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  • Budgie Anne Summers is right to say that actions are more important than words. And I commend JB's commitment to gender empowerment. I just wish women like Salma Hayek, Bishop and others would honour the sacrifices and battles fought by women over the decades that called... – Nov 19, 1:27 AM
  • ronsman You don't really understand what violence is, do you? "Shirtfront" is violence, it lives it, it embodies the philosophy that "violence will fix it". That's not what real leaders do, in any context Hang in there, David. I hope you get better. – Oct 21, 10:40 AM
  • David Black Any actual examples of violence, ronsman? (Apart from "Wall-Gate," which seems to have never happened.) – Oct 21, 9:39 AM
  • ronsman Yes, David, it is suggested that Tony Abbott is into violence. He has displayed it all his life and continues to offer violence as a means of negotiation. That's not leadership, it's weakness. There is no calumny here: he is what he is, and is... – Oct 21, 8:58 AM
  • David Black A classic case of Abbott Derangement Syndrome. How is it possible to link Tony Abbott's "shirtfront" remark, silly as it was, to a hideous case of domestic violence? Is it suggested that Tony Abbott is into domestic violence on this, or any other, any level?... – Oct 21, 8:40 AM
  • Leo Ryan I worked as a counselor for more than 20 years in Adelaide and Canberra from the late 70s dealing primarily with domestic violence. In my view very little progress has been made, due mainly to this issue being approached from a narrow perspective. Many of... – Sep 14, 3:41 PM
  • Larraine Larri I think it time for women of NSW (& probably all of Australia) to start crowd-sourcing & funding the services we need. Its unbelievable that this de-funding can occur and that we are still at the whim of mindless governments. Crying and shock; pleading with... – Sep 03, 9:42 AM
  • lakoris I am so sorry for what you had to go through but I firmly believe this is not the same case for the rest of us who have left the convent. Forgive...let go and let God do the judging...move on. I shall keep you in... – Aug 31, 1:06 PM
  • WarrenRoss This is happening across the state as Baird's team implements the Gary Sturgess vision of social services as business model. Many services in the Blue Mountains have been decimated and handed to the big church run services where you pass up 30% pay for the... – Jun 29, 2:25 PM
  • Mieke Minkjan Even at late notice I would like to listen to your lecture – Jun 29, 11:42 AM
  • Sally Morrison Running away and staying safely away is surely an imperative for women and children who are subjected to Domestic Violence. Elsie was the best initiative of the 70s women's movement. It addressed problems never faced by the likes of Pru Goward - real problems, daily... – Jun 29, 11:21 AM
  • Glenys Buselli The question is can a NGO effectively run women's refuges? I don't want to get caught in the divide and conquer aspect to this. What past information resources will they use? Will their reports on their efforts be transparent and available to the public? What... – Jun 29, 10:26 AM
  • paul walter I give the article a raucous cheer for a couple of reasons. One is the revelation of yet more Tea-Party thinking permeating Tory decision-making here; eg chaplains instead of trained counsellors for schools involving a "moralising" component. The other, parallel, issue goes to the neoliberal... – Jun 29, 5:45 AM
  • Lynn Vernon Today our organisation, in deep shock and distress, became one of the many closures. After 30 years of providing support and shelter to women and children escaping domestic violence we have foundered on the rocks of this ‘corporatisation' of service provision. Blue Gum Housing is... – Jun 28, 10:32 AM
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Forget the F-word, action is what counts

Forget the F-word, action is what counts

Frankly, I don’t give a damn whether or not Julie Bishop calls herself a feminist.

What matters is what she does, as a woman and for women. And it’s a great shame that because the recent cacophony about the “f” word has occupied so much media space, there has been little – I could find none – examination of her actual record.

In fact Bishop has put her name to a number of significant policies and viewpoints that I, as a feminist, can make no argument with.

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Damned Whores and God’s Police Ebooks

Damned Whores and God's PoliceFinally, after being out of print since 2008, Damned Whores and God’s Police is now available as an e-book, and on sale through this website.

I have been struck by how many requests I have been getting for the book in recent weeks.

Very gratifying to know it is still talked about and that people still want to read it.

The e-book includes the original 1975 editions, the new material from the 1994 edition (including the controversial Letter to the Next Generation) and the 2002 edition Time Line of Events of Women in Australia’s past and present. And an original new cover by artist Gria Shead from her exhibition of paintings about the book.

All for $9.95. Please take a look.

No room for violent talk when families are still suffering from sins of the father

Illustration by Simon Bosch

The week before our Prime Minister promised to “shirt-front” the president of Russia, I was at the gravesite of a man who hit his wife so hard she went through a door.

The man was my grandfather, on my father’s side, and the woman he assaulted was his wife, my beloved Nana. When this man died suddenly, aged 51, in 1935, his wife and two sons bought him a hole in the ground but that was all.

In early October his five surviving grandchildren gathered at his unmarked grave in the Catholic section of Adelaide’s West Terrace Cemetery, where he had lain unloved and unlamented for 79 years.

We had decided to give him a headstone.

We did it, not because we had forgiven him his violence but because we have chosen to confront it.

I did not expect that as we grappled with his behaviour and its impact on our family, our country’s political leader would be using a metaphor that suggests roughing someone up is the way to express anger or disagreement.

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