Katy Gallagher says only 30 of 500 frontline gendered violence jobs filled – ABC News

Federal Minister for Women Katy Gallagher defends the government’s eligibility criteria for its leaving violence payment and says states and territories have only filled 30 frontline gendered violence roles ahead of a target to fill 352.

In 2023, the federal government pledged $169 million over four years to fund 500 new frontline workers to assist people who had experienced family, domestic or sexual violence.

Last week, the ABC reported that with only weeks out to the deadline, no state or territory was on track to meet the target for workers.

The minister for women and finance said the last figure she saw for the number of workers was 30, noting staff recruitment issues.

“So the money is there. I think the states’ view is they’re having issues with recruiting. But [Minister for Social Services] Amanda Rishworth has been working with her state and territory colleagues to really try and get these workers in place as soon as possible.

“They’ve signed on to [an] agreement to have the vast majority of them employed in the first half of this year, but they are saying that staff and recruiting staff is an issue.”

[Ed: All this money wanting to be spent and yet FLC continues to be unfunded, without an office and operated entirely by volunteers stretched to the limit. Furthermore, the Women’s Court Support Service has been defunded and now evicted from its office by the Sydney Family Court at the end of last year after providing its free service for well over a decade. The Court says they need the space for Judges although when we last looked in March the space was still vacant and unused.]

Source: Katy Gallagher says only 30 of 500 frontline gendered violence jobs filled – ABC News

Why bullies earn more later in life – Lawyers Weekly

Professor Emilia Del Bono, one of the study’s authors, stated: “We found that those children who teachers felt had problems with attention, peer relationships and emotional instability did end up earning less in the future, as we expected, but we were surprised to find a strong link between aggressive behaviour at school and higher earnings in later life.”

The study really highlighted the fact that, strikingly, conduct problems, such as aggression, are found to be positively related to earnings. This means that children who held aggressive behaviours in their youth, or were considered bullies, were more likely to land a better-paying job later in life, which, in a roundabout way, is almost a reward for this behaviour.

According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, bullying is when “people repeatedly and intentionally use words or actions against someone or a group of people to cause distress and risk to their wellbeing. These actions are usually done by people who have more influence or power over someone else, or who want to make someone else feel less powerful or helpless.”

There was a direct link made in the research that tied aggressive behaviours with trying to “win” in a competitive environment. The authors considered that the positive association between conduct problems and labour market outcomes meant that a reconsideration of discipline policies within schools needed to occur.

“It’s possible that our classrooms are competitive places and that children adapt to win that competition with aggression, and then take that through to the workplace where they continue to compete aggressively for the best-paid jobs. Perhaps we need to reconsider discipline in schools and help to channel this characteristic in children in a more positive way,” said Del Bono.

Enabling is a key theme across the report. We are trained from a young age to “win at all costs”, which creates those adaptive mechanisms that can embolden bullies and aggressors.

[Ed: Did the study control for sex?]

Source: Why bullies earn more later in life – Lawyers Weekly

2500 older Swiss women just landed a massive climate victory – Women’s Agenda

Older women face a greater risk of death from heatwaves in Australia and all over the world as a result of global inaction on climate change.

Now, a group of 2500 such women in Switzerland have brought the issue into sharp focus, by fighting and winning a landmark case in Europe that links climate inaction to human rights violation.

The group won their victory overnight in the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled Switzerland had violated the rights of the older Swiss women by failing to deliver a decent strategy for cutting emissions.

This win will have ramifications throughout Europe and the world, inspiring others to take action through the courts and pushing governments to consider their obligations to citizens further.

Anne Mahrer, Co-President of the Swiss Senior Women for Climate Protection, said following the ruling that it comes after nine years of fighting for climate justice, with the support of Greenpeace.

“After the Swiss courts refused to hear us, the ECHR has now confirmed that climate protection is a human right,” she said.

Source: 2500 older Swiss women just landed a massive climate victory – Women’s Agenda

MONA ordered to allow men into ‘Ladies Lounge’ after discrimination complaint – Pulse Tasmania

MONA has been ordered to allow men into their ‘Ladies Lounge’ exhibit after a man complained about being excluded from the women’s-only space.

New South Wales resident Jason Lau lodged a discrimination complaint against the popular Tasmanian museum, which was upheld by the Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The tribunal has given the museum 28 days to “cease refusing entry to the exhibit known as the Ladies Lounge at the Museum of Old and New Art by persons who do not identify as ladies”.

Tribunal Deputy President Richard Grueber said in his published decision that the case “involves conflict between an artwork which deliberately and overtly discriminates for artistic purpose and legislation which has the objective of prohibiting discrimination”.

He said Lau visited MONA in April of last year, paid the $35 entry fee and entered the museum – but was “not permitted entry into the Ladies Lounge was because of his gender”.

