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Australian Government's assault on Separated Fathers

In July 2008, the media published banner headlines generated from media releases issued by the Australian Government's Minister for Human Services, Senator Joe Ludwig which includes:

Spies on dads dodging child support - Herald Sun, 23 June 2008,
"Human Services Minister Joe Ludwig announced today that undercover surveillance of parents would commence from July 1, in a bid to collect almost $1 billion in child support debt across Australia. I want child support cheats to be caught out on camera so the courts can see the truth,"

Deadbeat dads fleeing to debt-free haven - The Australian, 30 July 2008,
"Separated parents living overseas now owe around $90 million in payments to their kids back in Australia," Senator Ludwig said.

Chasing down deadbeat dads - Herald Sun, 1 August 2008,
Senator Ludwig also said “More than 20,000 separated parents are denying their children support by fleeing the country.

These mostly deadbeat dads owe a startling $90 million in child support and are guilty of a double betrayal.

Deadbeat dads don't need a visa to enter New Zealand and governments need to work together to identify and track down runaway parents.”

The truth

The one billion dollar debt level is a cumulative total incurred from the commencement of the child Support scheme in 1988/89. Over $500 million debt had accumulated by 1996/97. The Child Support Agency ( CSA ) has already been criticised by the Auditor General for using cumulative totals in their efforts to justify their performance.

Yet the CSA continues to do so, as well as ignoring false debts created using unsustainable or unrealistic income determinations. Neither can the accuracy of assessments be thoroughly checked when address details for 15% of clients cannot be confirmed. If the information were available it would be interesting to know how much of this debt is uncollectable because the payer is unemployed, disabled or deceased or the child’s circumstances have changed, but remain unacknowledged by CSA?

According to published CSA data, 96 per cent of all child support due has been paid. Read More …

DV - Male Victims

Do men get a rough deal?

National Times
January 11, 2011

Seems a bit rich these days to claim there is a ‘‘glass ceiling’’ for female jobs. Load of cobblers, isn't it? I mean, Australia has a female Prime Minister and a female Governor-General.

Has there really been discrimination over the years against mothers who work -- or against women without children?

The National Council of Women thinks so and no surprise there. I recently chatted with Victorian leader Jennie Rawther who pointed out that, among other things, women at the end of World War 1 had to give up their jobs to returning servicemen -- even though their husbands may have been killed in combat. There was no widow’s pension, nor child support.

Sounds tough but Age reader Steve Hills of Rosebud is not impressed. “There is overwhelming evidence that female health, safety and female lives were held as more valuable than men’s lives,” he says. “Men’s lives were routinely regarded as disposable. The view that women alone were discriminated against is an ignorant one.” Read More …

Moms Who Kill

Biological Mothers Murder More of Their Own Children Than Do Biological Fathers

Australian Institute of Criminology statistics show there were 270 child homicide incidents in Australia from July 1989 to June 1999, involving 287 identified offenders and resulting in the deaths of 316 children under 15.

For example, the revised National Homicide Monitoring Program 2006-07 Annual Report states 11 homicides involved a biological mother and 5 involves a biological father.

The Western Australian figures shed light on who is likely to abuse children in families. Mothers are identified as the perpetrator of neglect and abuse in a total of 73% of verified cases.

Biological mothers account for about 35 per cent of all child murders, while biological fathers account for 29 per cent
Read More …

The sexual assault that nobody saw on ABC

December 23, 2014, By John Stuart Mill

What would happen if a skit making light of rape or sexual assault was aired during a prime-time comedy show broadcast by a national public broadcaster? If the victim was female, the outcry from media commentators would be widespread and the responses from sexual assault activists and advocates would be of outrage and condemnation. In this case, however, the victim is male—and the response has been an overwhelming silence.

On December 3, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) aired a skit titled “Tatiana The Cultural Excuse Girl, Part 2, The Bedroom” as part of the indigenous comedy program Black Comedy. As part of marketing and promoting the show, the skit has also been uploaded to the official ABC Indigenous YouTube channel,[1] where it has received a predominantly positive response.

