Australian women win landmark vaginal mesh class action against Johnson & Johnson

The Australian class action against companies owned by Johnson & Johnson – watched closely across the world – was won on behalf of 1,350 women who had mesh and tape products implanted to treat pelvic prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, both common complications of childbirth.The devices all but ruined the lives of many. Women have been left in severe, debilitating and chronic pain, and often unable to have intercourse. The vast majority also suffered a significant psychological toll.

Internal emails revealed a doctor enlisted to trial the products warned he would “not like my wife to undergo this procedure” and did not think he would be “alone” in that view. The doctor is now earning royalties from their use, the court heard.

Separate emails placed before the court showed a callous and disturbing attitude among some French gynaecologists involved with the company. One suggested doctors advise women to try anal intercourse if they experienced pain during sex.

Source: Australian women win landmark vaginal mesh class action against Johnson & Johnson | Australia news | The Guardian

Old white men dominate school English booklists. It’s time more Australian schools taught Australian books

We compiled a list of the 15 most commonly cited books taught by English teachers we surveyed.

Most works on this list are written in the past, by male British or American writers. Most of these have formed part of the school literary canon for generations. There are only two texts by women, Hinton and Lee, and no texts by Australian women, migrant Australians or Aboriginal writers.

In response, colleagues and I have partnered with the Stella Prize (a literary award for Australian women writers) to develop the teacher-researchers project.

Source: Old white men dominate school English booklists. It’s time more Australian schools taught Australian books

Plan for tax-deductible child care is on the table, but there is a catch

Families would be able to claim child care costs of up to $60,000 a year as a tax deduction under a proposal to be launched on Tuesday.

The plan would represent a windfall gain if it was extended to cover nannies and in-home care, which is not covered by the existing childcare rebate system for most families.

However, the report’s authors Rosalind Dixon, Richard Holden and Melissa Vogt recognise that tax deductibility offers little benefits to low-income earners.

Source: Plan for tax-deductible child care is on the table, but there is a catch

Extreme trans activists are “dangerous” – YouTube


, Cate McGregor – former Australian Defence Force Group Captain, now Army Reservist, “I am a transsexual, I do not claim to be a woman which makes me a heretic straight away…I am an old school transsexual like Carlotta” Following from Cricket Australia’s release of the their transgender sport policy Cate said ‘transsexual and transgender people should not play at elite level in sport’. Cate said if transsexual people meet certain criteria at a community level that is OK. Cate was part of the AHRC and Cricket Aust process on trans inclusion in sport and “resigned in protest and walked away.” At a national cricket meeting Cate attended “people were so intimidated by identity politics I was the only person in the room who was able to voice any objections..”. Cate has been dropped as the ABCs poster ‘girl’. “I am very happy to be at war with the trans movement. I think they are dangerous and some of the ideology they are purporting is sinister and frankly at odds with a lot of what trans people think. This cabal mainly based out of Victoria does not represent most trans people.” They speak for no-one but themselves.” I don’t believe children are eligible for surgery…..I opposed the safe schools program when it came out…”

Strip searching laws ‘should be clearer’, says NSW Deputy Coroner

The inquest into six deaths at NSW-based music festivals has found that there should be limitations on strip searching, and that its legality “should be carefully reviewed”.

RLC head of police accountability Samantha Lee said: “We know strip searches are causing great harm to the community and now we have the Deputy State Coroner confirming that this invasive practice is having a devastating impact on young lives.”

“The proposed changes recommended by the Deputy Coroner are far from radical, but merely reflect parliament’s original intent that such an invasive procedure be only utilised in the most exceptional of legal circumstances.

Source: Strip searching laws ‘should be clearer’, says NSW Deputy Coroner – Lawyers Weekly

How we are failing victims of Family Violence

[ed: or How to maximise your compensation payout in a patriarchy]

Tip 1

[I]f you want to maximise compensation for personal injury you should ensure you are injured at work, or in a car accident, or at least in circumstances where you can bring a public liability claim against an insured organisation. Even for sporting injuries in NSW, the maximum amount payable as a consequence of a single incident is $171,000 which exceeds what is available to you as a victim of crime.

Tip 2

If you must be a victim of a criminal assault, you should avoid being assaulted in NSW, where the financial assistance available is the lowest in Australia.

Tip 3

The next tip is to ensure that your assailant is a stranger rather than someone who is well known to you, such as an intimate partner or other family member.

[S]tudies indicate that intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in Australian women aged 15 to 44.58 It would therefore appear that compensation schemes which are skewed to assist victims of crimes committed by a stranger are skewed to assist male claimants rather than women.

Tip 4

Ensure its a one-off assault with visible physical injuries, not ongoing abuse over years causing psychological injury.

Tip 5

The final tip is to ensure that you are a capable adult rather than a child or person with a disability or other vulnerability and that you, or those who care for you, have the capacity and presence of mind to report the crime to police and health services and lodge a claim within the prescribed time limit. Of course, if they are the perpetrators of the violence against you, this is particularly problematic.


Rather than empowering women to leave violent and abusive relationships by providing an effective compensation scheme or at least adequate welfare payments and supported accommodation, avenues of financial and practical support for women are being increasingly restricted. Meanwhile, the government is instead backing microfinance arrangements to assist women to leave abusive relationships, knowing full well that these will leave women further indebted into the future despite being touted as life-saving. This systemic refusal to fairly compensate women for the impact of male violence on their lives or to provide them with any viable means of escape is truly the patriarchy at work.

Source: Printed-Final_Kerr.pdf

Courageous, inspired a generation

Dr Beatrice Faust, AO (1939-2019): Founder of the Women’s Electoral Lobby

Dr Beatrice Faust (known as Bea), feminist, political campaigner, journalist, author and academic, died on October 30 at the age of 80, after becoming ill at her home in Churchill, Gippsland.

Bea was one of the first women to campaign for civil liberties, abortion law reform and sex education. In 1966 she co-founded the Victorian Council for Civil Liberties, mainly to campaign against censorship laws. She was best known for being the founder of the Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) in 1972.

Beatrice Faust with her novel "Women, Sex and Pornography" in 1981.

Source: Courageous, inspired a generation

‘Parental alienation’: the debunked theory that women lie about violence is still used in court

Parental alienation is wielded by fathers’ rights groups and continues to have credibility in the family law system, writes Zoe Rathus.

Source: ‘Parental alienation’: the debunked theory that women lie about violence is still used in court


Street theatre and domestic violence might sound like an unusual combination.

However the Restore our Refuge group and community members took to Taree’s streets today to honour the dozens of women who have lost their lives in domestic violence incidents in 2019.

Currently, the Manning Valley does not have refuge for women and children fleeing violence at home.

Flowers were laid while a local choir sung, in an attempt to highlight the issue.