Fed Up With Feminism Speaking Tour

A message from Bettina Arndt:

Hi Everybody,


Some people reading this will be unhappy after the recent election result, but I feel Australian men have dodged a bullet in avoiding a Shorten government.


Many of Labor’s policies on gender issues were extremely alarming, starting with Shorten’s promise last year of “no more budgets for blokes.” There were so many issues where Labor was promoting further discrimination in favour of women. I was amused by Labor’s recent promise to introduce gender neutral resumes on job applications in the public service. Obviously, their policy advisers didn’t know the public service had already conducted research on gender neutral resumes. They assumed this would help women but, in fact, it was men who were advantaged by this move – proving there& #8217;s now systematic prejudice favouring women. So, the public service dropped the idea and was pretty funny to see it re-surface during this election.


Most frightening for me was Tanya Plibersek’s promise to remove funding from universities that failed to do more about the rape crisis, which meant bullying them into adjudicating rape cases on campus.


Of course, it’s true that the Coalition has also been very keen to kowtow to the feminists. I was disappointed last year when government ministers reached out to me seeking information about male victims of domestic violence but then caved into pressure from the domestic violence industry and awarded huge amounts of more funding only to female victims.


Perhaps the solid support the Coalition received from ‘quiet Australians’ will encourage the government towards more even-handed policies rather than pandering to the small, noisy feminist lobby. I was encouraged to see ScoMo on International Women’s Day saying that: “We want to see women rise. But we don’t want to see women rise only on the basis of others doing worse.” Maybe one day he will dare to name men as the group increasingly worse off.


Fed up with feminism speaking Tour


It’s been very frustrating not being able to work in past weeks due to the broken collarbone and ribs that resulted from my cycling accident. You’ll see me, complete with sling, in my next video, being posted sometime next week.


It has, however, given me a chance to think about what else I want to do this year. I’m continuing my campus tour and have talks at a number of universities coming up. It also looks like we’ll soon have a verdict on my complaint to Sydney University about the protests against me.


I’ve decided it may be a good time for me to also reach out to the quiet Australians, the men and women who have had enough of divisive gender politics. I’m proposing to do a fed up with feminism speaking tour, travelling widely, and encouraging ordinary people to get involved in achieving genuine equality.


I’m finding that there are women everywhere concerned about what is happening to men in Australia and feel there will be no problem in attracting audiences of older women worried about their adult sons, grandparents who have lost contact with their grandchildren, men and women everywhere who are alarmed about the demonisation of men. I’m pitching this particularly at women because it’s so hard to get men to come along to such things but women will often come in groups and bring men along too.


My plan is to use FanForce which is an organisation which usually enables people to screen movies in local areas but this time will be helping with my speaking tour. I used FanForce to organise screenings of Cassie Jaye’s movie “The Red Pill” two years ago, after feminists tried to ban it.


If you would like to host an event for me FanForce will help you find a local venue and teach you how to make it all happen. Ideally it would be best if you were part of a community group which could help publicise the event – it’s quite hard work getting bums on seats for these talks. But I will work with you to get local media coverage, as my main goal is to promote more community discussion of these issues.


Please contact me if you feel you like to be involved. I’ll provide more details as soon as they are available.


Cheers, Tina

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Shake-up to scrap shared parenting

Attorney-General Christian Porter.
Attorney-General Christian Porter.

Courts would no longer be forced to consider equal time for both parents and a new system of state courts would be set up, as part of the biggest proposed overhaul of the family law system since the Family Court was created almost 45 years ago.

In a 583-page report released yesterday, the Australian Law Reform Commission warned federal family courts “may no longer be fit for purpose” and said the existing model, in which litigants bounced between federal and state courts, “fails to meet the needs of children and families”.

The report reveals 45 per cent of families that proceed to a final family law judgment in the Federal Circuit Court are being referred to state child welfare agencies.

As previously revealed by The Australian, the ALRC has urged the government to create a new system of state courts that could deal with federal family law and state-based child protection and violence matters.

Law Council president Arthur Moses said Attorney-General Christian Porter’s failure to share the report with senators when urging them to support his plan to merge the two existing federal family courts was a “breach of trust”. He said convincing the states to create and fund new courts would be “like herding cats”.

Mr Porter said the government was “committed to ending unnecessary costs and delays for families” and he had asked his department to consider the report.

University of Queensland dean of law Patrick Parkinson said the proposal to create new state courts appeared radical but made “a great deal of sense”. He said existing federal court buildings could be used and current family law judges could be given dual commissions as state judges, to enable them to deal with state-based family violence and child protection matters.

However, others said unwinding the federal family court system would be like “unscrambling 1000 eggs” — and that obtaining the agreement of the commonwealth, state and territory governments, as well as judges, would be a “herculean task”.

Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston said “handballing” the problem to the states would not fix anything and the situation in Western Australia, where state family courts already existed, was no better than anywhere else. She said a multi-disciplinary team should be set up to investigate child abuse allegations.

The ALRC has also controversially recommended overhauling shared parenting laws introduced by the Howard government in 2006. It called for the scrapping of section 65DAA, which requires judges in certain cases to consider whether children should spend equal time, or substantial and significant time, with each parent.

Lone Fathers Association’s Barry Williams warned the government would “see the biggest demonstration they had ever seen” from parents if it tried to remove the section.

Professor Parkinson, one of the architects of the Howard government laws, said he would be “happy to see it go” — however, he wanted the shared parenting laws to retain recognition that the best interests of children were met by both parents having a meaningful involvement in their lives.

Other proposals in the report were aimed at reducing the cost and delay to families of using the system. These included a new duty on litigants and lawyers to co-operate and to resolve disputes as quickly, inexpensively and efficiently as possible. A breach of this duty would result in the person being forced to pay the other side’s legal costs.

Opposition legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus said Labor would consider the recommendations carefully.

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