Why caring about caring matters!

Caring about caring is a feminist issue.

Proceeding from the Harvester Judgement of 1907, basic working wages in Australia were essentially constructed to cover the reasonable needs of a family.  This placed women and children in a position of dependence and women’s work was relegated to a space outside national productivity accounting.  Working women were not offered the basic wage as social norms at that time expected that this was supplementing the husband’s already adequate wage.  Women were actively prevented from many higher paid jobs, and maternity leave was irrelevant  as women were expected to cease working once pregnant.  In 1919, women’s wages were set at 54% of the male basic wage which only rose to 75% in the 1950s (Hearn 2006).

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Close the Gap – Demand Indigenous Health Equality!

March 20 marks Tweed Shire’s annual Close the Gap event.  I will be attending.

Why the Close the Gap Campaign is important.

Close the Gap is a human rights movement, whereas Closing the Gap is a whole-of-government approach to addressing the discrepancies in health, education and employment status between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian citizens.

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A reproach to those who left lessons of the past unheeded

The slash and burn predictions, based on recent State experiences, for a National Coalition Government appear justified with the release of the First Phase of the Commission of Audit’s report: Towards Responsible Government.

It seems the most vulnerable are systematically being abandoned by a Government with a Darwinian, colonial ‘survival of the fittest’ ethos.  The economy, itself the product of colonial white supremacist thinking, is most certainly the prime target for governance, rather than the people of this country.

Who are you that have elected a democratic government to represent the interests of the nation’s financial institutions, it’s miners and it’s most wealthy?