Firm remains entitled to sack lawyer over Defence Department criticisms

The sacked lawyer led a government-commissioned review in 2011-2012 into physical and sexual abuse in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The review found numerous cases of abuse inflicted on boys as young as 13 from the 1940s until the 1980s.

He then gave several interviews to Fairfax Media, now Nine, where he said that ADF was “failing victims”. At the time, HWL Ebsworth had government clients.

“The fact that the abuse of children, women and other vulnerable service personnel in the care of the Defence Forces happened is appalling. Successive governments were very slow to remedy the harm caused,” Dr Rumble said back in September.

“I was sacked for speaking out for those who most needed help and urging government to take urgent action on this critical national issue.”

Source: Firm remains entitled to sack lawyer over Defence Department criticisms – Lawyers Weekly

‘Potentially dangerous’: One Nation’s tactics at family law inquiry concern women’s advocates

Zoe Rathus, an expert on family law and domestic violence at Griffith University, told the inquiry the legislated presumption of equal shared parental responsibility had proved “extremely dangerous” and acted to prevent people from airing allegations of domestic violence in the family court.

“Hannah Clarke was allowing Baxter to see the children on a regular basis,” Rathus said. “[The presumption in favour of equal shared parental responsibility] would have been part of all of the information that she will have been given. It would have been almost impossible for her to have resisted doing that.

“And if she had, it would have been very possible for him to accuse her of being an alienator, particularly as this is not a case that would have been described as aggressive violence. We know that family violence can be most dangerous when it isn’t necessarily aggressive.”

Source: ‘Potentially dangerous’: One Nation’s tactics at family law inquiry concern women’s advocates | Australia news | The Guardian

Transactivists war on reality – what they think studies show vs what studies actually show

Peer review means something, or at least it used to before the recent proliferation of dodgy journals, faked peer reviews and extreme control corporate sector exerts on research itself. Corporate interests have now infiltrated universities and teaching hospitals to such an extent, that profit-driven research is indulged by intimidating doctors into overlooking methodological flaws on account of ideological correctness, while important research is being activelly suppressed, such as the research into escalating number of detransitioners.

So while there’s no shame in transactivists not having the knowledge and skills required to critically appraise medical research, their ignorance makes them susceptible to easily believing erroneous conclusions, and the ideological indoctrination within transgender community  makes them impervious to any information that doesn’t validate their world view.

In that sense, they are no different from flat Earthers or any other political group that’s simultaneously completely scientifically ignorant and convinced they can argue with scientists on equal footing. And in the case of gender ideology, they are proving to be ideal foot soldiers who can be trusted to relentlessly promote false narratives and, thanks to their ample presence on social media, to drown any voices that dare question the transgender dogma.

Source: Transactivists war on reality – what they think studies show vs what studies actually show – la scapigliata

Dentons Law Firm Scrubs Website of Pro Bono Work for IGLYO

The largest international law firm IN THE WORLD and a mammoth media, tax and law conglomerate are advising transgender campaigners to be stealth in what they are trying to accomplish. What campaigners are attempting to accomplish, under the veneer of “gender identity” (no such thing exists in material reality) is allowing children to legally present as the opposite sex, to procure medical treatment with no medical diagnosis. The guide states that the UK should “eliminate the minimum age requirement at which children can change their legal gender on their own volition, without the need for medical diagnoses or court determination”.

Most people think the “transgender” or “gender identity” movements are about accommodating people with a debilitating condition. What is actually emerging is an industry that creates medical identities out of sex, while simultaneously deconstructing sexual dimorphism within the law.

The dangers of this deconstruction, when instituted legally, beyond what we are already seeing happen to women’s sports, crime statistics, medical statistics, sex equity in the workplace, women’s safety in prisons and shelters, and the abomination of medical experiments on healthy children, was expressed brilliantly in a recent tweet.

Source: Dentons Law Firm Scrubs Website of Pro Bono Work for IGLYO

Evidence-based spending on domestic violence is critical

The evidence based responses to preventing harm and death to women and children are ignored by government.

The international researcher into domestic violence, Dr Cris Sullivan finds that specialist domestic violence refuges are the most effective way of supporting women and children.

Millions of dollars are poured into perpetrator programs and available evidence shows a 90 per cent failure rate in changing violent and controlling behaviour.

The network of refuges across NSW dismantled in 2014 by the current LNP must be restored and recurrently funded.

Source: Evidence-based spending on domestic violence is critical | Manning River Times | Taree, NSW

Australia sold weapons to Mali as UN warned violence creating ‘humanitarian disaster’

The Australian government approved a large volume of weapons sales to war-torn Mali in the same year the United Nations warned escalating violence was creating an “unprecedented humanitarian disaster” in the West African nation.

