Women’s group banned from office for ‘trans-exclusionary’ views by MP whose ex-wife is now a man 

Andrew Wilkie has banned Women Speak Tasmania from using taxpayer-funded photocopying facilities in Hobart.

Source: Women’s group banned from office for ‘trans-exclusionary’ views by MP whose ex-wife is now a man  | Daily Mail Online

Evangelical churches believe men should control women. It can lead to domestic violence

Evangelical churches place religious doctrine over the safety of women.

Traditional understandings about male headship, both in the family and the Church, were promoted as being ordained by God. This meant the authority of men and the subordination of women were considered to be “permanently binding” principles.

Conservative evangelical Christians enthusiastically embraced this as a form of resistance against the feminist movement, and still support these “permanently binding” principles today.

Considering gender inequality is a well-known driver of domestic violence and abuse, peddling women’s subordination as being ordained by God is placing the safety of conservative Christian women at risk.

Source: Evangelical churches believe men should control women. It can lead to domestic violence – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Transgender lobby group Rainbow Rights Watch swamps Press Council with complaints

The Australian Press Councils resources are being swamped by a little-known transgender lobby group responsible for almost half of all complaints lodged against the nations major media outlets.

A Press Council meeting last month was told 165 of 387 complaints that had been active for more than 17 weeks had been lodged by the outfit’s two directors. The lobby group has two directors — Claire Southey, 40, and Lilian Dean, 41, documents filed with the corporate regulator reveal. Both work in IT-related roles for major companies, according to their LinkedIn profiles.

The Sydney-based group has become a headache for the press council — swamping it with complain­ts about reporting on transgender issues. The group keeps a low profile but appears to be single-handedly trying to shape reporting on transgender issues by tying up the media in complaints that take many executive hours to resolve. The council’s constituent mem­bers will meet today to discuss the body’s handling of issue­s related to the transgender community.

The press council has been dragged by Rainbow Rights Watch before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, accused of discriminating against transgender people by treating the group’s complaints less favourably than equivalent claims from refugees, Muslims and others. The dispute was referred to NCAT by the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.

News.com.au editor-in-chief Kate de Brito said this week the press council seemed “determined to censor the media from using the word ‘transgender’ ”.

Daily Mail Australia managing director Peter Holder said his organisat­ion was a committed press council member but was “becoming increasingly concerned and frustrated” by the way it was “being held to ransom by a small but well-drilled group which appear­s to oppose any use of the ‘T word’ ”.

The flood of complaints is understood to be draining the Press Council’s limited resources.

Source: Transgender lobby group Rainbow Rights Watch swamps Press Council with complaints

Evangelical churches believe men should control women.

Evangelical Christian churches say a man’s authority is in God’s plan. The belief that men control women breeds domestic violence.

The effect of evangelical Christianity on women’s vulnerability to domestic violence is yet to be measured through a comprehensive survey in Australia. But the extensive reporting on domestic violence in the evangelical Sydney Anglican Diocese challenges harmful and stubborn attitudes that place religious doctrine over the safety of women.

This resistance to cultural change is also shown by teachings on the permanence of the marriage covenant, another way women are potentially trapped in violent marriages.

Considering gender inequality is a well-known driver of domestic violence and abuse, peddling women’s subordination as being ordained by God is placing the safety of conservative Christian women at risk.

Source: Evangelical churches believe men should control women.

Documents prove Japan forced Australian women to be wartime sex slaves

Sex slaves provided to Japan’s army during World War II included women from Australia, Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines as well as Japan according to Documents seen by Kyodo News service show that Japan’s WWII government played a role in providing sex slaves, including Australian women, for Japan’s soldiers.

Source: Documents prove Japan forced Australian women to be wartime sex slaves | The New Daily Documents prove Japan used Australian women as sex slaves

Queensland tribunal’s treatment of domestic violence victim a ‘disgrace’

Exclusive: hearing date for case in which a police officer leaked victim’s details was changed at last minute on request of police.

“This seems to be the way our justice system works,” said Renee Eaves, a victims’ advocate and police data misuse victim who is supporting Julie. “If you have access to lawyers, you get accommodations that other people don’t.

“Right through this process it has been stacked against the woman representing herself and quite frankly it’s a disgrace.

“[The tribunal] is supposed to be the ‘people’s court’. Yet they accommodate the police no questions asked because they claim it would be unjust to not be able to have a particular QC.

“The fact they then can’t understand that a mother who is representing herself might need more than a day to arrange to be there, or that she might not be prepared, speaks volumes about how disconnected these decision-makers are from real people.”

Any compensation Julie could receive from the tribunal is capped at $100,000. She says she incurred costs far greater after she twice moved her family in fear after her details were leaked.

Source: Queensland tribunal’s treatment of domestic violence victim a ‘disgrace’ | Australia news | The Guardian