Grueber, in his comments, also criticised Kaechele and her 20+ female supporters for their conduct at the hearing, saying the way they left the tribunal building while dressed in blue power suits and dancing to Robert Palmer’s Simply Irresistible was “inappropriate, discourteous and disrespectful and at worst contumelious and contemptuous”.

MONA stated last month in a statement that their lawyers were prepared to fight and take the matter to the Supreme Court if necessary.


Source: MONA ordered to allow men. into ‘Ladies Lounge’ after discrimination complaint – Pulse Tasmania

Gender inequality ‘shrinks women’s brains’

Gender inequality may shrink women’s brains, new research suggests.

A global study by Oxford University which looked at brain scans of more than 7,800 people found significant brain thinning in women living in countries with fewer female rights and male-dominated cultural norms.

In countries where there was greater gender inequality, such as India, Turkey and Brazil, the thickness in the grey matter of the right hemisphere of women’s brains was between three to five per cent thinner than men’s.

However, in Scandinavian countries such as Sweden and Finland, there was no significant difference between the sexes, with women showing greater volume than men in some areas.

Even in Britain, researchers found around 0.5 per cent thinning in the right hemisphere of the brain in women which they say could be attributed to gender inequality.

Women living in societies with high levels of gender inequality experience greater adversity, and this could negatively impact their brain development.

University of Oxford and Associate Professor in the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile, said: “Our analysis suggests some sex differences in brain structure are associated with the adverse social environment under which many women live.

“These changes were particularly located in brain regions involved in the control of emotions and that are also affected in stress-related disorders such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“We, therefore, think that what we are seeing is the effect of chronic stress in women’s brains in gender-unequal environments. Stress affects neurons’ connections, which we would then see as thinning of the grey matter cortex in MRI studies.

“However other mechanisms could also be involved, such as the effect of reduced opportunities including education in women’s brains, leading to lower development of connections.”

Gender inequality can take many forms, including women being prevented from getting an education, being forced into child marriage or suffering gender-based violence.

Source: Gender inequality ‘shrinks women’s brains’

FA summoned to explain failure to ban transgender players in women’s football |UK

The Football Association has been summoned by the Government to explain why it has not banned transgender women from the female game.

The England & Wales Cricket Board will also be held to account next month over its own policy governing those to have been through male puberty during a roundtable arranged by the Culture Secretary.

A day after Lucy Frazer urged the FA and ECB to seriously explore banning trans women from female-only competitions, Telegraph Sport can reveal she has written to sporting bodies asking them to attend a roundtable on April 15 to discuss their approaches to the safeguarding of women and girls in competitive sport at all levels.

“Attempts at trans inclusion cannot come at the cost of competitive fairness and the safety of women and girls. And it is not possible to reconcile self-identification with competitive fairness and safety in every sport, especially where those born male have a physical advantage. This is common sense, and it is government policy. We have consistently pressed national governing bodies to prioritise common sense policies that reflect our position.”

Those invited to next month’s roundtable include sporting bodies that have updated their trans guidance, such as Swim England and British Cycling, as well as those still reviewing their policies, such as the FA, ECB and England Netball.

Source: FA summoned to explain failure to ban transgender players in women’s football

Affordable housing for trans women to be built in Darlinghurst

Sydney’s first dedicated affordable housing project for transgender women is set to be built in Darlinghurst, in Sydney’s inner-city.

“I am proud the City of Sydney is helping to provide affordable housing to trans women, as part of a sale of surplus residential property,” Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore wrote on Instagram. “Trans women are some of the most vulnerable people in our society, and often face rejection and isolation from their families of origin and the broader community.”

In May of last year, NSW Premier Chris Minns tasked government agencies with identifying surplus land and selling them to organisations working to provide housing for those in need. This excess land scheme was part of his attempt at improving housing supply in the state.

Homelessness for all women, particularly older women, in New South Wales is a massive issue. Last year’s census delivered shocking statistics showing a 48 per cover rise in homelessness for women, with a massive 78 per cent rise for women aged 65 to 74.

Domestic and family violence is one of the main drivers of homelessness, with the latest data from Homelessness NSW showing that, in 2020 and 2021, only 3 per cent of women fleeing violence received the long term housing they needed.

Homelessness NSW Trina Jones has told Women’s Agenda that the state “is the second lowest funded service system in the country and has the second highest rate of homelessness.”

This is “because they physically do not have enough people and resources to help the volume of people who need support,” she said.

Source: Affordable housing for trans women to be built in Darlinghurst

Six months of paid parental leave approved by Senate

The government’s expansion of paid parental leave to 26 weeks has passed the Senate today and will become law.

