International Women’s Day Lunch Venue Highlights Lack of Understanding from the Government


WTF__by_UndineCGThere are times when you hear something so utterly stupid in the news that for just a moment you assume it’s a comedy skit or satire.  Well today was one of those days.  I wasn’t quite sure as to whether or not to save this for the Weekend Funny as in some regards it is hilarious.  However, when you look at it the proper light it really isn’t that funny at all.  In fact it says a great deal about how little our Minister For Women/Prime Minister understands about the issues relevant to his portfolio [he’s also Minister for Indigenous affairs and no he’s done nothing to assist and has in fact cut funding across the board].

So here’s the funny – the federal LNP have decided to host the lunch for International Women’s Day on March the 8th at the Tattersall’s Club in Brisbane.  The kicker here is that this club is one of the few left in Australia that is Men Only [well really it’s rich white conservative men only].  Hilarious right and yet ……….  not so much when you think about it.

Here is a government that has cut funding to Domestic Violence Support Centers, shelters and assistance packages to an all time low and telling us it was necessary due to a budget emergency left to them by the previous government.  At the same time they increased funding to ‘border protection’ and ‘stopping the boats’ by 129% growing from $118 million to $3.3 billion dollars in 12 months.  On top of this they have increased funding to a variety of law enforcement agencies but only as it applies to terrorism, as well as $670 million for new measures to deal with terrorism.

a women dies every 5 daysYet in Australia figures show that the real terror threat is much closer to home with one women being killed each week due to domestic violence but the funding for this atrocity is set at $25 million a year up until 2017 where it will be reassessed with the view to reduction as for some strange reason they believe they will be able to reduce domestic violence by providing less support [yeah makes sense to NO ONE].

In New South Wales, refuges for women and children are being shut down as the state government cuts funding in an efficiency overhaul intended to replace more expensive specialist services such as women-only shelters with generic services that experts say are less likely to be used by victims of domestic violence. As with pretty much everything else, shelter services in regional communities and indigenous communities are particularly vulnerable. Women and children in regional and rural communities, indigenous women and children and disabled people are much more exposed to the risk of domestic violence [courtesy of Crikey]

On the other hand one hundred and fifteen civilian Australians have been killed in terrorist related incidences since 1978 and all but two were killed overseas, not on Australian soil and not as a result of being Australian, mainly a case of wrong country wrong time.  The last two were killed in the Sydney Siege in December of 2014 and debate is still going on as to why the event was labelled a terrorist act as the man was a known criminal who was out on bail for murdering his wife and raping a number of women.  If anything it is an example of just how unbalanced sentencing is when it comes to crimes against women and children.  The only reason it is labelled a terrorist act is because the man was ‘apparently‘ Muslim.  One of the oddities of the exchange [and there were many] was that the flag prominently displayed by all the papers was not his.  He did not enter with it.  When the place was surrounded by police he started making a number of demands – strangely the ONLY one the authorities complied with was to bring him that flag to portray. [curiouser and curiouser said Alice to the Cat.].

VAWIn direct contrast are the figures regarding domestic violence. According the NSW crime statistics in Greater Sydney alone there were 15413 domestic violence related assaults in 2013 – 2014 and yet the government of that state as well as the federal government has cut funding and closed over 100 shelters in the past 18 months.  So you can see why I’m not really up to laughing at the arrogance [ignorance ??] of this government hosting a lunch meant to highlight the achievements and changes in gender relations but also spotlight the areas where there is much ground still to be covered, in a bastion of male chauvinism.

The inner club itself isn’t available for the lunch [girl germs ‘an all]  but it does have function facilities on the premise that are used to host weddings/dinners etc.  The laughable part is when questioned about the venue the PM seemed to think it was a wonderful idea but did concede that the arrangements were made at the last minute.

girlz-768x512This government has been under fire for their vicious attacks on Gillian Triggs and the Human Rights Commission as well as their sexist language and behavior in the senate hearings.  This was obviously a last minute decision designed to shore up the leaky boat and paint them in a less misogynistic light.

In all honesty I don’t think they could have chosen a worse venue if they sat down and tried unless it would be to host the lunch in a strip club and even then as far as I know strip clubs don’t exclude women from entering.

Queensland Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman of the Labor party appeared surprised at the move by the federal LNP and I think her words sum up the situation quite well.

“Seriously? You can’t make this stuff up,” she said. “It shows how out-of-touch the LNP are and their excuse of organising the event at short notice just doesn’t stack up, because International Women’s Day is held on the eighth of March every year. “They would have had plenty of warning it was coming.”

 

27 thoughts on “International Women’s Day Lunch Venue Highlights Lack of Understanding from the Government

  1. “This was obviously a last minute decision designed to shore up the leaky boat and paint them in a less misogynistic light.”

    Well, if that’s the case, it hasn’t worked. Holding a woman’s day event in a men’s only club is insulting.

    Unbelievable. Yet, true.

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  2. If you replaced “Brisbane,” “LNP,” and other regional terms with “US” and “GOP,” you’d be describing our alarmingly regressive, misogynistic, ignorant, warmongering American Congress, with Republican’s running both the House and Senate (and they still can’t agree on anything; Jon Stewart of The Daily Show aptly described House Republicans as the “turd” clogging the toilet plumbing to change).

    You have to laugh once in a while or you’d sob 24/7. Peace and good luck!

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    • Yeah the whole laugh or cry thing comes up often at the moment. There is so much going on that is so wrong morally and yet it doesn’t seem to penetrate that we’re talking about people not statistics and governments just continue on without really paying any attention to what’s being said. So peace and good luck to you also.

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    • Oh yeah saw that, still recovering from the brain freeze such conflicting statements caused. Honest to goodness I thought it was all a joke at first but NO it’s real lord and lady help us. Quick question – is it just me or do you think he’s coming undone – mental health wise – as in for real not just poking at him??? To me he’s been acting off for awhile now and worse since the spill – it’s like he’s cracking up.

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  3. Reblogged this on Dolphin and commented:
    Don’t think because this is Australia that it’s not happening here in the U.S. It is…times ten.
    If anyone missed it, see the latest of the rape culture — Curt Schilling’s daughter the object of verbal abuse after he posted a pic of her on his website.

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  4. Unbelievable. Some genius decided it would make them look BETTER to hold this at a men’s club, as if that made it appear like women were ACCEPTED (when they’re really not). Nothing will be better for women until there are well over 50 percent women in decision-making positions. Women will always need protection from aggressive men until we’re no longer seen as weaker or sexual prey. Next we’d need to be able to enter all the jobs that are not considered “men’s” jobs without barriers and paid commensurately in order to be free from dependence. Our general situation is a mess over here, and violence against women seems to be rising alarmingly, but I can’t help thinking that Michelle would throttle Obama for doing something like that:0)))

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    • Our PM is so completely out of touch with reality that I’ve begun to wonder if he is actually a little unbalanced. I don’t like his politics but that’s just the way things are each side has their own agenda but he’s become more and more erratic and his decisions don’t make sense from any political perspective when you look at them as a whole. Even his own party is trying to dump him as leader.

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  5. Excellent post Jenni. Such a typical male response to violence against women – reduce funding and hold a party in a men’s club. Yuck! What idiots.

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