Monday, December 12, 2016
The Workforce Gender Equality Agency: More men to be recruited as teachers and nurses -- but how?
This is undoubtedly a desirable outcome but legislating for it is not likely to achieve much. There were once quite a lot of male teachers in the schools. I was taught by six of them that I can remember. Where have they gone? They have gone where a lot of capable female teachers have gone -- to more pleasant employment. The undisciplined rabble that teachers in Australia's government schools are often confronted with is a pain which anybody with options would avoid. A restoration of discipline, including corporal punishment for chronically unruly kids, would be the first step to getting more male teachers.
Even that, however, could have quite limited results. Because in the present climate of political correctness, any male engaging in teaching is a huge risk-taker. There have been in recent years too many instances of disgruntled teenage female students making false complaints against male teachers after getting a poor grade or some other beef.
And the treatment of the male teacher in such circumstances has usually been abominable -- with no regard for proper judicial procedures and standards or other protections for the falsely accused teacher. Even the utterly basic presumption of innocence is often denied, with feminist influence insisting that the presumption of truthfulness must be given to the female students. And even after exoneration does finally occur the teacher is still usually left with a shattered life.
Reviving the presumption of innocence would greatly improve the situation and matching all publicity to the publicity given to the complainant would also have a major effect. If the complainant insists on public anonymity, the accused should get that too. One imagines that false complainants would be particularly likely to demand no publicity of their identity so suppressing the identity of an accused teacher would be particularly appropriate in those circumstances.
I have no firm comment on men becoming nurses even though I have met and talked with the occasional "Mister Sister" over the years. I have however heard reports of feminazi nurses finding ways to harass male colleagues -- with false reports etc. That has had distressing results to the harassed males. Once again, insistence on proper judicial proceedings and standards in assessing any complaints would go a long way to achieving a just outcome
MORE men will be recruited as teachers and nurses, as Australia’s sex equality watchdog pushes for "bloke quotas" in schools and hospitals.
The Workforce Gender Equality Agency — the federal government body set up to promote gender equality and equal opportunity at work — wants affirmative action to bring more manpower to the "caring professions".
Agency director Libby Lyons called for male recruitment targets to smash the "industrial and occupational segregation" which brands teaching and nursing as "women’s work".
"Set a target," she told The Saturday Telegraph. "That’s how you get cultural change."
Ms Lyons, a former teacher, said boys needed male role models in schools, where four out of five primary teachers and 58 per cent of high school teachers are women.
"Until we encourage more men into teaching we’re not going to see little boys feel more secure and thrive as we do little girls," she said.
"There’s no diversity of thought or innovation happening there in the classroom if we are solely relying on females, particularly in primary school."
Ms Lyons called on schools and hospitals to mimic the mining and rail industries, which set quotas to hire and promote women — and even banned blokes from applying for some jobs — in an effort to feminise the workforce.
She said children were "like sponges" in primary school and picked up on "innuendo and habits and culture" from teachers. She did not want any of her future grandchildren "being taught in schools just by women".
"I’m a woman. I like things that females like — but also let males project who and what they are as well," she said.
Ms Lyons also wants more men in nursing, given nine out of 10 nurses are women. "We need to challenge the norm that says men cannot care," she said. "Men can care — and do the job as well as women," she said.
State Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said he would "like more male teachers in our classrooms" but ruled out targets.
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said teachers were role models.
"Ideally we would have both men and women providing outstanding examples to boys and girls in their schools," he said.
Politically correct and risk averse Victoria Police ensure crime thrives
It took an attempted carjacking of a former assistant police commissioner for Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews finally to take his state’s soaring crime rate seriously.
Two weeks ago former detective Noel Ashby was ambushed by four "aggressive African males" who tried to force his Mercedes off the road. Just another day in the socialist state of Victoria, where carjackings and violent home invasions are a constant fear.
So Andrews and police commissioner Graham Ashton last week announced a $2 billion recruitment of 3000 new police officers.
But it won’t matter how many cops they hire, the politically correct, risk-averse culture of Victoria Police will ensure crime thrives.
Crooks and thugs are free to run riot, while police obsess about gender, racism and LGBTI. Rapists prowl, gangs brawl, losers brazenly smoke bongs in CBD parks, drunk drivers speed away from booze buses, while police are busy cracking down on racial abuse on Facebook, or denouncing "language" crimes by Eddie McGuire that "demean women".