It means from 1 July this year, more than 180,000 families will benefit from an extra two weeks of leave (22 weeks in total). This number will then increase to 24 weeks from July 2025 and 26 weeks from July 2026.

The changes are designed to encourage families with two parents to share the care, with four weeks reserved for each parent.

With the changes to paid parental leave now approved, the next step for the government is to legislate its recent announcement that it will pay superannuation payments to those using the government-funded paid parental leave scheme.

Source: Six months of paid parental leave approved by Senate

Artist behind Mona’s ladies-only lounge ‘absolutely delighted’ man is suing for gender discrimination | Mona | The Guardian

The creator of an art installation that has become the subject of a formal anti-discrimination complaint says she is “absolutely delighted” that the case has ended up in Tasmania’s civil and administrative tribunal.

Kirsha Kaechele’s installation Ladies Lounge opened in Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in 2020, and sees women who enter the space being pampered by male butlers and served champagne while being surrounded by some of the museum’s finest pieces of art. Those who do not identify as women are not permitted entry.

On Tuesday, the performance piece expanded beyond the subterranean halls of the museum on Tasmania’s Berriedale Peninsula, with New South Wales man Jason Lau seeking justice in the tribunal over the museum’s alleged discrimination against some visitors.

Kaechele, whose husband David Walsh owns Mona, said she was an “artist who works in the world and I tend to engage life as a medium”.

The opportunity to extend the performance aspect of Ladies Lounge was embraced by the artist and 25 female supporters, who entered Tuesday’s tribunal hearing wearing a uniform of navy business attire. Throughout the day’s proceedings, they engaged in discreet synchronised choreographed movements, including leg crossing, leaning forward together and peering over the top of their spectacles. Apart from the gentle swish of 25 pairs of nylon clad legs crossing in unison, the support party remained silent. When the proceedings concluded, the troupe exited the tribunal to the Robert Palmer song Simply Irresistible.

During her defence, Kaechele ran through a timeline of Australian women’s lived experience of discrimination and exclusion, including being barred from working in the public service sector once married, and receiving lower pay than men for the same work – something Mona’s own management had engaged in up until 10 years ago, the artist pointed out in her evidence.

Lau argued that denying men access to some of the museum’s most important works (there is a Sidney Nolan, a Pablo Picasso and a trove of antiquities from Mesopotamia, Central America and Africa in the women-only space) is discriminatory. Kaechele said that was the point.

“The men are experiencing Ladies Lounge, their experience of rejection is the artwork,” she said.

An experience in a pub on Flinders Island several years ago, when Kaechele and a girlfriend were advised by male patrons that they would feel “more comfortable” retiring to the ladies lounge, inspired the work.

Kaechele admits the museum has amassed a “large file” of complaints over Ladies Lounge. But apart from the current case, only one other complainant has sought formal redress.

Mona’s lawyer Catherine Scott told Guardian Australia the case was an unusual one because the artwork was both a physical entity – a lounge – and a piece of performance art.

“There is the participatory element of allowing women and denying men,” she says.

Mona’s legal team will be relying on the tribunal’s interpretation of section 26 of Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act, under which a person is permitted to discriminate against another person in a situation designed to promote equal opportunity for a group of people who are disadvantaged or have a special need because of a prescribed attribute – in this case gender.

The tribunal is expected to hand down its decision within a month.

Source: Artist behind Mona’s ladies-only lounge ‘absolutely delighted’ man is suing for gender discrimination | Mona | The Guardian

Mem’s a Boomer. Why her generation drove social change and isn’t just about house prices | SBS Insight

Younger generations often vocalise their resentment towards Baby Boomers and their inaction on climate policy, their hold on property and economic prosperity, but the work that Boomers have done to create positive changes in society is often overlooked.

By rejecting the conservative attitudes of their parents’ generation, Boomers transformed society by pushing back against social attitudes and norms and breaking taboos.

How Boomers fought against the stigma of single motherhood

When Tricia Harper returned to Australia from London in 1969 as a single mother with her baby daughter, she opened Melbourne’s The Age newspaper and read an article that stated the bottom groups on the social ladder, which included derelict men and unmarried mothers.
Harper had been living independently and working as a teacher when she decided to resist the intense societal pressure at the time to give her baby up for adoption. She kept her daughter Ruth despite family and friends voicing their disapproval.

This disapproval motivated Harper to group together with other unmarried mothers to form a group, The Council for Single Mothers and her Child, that would advocate for change.

“We wanted to abolish the illegitimacy … we wanted to change the Family Law Act, and get better child support payments. They were some of our key goals, as well as moving to eliminate stigma, get rid of labels,” Tricia said.

Source: Mem’s a Boomer. Why her generation drove social change and isn’t just about house prices | SBS Insight