An Open Letter to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Women

9 Mar

Much of what is genuine discrimination, as well drawn in this article, are considered as societal normatives and not viewed as discrimination by the very people to whom this letter is addressed. Tony Abbott, as Minister for Women, now identifies as a ‘feminist’ without any understanding of what that actually means, believing his PPL scheme is proof enough despite wide debate and doubt about its efficacy or sustainability and with its obvious flaws in equity. Michaelia Cash, the Assistant Minister for Women, does not identify as a feminist because she believes in woman AND men, thereby demonstrating her ignorance of what feminism is. As a wider example of the government generally, the Minister for Finance, Matthius Cormann, considers the subject of more women representatives in parliament as a side issue. These are not even open minded people in government, but people with defined views broadly at odds with a large proportion of the population they presume to speak for. I believe, cannot believe anything else based on the evidence, that both the Minister and Assistant Minister for Women’s commitment is to entrench the status quo either where it is now or where it once was before so much was gained. In the end, it is not up to these two individuals, nor to the current Coalition Government, it is up to us the people of Australia to change the system to ensure the equality of all society advances not regresses.

The Red Window

I am concerned that as the Prime Minister and the Minister for Women, your narrative suggests a very poor understanding of women’s issues in Australia……..This is a letter I have sent to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Women today.  I have published this as an open letter as I would appreciate feedback and discussion on these points. Many things have occurred in Government since this statement was made, but I haven’t forgotten the Prime Minister and the Minister for Women’s comments on 3AW in September and I am posting this to bring this back into the minds of people who care for and fight for equality for women. I will update you with a response, if I receive one.

Update: International Women’s Day 8th March 2014.  I sent this via land mail to PM & Minister for Women, Tony Abbott, cc copies to Senator Moore and Senator Cash…

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