Save the Children Australia chief executive Paul Ronalds said arms exports to nations like Mali and Somalia must cease immediately. He said there was an urgent need for greater accountability and transparency on Australia’s arms sales.“We cannot let vested interests and profits take precedence over the lives of children,” Ronalds told the Guardian.“Australians would be rightly appalled to know we were potentially prolonging devastating wars in places like Yemen and Mali, and in doing so, increasing and prolonging the suffering of millions of children.”

Source: Australia sold weapons to Mali as UN warned violence creating ‘humanitarian disaster’ | Australia news | The Guardian

The last thing women need is IWD to be a version of Mother’s Day

The chief executive of the Women’s Resource Centre, Vivienne Hayes, told The Guardian “This use of International Women’s Day by companies is part of the co-option of feminism and women’s equality into a much more mainstream position, that has led to the corporatisation of the advancement of women’s rights.”

The blatant commercialism of a day designed to highlight the very real inequity women and girls continue to face is vile. The absolute last thing any woman or girl the world over needs is a corporate version of Mother’s Day.

On Sunday Westfield Hornsby ran a promotion with a list of seven different ways women could ‘celebrate’ IWD. From getting a blow dry, to a mani/pedi, new dress or eating a pastry, I very nearly threw up.

Source: The last thing women need is IWD to be a version of Mother’s Day

How Debbie Kilroy achieves change for women and girls in the criminal legal system

Debbie Kilroy OAM is the CEO of Sisters Inside and one of Australia’s leading advocates for criminalised women and children.

If I was Premier of a State, or Chief Minister of a Territory, I would close all youth prisons immediately. I’d decriminalise minor, non-violent offences, such as public nuisance and drug possession charges, which account for the vast majority of women prisoners. Trauma is the other key contributor to criminalisation of women, with the vast majority of women prisoners having survived violence. I’d outlaw re-traumatising practices routinely practiced in Australian women’s prisons, particularly strip searching and solitary confinement. I’d ensure domestic violence legislation was gendered (for example, since de-gendered legislation was introduced, breach of DVO’s has joined the top ten reasons for women’s imprisonment in Queensland!) And, I’d outlaw mandatory sentences which do not allow the judiciary to make judgements based on the wider context of an offence. Once prisons emptied, I would close them one by one.

Source: How Debbie Kilroy achieves change for women and girls in the criminal legal system

Sticks, stones and lawsuits

Stonewall’s big policy shift came in 2015. In its “Vision for Change: Acceptance without Exception for Trans People” document, it argued that trans people have the right “to determine their own gender” rather than leaving “intrusive and demeaning” medical panels or legal experts to decide for them. It simultaneously lobbied to have an inner feeling of gender identity (in Stonewall terminology: “a person’s innate sense of their own gender, which may or may not correspond to the sex assigned at birth”) replace gender reassignment as a protected characteristic in the Equality Act; and to have non-binary identities (roughly, an inner feeling of being neither man nor woman) legally recognised. Perhaps most controversially of all, it lobbied to have exemptions for single-sex services and spaces removed from the Equality Act, so that there could be no space or resource designated only on the basis of biological sex. Goodbye, “exclusionary” bathrooms, changing rooms, and sport—or so Stonewall hoped.

A glossy Stonewall document entitled “Delivering LGBT-inclusive Higher Education” tells universities that inviting “anti-LGBT” speakers who deny “that trans people exist as the gender they say they are” causes LGBT people “to feel deeply unsafe”.

The Diversity Champions scheme now allows Stonewall to exert a chilling grip on free thought and expression about gender identity. While the government consults the public on whether to reform gender laws, it simultaneously pays Stonewall to lobby to change them.

Source: Sticks, stones and lawsuits | Kathleen Stock | Standpoint

Patriarchy and power: how socialisation underpins abusive behaviour

Coercive control is a very particular kind of domestic abuse. It’s not a “reaction” to stress, nor is it triggered by alcohol or drugs. It’s an ongoing system of control, in which the abusive partner seeks to override their partner’s autonomy and destroy their sense of self. The end game – whether the perpetrator knowingly sets out to achieve it – is to make their partner entirely subordinate; a “willing slave”. To do this, they isolate, micro-manage, humiliate, degrade, surveil, gaslight and create an environment of confusion, contradiction and extreme threat.

Source: Patriarchy and power: how socialisation underpins abusive behaviour | Jess Hill | Society | The Guardian