Victorians accept a level of lawlessness unheard of in Sydney. It’s a lesson to the rest of the country how quickly life turns sour when you neuter your police force with politically appointed commissioners, and when your justice system is at the mercy of a judiciary stacked with human rights lawyers and former union functionaries.
After Melbourne’s iconic Moomba Festival fireworks in March, Sudanese members of the fabled Apex gang brawled with Pacific Islanders in Federation Square, forcing people to cower behind locked restaurant doors. Only four people were arrested.
When pot-smoking protesters fired up their bongs at a picnic in Flagstaff Gardens this year, police didn’t just turn a blind eye; a spokeswoman condoned the event as "freedom of expression".
When two officers tested positive to drugs on duty a few years ago, not only were they not sacked or charged, but a spokeswoman described their drug use as "no surprise".
No surprise former commissioner Ken Lay is the poster boy for drug decriminalisation. "We can’t arrest our way out of this", he says, which is true if you don’t even try.
Victoria Police don’t enforce the law on union picket-lines, either, but stand sentry in implied solidarity.
And, after a law suit for "racial profiling" young African men, street police now are required to issue "receipts" to anyone they talk to, in a humiliating, time-wasting farce.
Then there is the joke of police chases, restricted last year so 145 a month dropped to five. Crooks just have to step on the gas.
There’s no point wailing about African refugees as if they pose some sort of novel crime challenge. Wrongdoers have been empowered by a police force which has neglected its responsibilities for a decade.
As a result, Victoria’s crime rate keeps rising — up 12.4 per cent in the past year. It’s now the nation’s murder capital.
But the problem is not, as Andrews pretends, a shortage of police. Victoria has more police per capita than NSW, which boasts the lowest crime rate in 25 years. NSW has 218 police per 100,000 people, versus Victoria’s 258.
Victoria has half the imprisonment rate of NSW, a higher victimisation rate and a lower reporting rate for most crimes, a good indication people have lost faith in police.
Even more telling, in the western suburbs of Melbourne, residents are banding together to protect their neighbourhoods with DYI security. Locals in Caroline Springs call it "Criminal Springs" because of the brazen carjackings and home invasions. Fed up with the lack of police protection, they patrol their streets themselves.
But instead of being mortified by this vote of no confidence, Ashton told radio 3AW the patrols should stop "because it becomes vigilantism".
When Jill Meagher was raped and murdered in Melbourne four years ago, no one knew how complicit police and legal authorities were in the crime that shook the nation. Adrian Bayley had been convicted of raping eight women, yet was free on parole. He is suspected of raping at least 16 prostitutes in 2000, but the rape squad wasn’t interested. His DNA, taken in 2001, was lost by the hopeless police forensics lab.
Instead of locking up crooks, Victoria Police have become do-gooder agents of social change. Last year they embraced the gender scolds of the Victoria Human Rights Commission who made the usual "shocking" claims of entrenched sexual harassment and discrimination.
When he’s not pondering gender quotas, Ashton reserves his zeal for a self-serving vendetta against Catholic Cardinal George Pell, which wins plaudits from the ABC.
Rather than playing sectarian games and pandering to identity politics, Ashton might try doing his job. Better yet he could resign.
Outrage over gay protocols for crises
Victorian government funded researchers will investigate the specific experiences and needs of LGBTI communities in the event of an emergency.
Gender-neutral bathrooms in crisis evacuation centres and tailored support services to address perceived discrimination against gay and transgender communities are being canvassed under a push to develop "LGBTI-inclusive" emergency management policies.
Victorian government funded researchers will investigate the specific experiences and needs of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) communities in the event of an emergency, such as a bushfire or flood, amid broad questioning about the Andrews government’s increasingly radical social agenda.
The initiative follows research commissioned by several women’s health organisations claiming that disaster impacts are "heightened for LGBTI people".
The decision to investigate these issues in the context of disasters such as the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire catastrophe and the 2010-11 Queensland floods has raised questions about the qualification of some academics to inform emergency services social policy.
The new research project will be managed by La Trobe University’s Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria and the Gender and Disaster Pod, an initiative of Women’s Health Goulburn North East and Women’s Health In the North.
