Vikki Campion guest post. Ministry of tokenism

MINISTRY OF TOKENISM AND SELF-OBSESSION (#ME TOO)

With seven of nine suicides each day being male, where is our Minister for Men? If the scales are tipped so profoundly to male benefit that we need 12 ministers for women in Australia, why is there this distorted and profoundly sad statistic?

Life is defined by circumstances far beyond the gender lottery, but if you listened to the quota fanatics drunk on the “all men are rapists” cocktail, you wouldn’t think so.

Polling reflects men — not women — walking away from the Coalition because we have fallen into a perverted Alice in Wonderland trap of false reality where everything is hopeless for women and wonderful for men.

We have come a long way from how society viewed unmarried mothers in baby-farming colonial days. Single mums no longer pay people to take month-old infants because they cannot provide for them. The gender pay gap in the NSW public service is a minuscule 0.7 per cent. It’s illegal to pay a man differently from a woman for the same or similar job.

The freedoms women enjoy in Australia are directly related to the sacrifices that were made by PNG women 76 years ago, where rates of gender-based violence rate amongst the worst in the world.

The mothers of PNG gave up their sons to defend our nation and help our soldiers fight against Japanese forces. As their daughters are persecuted as witches, tortured and burnt alive, where are our protests and marches? While they suffer in communities where lone police in rural hills can be bribed and bullied by the mob frenzied on a witch-hunt, unable to do anything but watch as girls endure hot iron rods inserted in their bodies, Australian commentators whine about being “triggered” because something that happened to someone else in Parliament House makes the news.

Comfortable classes push workplace sexual harassment and political representation as our fault lines when the bigger issue is far more insidious and has no HR complaint system.

There’s no black eyes — it’s an epidemic of domestic abuse, often financial and verbal.

Where are our 12 ministers for women, four federal and, if you count the Minister for Equality, two in Victoria and one in every other state and territory?

Unless there is a department, a minister is little more than a token title bestowed upon a scavenger scurrying under the fridge to find budgetary crumbs from the real ministries. They wear a rank yet command phantom troops.

Women’s issues, in government terms, primarily fall into three camps: justice, social services and health. But Ministers for Women, hamstrung by a lack of dollars, spend time on awards ceremonies, cheap empowerment projects, and the odd report written with freely available ABS data, when what they need — funding and regulatory or legislative change — comes under the auspices of ministers with actual executive power and a budget to match.

The Walgett doctor dealing with a breech baby in a hospital with its caesarean capacity removed, forced to make his own kit of surgical tools, would be a good “women’s issue” for the NSW Health Minister, as would the NSW Coroner’s 24 reforms for police, firearm regulators and courts following the murder of Olga Edwards’ children by their father.

Women’s ministers are tasked with working across budget silos when their position would be redundant if those who held executive power over them just did their jobs.

We must shred gender roles to allow true equality. Men can cook and clean and cry. Women can do business and toughen through trauma instead of submitting to a narrative of internalised victimhood driven by those making tea on the frustrations of their lives.

Destroying gender roles means acknowledging how far we have come — where, unlike many of our sisters in PNG, we are not forced into food cultivation and child-rearing, but instead are taught to read and write and allowed to choose our own paths. If you want more women in politics, give women a reason to want political life. Civility would make an interesting change.

Good potential candidates for the coming Upper Hunter by-election have shied away from putting up their hands, scared of what will be eked from their past or what they could be accused of in future in this environment where natural justice no longer exists and an accusation is a determinant of guilt.

It will be a rare creature who sees their life so devoid of colour and immune to assault that they will make it in this new time of morality, where we expect politicians to be far more pious than we ever could be, where we care so much about a clumsy grasp at affection in first world parliaments yet ignore the humanitarian cries of our nearest neighbours.

 

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40 Responses to Vikki Campion guest post. Ministry of tokenism

  1. Mango Man says:

    Not sure what Rafe Champion is railing against. My impression is that quite a few examples have emerged of unacceptable violence against women in situations far removed from those he describes. I cannot, for example, understand why a rape can occur in a Federal Ministerial office in Parliament House and yet no action was taken either at the time or subsequently. This and other issues that are now public suggests that our national political culture is actually quite a long way short of acceptable.
    The young woman who is Australian of the Year seems to me to make valid points and to have a very strong character despite what clearly has been a traumatic experience with a person of trust.
    I has never occurred to me to base community standards in Australia today with those of PNG.

