women.

6. Presentation Skills: When you’re the Minister responsible for anything, the first thing you do is show up.

This piece sums up quite well the effort or lack thereof of the PM for Women.

Susan Mitchell wrote a book: “Tony Abbott a Man’s Man” in which she states:

“women sense in Abbott a man who has no respect or tolerance for the social changes that they have fought so hard to achieve. He is affronted by their demands to be equals with men, and to be given the right to control their own bodies and lives. For Abbott, these recent changes to the traditional male order are aberrations, and he sees his role as one of restoring traditional conservative male values.”

Does his actions (not words) suggest the truth of these words? Especially in light of the above how can the PM for Women think or know he is ensuring equity, equality with these kinds of measures? If Susan Mitchell is right, then his actions do indicate strongly that he is working hard to restore the traditional conservative male values in 2015. One could laugh at the idea but this is too serious to laugh at.

It’s interesting that women voters (including me) do not hold the PM for Women in high regard and that the cuts to education and health, childcare costs increasing, etc are cause for grave concern for many women with children looking ahead to their future.

The PM for Women has to let go of his traditional conservative male values if he wishes to remain best friends with women but I expect that’s too big an ask.

Over to you.


Friday 13 Feb, an ill omen?

What on earth is going on? How have we (Australia, I mean) gotten here?

The release of the HR inquiry into child detention was responded to in Parliament not by looking at the recommendations but by shooting the messenger, Gillian Triggs.

The speeches by Julie Bishop and Tanya Plibersek were greeted with more compassion than the HR inquiry. I’m not saying that the death penalty for two Australian people is not worth doing everything we can to prevent. However, why is detaining children treated with such contempt?

Tony Abbott has gone off his rocker, there is no other explanation for his response. Who does he think he is to respond with such callousness?

I’m appalled and dismayed that we (Australia) have reached such depths of carelessness.

I just saw this across the road and am wondering if Doctor Who has turned up to exorcise Tony Abbott tomorrow, Friday 13, an ill omen?


Strong Choices = Weak Choices

Ok, so the Qld LNP sent out a survey “the People’s Budget asking the people of Queensland what their thoughts were on a range of issues.

In selling the idea of Strong Choices the Government appear to have used rubbery figures and relied heavily on the Costello Report (Commission of Audit). According to Steve Bishop there is no ‘debt crisis’ and the net debt is about half the amount trumpeted by the Government. And John Quiggan reports that this campaign is rigged.

What’s going on here? The Government seems to believe they have listened to the people but two recent by-elections show that up as a lie.

Have they forgotten that they are supposed to REPRESENT the electorate that voted them in? Do they even know what representation is?

In politics, representation describes how some individuals stand in for others or a group of others, for a certain time period. Representation usually refers to representative democracies, where elected officials nominally speak for their constituents in the legislature. Generally, only citizens are granted representation in the government in the form of voting rights; however, some democracies have extended this right further.

At this point, I see that those with money are able to lobby successfully for their particular agenda (whatever that might be, e.g. coal mining) whereas the people seem to only get a chance to express their views at voting time. I can understand many people asking “What’s the point?”

I also think people who are asking this question are restless, looking for something, anything, to ‘save’ them. I don’t believe there will be one charismatic person people can align with but I do believe groups and community alliances is where differences will be made. We need more diversity in our elected representatives, reflecting the diversity found in our society.

What do you think?

Not Safe For Not Working On

Insight into hacking and options to increase safety of your photos

Dan Kaminsky's Blog

There’s an old Soviet saying:

If you think it, don’t say it.
If you say it, don’t write it.
If you write it, don’t be surprised.

It’s not a pleasant way to live.  The coiner of this quote was not celebrating his oppression.  The power of the Western brand has long been associated with its outright rejection of this sort of thought policing.

In the wake of a truly profound compromise of sensitive photographs of celebrities, those of us in Information Security find ourselves called upon to answer what this all means – to average citizens, to celebrities, to a global economy that has found itself transformed in ways not necessarily planned.  Let’s talk about some things we don’t normally discuss.

Victim Shaming Goes Exponential

Dumdum?  Really?

We shouldn’t entirely be surprised.  Victim shaming is par for the course in Infosec, and more than Infosec, for uncomfortably similar reasons. …

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What’s it all about?

I have not experienced, to date, the current political climate as observed or read via my social media (Twitter and Facebook) or the internet (Feedly and other sources). I struggle to understand the purpose of the Government. The desire to bring the budget back to surplus isn’t enough especially when the cuts in funding hurts those most in need of support and scrapping or cutting back organisations like CSIRO (is there a bit of science phobia in this Government?) and the Climate Council.

The hang up on surpluses that both major parties have at present is loony. Is Government a business? No. It’s not there to kowtow to those with the loudest voice or deepest pockets! It’s there, in my opinion, to Govern for ALL Australians (isn’t that what Tony Abbott said in his speech when his party one the last election?)

The focus on spending as opposed to revenue raising is folly. I have read that cutting the fuel subsidy to big mining would instantly bring in Billions of savings for the Government. That a permanent tax increase on income higher than $180k would also be useful in helping the Government’s coffers. But no they have decided to cut spending in areas of welfare that affect those who do not have a voice to protest these changes (not like the very loud voices of mining, the big 4 banks). This not the Australia I want. The widening gap between those who have and those who have not is not in Australia’s best interest.

I don’t understand the need to repeal the carbon price or the MRRT. It appears to be an ideological rather than rational move.

I have no time for Abbott’s dismissal of Climate Change as an agenda item at the G20. He argues that the economy is more important. But if climate change is not addressed there won’t be an economy. Climate change will seriously affect the economy. Climate change addressed now, as I understand it, would be cheaper than if left to a later time.

How is cutting or scrapping the Clean Energy Finance Corporation going to assist in improving economic outcomes when all we have left is large fossil fuel polluting industries? The CEFC is financing the businesses and industries of the future and where jobs are growing.

How is leaving young job seekers without an income for 6 months (inadequate as it is) going to assist them to find work? There seems to be more job seekers than jobs at present so where does that leave these young people? To search for alternative opportunities perhaps like crime? Has this Government really thought this through? It’s like they hate anyone who is not able to support themselves. Ah! is that it? Is that what its about? You’re on your own mate, don’t come knocking on our door ‘cos we’ll just turn you away or we will decide who is in most need?

Terrible policies, terrible politics, terrible Government.

The LNP never take responsibility

Have you ever noticed, as I have, when reading a media statement from the LNP Qld there is usually a line or two harking back to the previous Labor Government’s incompetence (or whatever) and the poor old LNP are trying very hard to fix it? I decided today to build a word cloud based on a snap shot of Tim Nicholls’ media statements from 8/3/14 to today. I searched each statement for the word Labor and only copied the sentence it appeared in. Here’s what it looks like:



Fascinating! I do not enjoy the constant blaming. I do not enjoy how this appears to absolve the LNP from taking responsibility for their actions. For goodness sake they have been in Government for two years. Fear mongering works but at what cost?

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Could this be Tony Abbott? Interesting parallels