Centre for Independent Studies senior research fellow Jeremy Sammut said the concerning issue with such projects was that they were often run by academics with limited frontline experience.
Dr Sammut cited the example of the 2014 Sydney Lindt cafe siege, in which Muslim radical Man Haron Monis took 18 people hostage. Monis and two hostages were killed. A recent inquest heard evidence that the NSW police command was concerned with the social and political ramifications while trying to secure the release of hostages. "The risk is they can end up diverting crucial services from the core mission, which is to protect the safety of everyone in the community," Dr Sammut warned.
Noel Ashby, a former assistant commissioner for Victoria Police who forged strong links with the LGBTI community during his 35-year career, expressed concern that policies singling out special-interest groups could have a negative impact on the ability of emergency services to respond to a critical incident. "Operational matters should never be coloured by sexual orientation or race or gender," Mr Ashby said.
"In an emergency scenario, time is often critical and to have further considerations can only prolong decision-making and can hinder the response.
"The key issue must always be the broader issue of safety of all."
Emergency Management Victoria commissioner Craig Lapsley received a backlash on social media this week after he promoted the study, which is seeking survey participants.
Mr Lapsley said research in NSW and Queensland had indicated that LGBTI community members caught in an emergency had difficulty in accessing emergency and support services and faced marginalisation or exclusion. "Our interest in this Victorian research is in understanding if this is the same here and how we can better understand and improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTI Victorians after emergencies," he said.
According to the explanatory statement accompanying the study, "understanding LGBTI marginality, vulnerability and resilience helps contribute to inclusive and effective emergency management policies".
The survey will ask participants about their experiences in an emergency; what assistance they needed and what was offered; whether they felt their sexual orientation or gender identity had an impact on the quality of service; and whether they felt discriminated against. Respondents will also be asked to comment on "an ideal response".
La Trobe’s Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria, which also manages the contentious Safe Schools program on behalf of the Victorian government, has been working with GAD Pod, providing training to help emergency services personnel understand issues specific to LGBTI communities. In a video posted to the group’s website, Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria chief Liam Leonard says that in an emergency there is often a blanket assumption that victims are heterosexual or, if not, they are "out" about their sexuality, and have family support.
"For many LGBTI people, that’s not the case," he says.
The project comes off the back of research commissioned by GAD Pod that found disaster impacts were heightened for LGTBI people. "The usual procedures to secure residences and rehouse those affected by disaster are accompanied by additional privacy concerns and risk and experience of discrimination," says the report, Gender and Emergency Management Guidelines: A Literature Review, which was released this year.
"The space of evacuation centres, for example, may be experienced as a space of risk by same-sex couples who fear homophobic responses from personnel or other evacuees. The lack of privacy in these centres, particularly in bathroom facilities divided only into a male/female binary, is often highly problematic for transgender individuals."
The review pointed to previous research that found LGBTI victims of the Queensland floods reported exacerbated anxiety resulting from having to hide their sexual or gender identity from emergency workers and volunteers, or stay with people who were not accepting of them.
Victorian Emergency Services Minister James Merlino last night defended the initiative. "We need to make sure all members of the community are prepared and supported when a disaster or emergency strikes," he said. The research project was dismissed by the state opposition as another example of the Andrews’ government "dividing communities".
Anger over welfare for multiple wives
Conservative MP Cory Bernardi says the payment of Centrelink spousal benefits to the wives of polygamous Muslim men is political correctness gone mad.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott called for action after learning about the issue, only to be told that it would cost more to pay them the single parent benefit, News Corp Australia reported on Sunday.
Centrelink said it did not hold data based on polygamous relationships or religion. The Islamic marriages are religious unions that are not registered.
"We are always told the data is not kept. I think that is a convenient excuse," Senator Bernardi told News Corp.
"(T)he lack of will to confront some individuals who seek to apply a different law to themselves means politicians are afraid to speak out."
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann dismissed the story, saying the government doesn't recognise multiple marriages. "The proposition that somehow the government is authorising polygamy, that is just completely ridiculous," Senator Cormann told Sly News.
He also rejected the suggestion the government was refusing to crack down on such payments because of some sort of political correctness motivation.
He said there are only two options for these payments - a single parent payment, which is higher than partner payments.
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