  2. Rossini says:

    I cannot, for example, understand why a rape can occur in a Federal Ministerial office in Parliament House and yet no action was taken either at the time or subsequently.
    Has this been proven?

  3. Rockdoctor says:

    My 2c worth on Upper Hunter, Mayor of Singleton would have made a good high profile candidate in the upper hunter by-election. However they went with an unknown guy from up near Scone who is euphemistically a construction manager, for a Sydney company that has family links to one of the big construction giants.

    Hard to not believe there was lobbying going on behind the scenes as I am told Sue Moore was expected to win preselection. She is part of a farming family with her husband, still involved outside time and actually has done quite well here as Mayor. I expect the Nat’s will loose this one.

  4. Tim says:

    I cannot, for example, understand why a rape can occur in a Federal Ministerial office in Parliament House and yet no action was taken either at the time or subsequently

    You forgot the “Alledged”. You may not also have what actually happened

    Consider this. Im not saying this is exactly what happened.

    Lets say 2 employees when to a nightclub, both had to much to drink and decided to go back to the bosses office for some nooky on the leather. They jumped into a taxi and where dropped off at the bosses office. Not having their access cards they put the heavies on security and where allowed into the bosses office. They both walked in to the bosses office freely, had a bit of nooky, the chap leaves and goes home the chick decides to settle in for the night, wakes up and leaves the next morning. The boss finds out, hits the roof, calls in the cleaners, then calls in the chap and the chick. The chap goes in first, gets the rounds of the kitchen and is sacked, he walks out and tells the chick he was sacked. The chick doesnt want the sack and goes into the bosses office and gets the rounds of the kitchen and suddenly thinks up an excuse of rape. The boss offers to help her lodge a police complaint, she is reluctant to go to the police …………. the chick gets a relationship with a staffer on the other side of politics and low and behold the hole sordid affair ends up in the media…….

    Its about time we were all told the truth, what ever that may be. But maybe that wont fit the narrative.

  5. Notafan says:

    ‘We can shred gender roles’

    No we can’t.

    Women don’t stay home to cook and clean and cry (should men be trained to cry instead of do, please not).

    They stay home because attachment to A primary caregiver called MUM is essential to a child’s development, not many or various, but one single, known, loved.

    Take that away and you have ruined children*.
    *Romania’s orphanages in the 80s are stark testament to that.
    And yes sometimes mum isn’t there for other reasons I know, but that should always be the rare exception

    The cooking and cleaning are incidental, and the crying, yeah sure.

    I absolutely disagree that the solution is more women in politics and stay home dads.

    Saying the correct standard in politics is civility/afternoon tea manners is bollocks, why should how some women pretend to behave be societies’ benchmark?

    Honestly I’m looking forward to a chamber of politicians crying to get their own way, very much.

    Question time will be brilliant, lots of flouncing.

    And who ‘submits to a narrative of internalised trauma’ whatever that is?

  6. Roger says:

    With seven of nine suicides each day being male, where is our Minister for Men?

    Great opening….more power to her pen!

  7. min says:

    Tom , you are forgetting that the security guard checked at 3am and saw her lying naked on the couch. I wonder who took her clothes off and why she did not report it when she signed out at 10 am .
    Evidently Mango Man is not up to date with the evidence to date and the fact no one has been investigated .
    Also it was a Vicki Campion article , my beef is why go to PNG when Jacinta Price will tell you what’s going on in our own backyard .
    Now on to what is happening to boys these days . Jordan Peterson wrote a book to help young men that sold 40 million copies . His second book just out hit top seller on Amazon and no 1 in Australia so he has certainly tuned into the needs of this cohort.
    As some one who worked to get equal wages as I did the same job as a teacher and was paid a third less and also to get judges retrained re rape cases I am dismayed by the millennial feminists who are not only regressive but will end up stuffing up all of society.

  8. Baa Humbug says:

    Mango Man says:
    April 10, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Not sure what Rafe Champion is railing against.

    The article is by Vikki Campion, Rafe just posted it to the Cat. It’s right there in the title.

    I cannot, for example, understand why a rape can occur in a Federal Ministerial office in Parliament House and yet no action was taken either at the time or subsequently.

    Oh OK, now I see why you jump to conlusions, you’re one of those “make an ass out of u and me” blokes.

  9. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    She is her Father’s daughter.

    More power to their arms. 🙂

  10. calli says:

    Yes, nota. There were some weaknesses in her argument, probably because she is a product of her generation’s indoctrination. Understandable, but needs to be pointed out. I can’t see Barnabub falling down in a blubbing tantruming heap. And if he does, she should sell tickets.

    She was clever citing excesses in PNG. The immediate response is “well, that’s PNG. Couldn’t possibly happen in Australia”. Oh, really? There are places in Australia where extreme violence against women and girls is everyday stuff.

    All in all, an interesting article.

  11. Roger says:

    Yes, nota. There were some weaknesses in her argument, probably because she is a product of her generation’s indoctrination.

    That aside, she has an ability to cut through.

    Long after bad arguments are forgotten, things like her lede will stick in the memory.

  12. Notafan says:

    Im sorry not sorry calli

    I want decent mature men who’ve worked, run successful businesses and raised a family and then decided to enter politics because they want to represent their local people to run the country.

    Not someone who thinks it is their turn because gender.

    In fact my daughter was telling me about a local member in qld who entered politics after regularly chewing Barnaby’s ear til Barnaby said what are YOU going to do about it

    Might have been Trevor Watts.

  13. Notafan says:

    Maybe Roger but if the end result is women pretending to run the country, civilly of course we will be worse, not better off.

  14. Roger says:

    Might have been Trevor Watts.

    Returned against trends with an increased majority at the last state election after a particularly nasty campaign from Labor, iirc.

    Not exactly a safe seat, either.

  15. calli says:

    Can’t fault your ideal CV nota.

  16. Roger says:

    Maybe Roger but if the end result is women pretending to run the country, civilly of course we will be worse, not better off.

    Vickie needs someone to educate her.

  17. Roger:

    With seven of nine suicides each day being male, where is our Minister for Men?

    Great opening….more power to her pen!

    Yes, great opening, but then it just fizzled out with irrelevancies.
    Vicki – you are a brilliant writer and would be an asset to any right of centre magazine or tabloid. I never miss one of your letter/articles.
    But what the hell?

  18. Shy Ted says:

    We need far fewer politicians and public servants. Those who remain have to deregulate and free the economy.

  19. Eyrie says:

    Might have been Trevor Watts.

    Met him a couple of times. A disgusting slob. The ALP must be clueless in Toowoomba North.

  20. BorisG says:

    Good article. But PNG is not Australia. We can cry for their suffering and express outrage (and we should!), but we cannot make much of a difference, for they are an independent nation. We can impose sanctions until they reform etc but this might be counterproductive as they will surely turn to China (or the govenrment collapses and then next one turns to China).

    At the end of the day, it is for PNG people to solve.

  21. Snoopy says:

    The ALP must be clueless in Toowoomba North.

    Numbers the pro bono campaign director?

  22. yarpos says:

    “I cannot, for example, understand why a rape can occur in a Federal Ministerial office in Parliament House and yet no action was taken either at the time or subsequently.”

    pretty simple really , you have to establish that something actually happened in a court, not just accept that the media can lynch people. Working with facts rather than preconceived ideas and biases is a god start.

  23. MatrixTransform says:

    Geez Boris, seems like you have top-down solution for everything.

    oh, and btw good on you for missing the point being made.

    maybe not such an achievement … you do seem to be pretty good at it.

  24. Jannie says:

    The juxtaposition of Oz and PNG, who saved us from the Japanese and shredding gender roles, for the Hunter by election has confused me. Maybe I am too stupid to join up the dots, or maybe half of this article is missing.

  25. Rex Anger says:

    Nah. Vikki is using the PNG example to shut the race hustlers up pre-emptively.

    Remember that you invite only howls of outrage if you are white and speak of the taboos and shibboleths the blaktivists, whinja-ninjas (ht/ Anthony Dillon of Quadrant) and assorted rent-seekers want all Australians firmly distracted from…

  26. NoFixedAddress says:

    Vikki

    I love your articles for the range of responses they draw if nothing else. LOL

    The obvious answer for Australia’s Parliaments, as with PNG, compulsory sex re-assignment surgery.

  27. “I cannot, for example, understand why a rape can occur in a Federal Ministerial office in Parliament House and yet no action was taken either at the time or subsequently.”

    This may not mean what the author (Mango Man) thought it meant.

  28. Terry says:

    The question is not where is our Minister for Men?’ but why are there ministers for women?

    “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.” – you know who.

  29. Simple Simon says:

    We must shred gender roles to allow true equality.

    Simply a false argument, and one which undermines the author’s intellectual and political credibility.

  30. johanna says:

    Vikki is a very promising and talented journalist. Once upon a time, she would have had sub-editors and old hands in the newsroom to help her professional development.

    Unfortunately, that is all gone and therefore people like her are out on their own, swimming in a sea of ignorance.

    It would be great if one or two of the old hands linked up with her to give her a few tips and even run the ruler over her drafts.

    Tom, any suggestions?

  31. egg_ says:

    The “She’ll be right!” ads on TV ignore the male side of the equation, quelle surprise!

  32. egg_ says:

    ‘where is our Minister for Men?’ but why are there ministers for women?

    Precisely.

    All lives matter.

  33. egg_ says:

    women pretending to run the country

    Folk grew sick of Gillard’s “misogyny” victimhood cries – school kids throwing sangas on a number of occasions, even.

  34. Bad Samaritan says:

    C’mon Man, we all know the go….

    Chicks crave compliments and attention: like being told they are alluring babes that no man can resist. Then, after the deed is done and the scoundrel leaves them lying naked on some couch, they get the shytes big time. They’ve been scorned, and their fury is about to outdo what goes on in hell.

    OK, so multiple thousands of sheilas are angry that they’ve been “misused”. Of these a few thousand go whining to the cops. Of these, 90% are immediately known to be BS artists and nothing more happens. 10% harangue the cops to charge the mostly real victims (70-80% of the guys, who get off) and then it’s proved that some miniscule number of accused actually committed a crime and they are convicted.

    So what’s the whinge all about? 98% of these wannabe bunny-boilers are fantasists, or disappointed, or liars, and we need a special Minister of State for this?

    WTF?

  35. Nato says:

    Thanks for this piece. It was really fun to think over the implications.

    Twelve bureaucracies; covering all state and federal jurisdictions; to be created overnight; as a redundancy to existing budget silos; but will have the full powers of a federal court; because the percentage of population actively promoting evil is so high; the government needs the proper resources to cure society by discarding our most fundamental axioms.

    It’s an absolute crisis which we absolutely have to deal with. I don’t know any of those demons and no one here knows them personally, because they’re out there being bad and they didn’t spend 3 years at university writing and thinking what the powerful men and women in those places told them to and they are bad and so full of bad hate they need to have their gender roles shredded.

    “Gender” in language makes for much more expressive speech, but no matter the context, gender only exists as a social construct. There are two biological sexes and zero genders or an infinite number of genders. Gender does not exist outside your mind. Its first use as an indentity-defining trait was in 1955 when Dr John Money cut the penis off a teenage boy and filmed him simulating sex acts with his twin brother. This is the only moral foundation for a noble society.

    The coroner’s first recommendation in the Edwards inquest, para 577: ‘I am of the view plainly, questions in licensing applications ought not be framed in terms of orders made by “the Family Court”. Broader language should be adopted such as “family law proceedings” or “orders made under the Family Law Act”.

    We need t0 be protected from Australian men who actually do cook and clean and cry.

    We will never have a Australian will never be unified around a culture until our strong independent women can finally lean on a dependable government to engage in business without trauma.

    If the government removes the equipment, says “not here, not ever”, and Australians start DIY-ing surgical tools to do the thing in that place, you might be well served by setting some time aside for expectation management.

    Please revisit not only your grand scheme, but keep up with the programmatic specificity. Men and women have similar suicide attempt rates, so will you be providing advanced training to the live ones, hiring an expert in equity of suicide? The best option remains to charge death with his insistence of the old and busted chauvanism. You will need to shut death down for braking the gender laws.

    Government work isn’t for everyone and a sharp mindset is crucial.

    3 personal personal characteristics, you will need for a 21st Century government crusade

    You have no intentions of intervening in any particular cases. You have no intentions of contributing more to finance these government sector employees than a mother on the run from her abusive husband. You have no intentions to release anyone from their legal duty to pay regardless of their circumstances.

    I’m behind you 100% WE are the future.

  36. Albatross says:

    This post is a mess.

  37. Notafan says:

    Perhaps we just need a return to the Golden Rule.

  38. jupes says:

    We must shred gender roles to allow true equality.

    Just no. Gender roles are necessary for a return to a civil, rational society.

  39. Roger says:

    We must shred gender roles to allow true equality.

    It takes 12+ years of modern education to reach that conclusion.

  40. Karabar says:

    Vikki is a very talented writer and produces some excellent work.
    While her intelligence and alluring writing style are evident here, it is possible that this article deserved a few more hours’ work.
    Surely “Barnaby’s Right” could have been available to proof read and suggest some subtle changes? Or perhaps Dad?
    In any event, it is a pleasure to enjoy such a professional approach, and I am sure that future articles will just get better and better.

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