So what is wrong with the skit? Tatiana initiates sex with her partner, who is not interested. He is tired, has a headache, and has an early start at work the next day. He explicitly rebuffs her advances, saying no multiple times and demanding her to stop. After multiple attempts to get him to have sex with her, she finally emotionally blackmails him through an accusation that he is racist if he refuses. Faced with this, he submits to having sex with her.

So what is wrong with all of this?

Over the past few decades, the discussion surrounding consent obtained through intimidation and coercion has made it clear that it isn’t actually consent at all. Read More...


Oprah Show U.S.A. - 1 in 6 men victims of Sexual Assault

200 men appear on the Oprah show in 2010 to tell the public about the sexual assault of men and boys


Melbourne Men’s Rights gathering an unqualified success

AVoiceForMen.com, September 23, 2014

On Saturday, September 13, 2014, at around lunchtime, two sleep-deprived and nervous but also excited and hopeful men made their way into Melbourne’s historic Young & Jackson Hotel, ordered a pint of Guinness each, found a table in the quietest corner of the back bar, and sat down to wait.

These two men were myself (Tom Voltz) and Adrian Johnson, co-founders of Men’s Rights Sydney, and we were there to take part in the first regional gathering of MHRAs to take place under the banner of our newly launched national umbrella group, Men’s Rights Australia.

We were sleep-deprived because we had been up doing research for a future project until 1:30 a.m. the night before and had to get up at 4:30 a.m. to catch the first flight from Sydney to Melbourne; we were nervous because we weren’t sure how many, if any, would show up; and we were hopeful because if things went well it would really knock Men’s Rights Activism in Australia up a notch,spice weasel–style—BAM!

One by one, over the next hour, a series of men with unfamiliar faces but familiar names and/or voices approached the table, introduced themselves, and sat down to chat. People who went by names like Nemo, Karma MGTOW, Jim Muldoon, Bane666au, and a bunch of others, they all started to arrive, and with each arrival our nervousness dissipated and our excitement grew. We even attempted to get James Huff to join the party via Skype, but the complications inherent with mobile Wi-Fi hotspots meant that we only managed to achieve that for about three-quarters of a second before it crashed in a heap. Sorry, James, we tried! Read More...

Mens' Rights Sydney Meetings

Men’s Rights Sydney meets on the first Sunday of every month. Our next meeting will be:

Date: Sunday, 5th October, 2014

Time: 13:00 (1:00pm)

Location: The upstairs bar area of the Town Hall Hotel, Newtown NSW

The Town Hall Hotel is located right next door to Newtown railway station.

Finding Us: To prevent new members from having to ask people potentially awkward questions, we ensure that at least one member is wearing a white T-Shirt with our blue “Waving Man” logo on it. Look for someone wearing that shirt & you will find us.


One third of domestic violence victims ( ALL MEN ) denied services

Voice for Men News, September 15, 2014

Following last week’s launch of Our Watch – a new national initiative aimed to prevent violence against women and their children – the One in Three Campaign has released a new analysis of the latest Australian data on male victims of family violence.

Senior Researcher Greg Andresen said, “We are very glad to see violence against women being taken so seriously by the Australian Government. However we are extremely concerned that one third of victims of sexual assault and family violence are excluded by One Watch and its sister organisation ANROWS simply on the basis of their gender.”

The analysis of the ABS Personal Safety Survey and the AIC Homicide in Australia, 2008–10, published today by One in Three, challenges the claim that the vast majority of family violence is committed by men against women and children. Using the same data sources as Fact Sheets recently released by ANROWS, the new data analysis paints a very different picture of gender and family violence in Australia.

“The statistics presented by ANROWS have been designed to over-inflate female victimisation by using lifetime experience of violence instead of current rates, while downplaying male victimisation by taking only the female perspective,” said Mr Andresen.

“75 males were killed in domestic homicide incidents between 2008-10. That’s one death every 10 days,” said Mr Andresen. “1.2 million Australian men have experienced emotional abuse by a partner, almost half a million have experienced violence by a partner and almost a third of a million have experienced violence by a girlfriend/boyfriend or date. Where are the services for these men and boys?”

The vast majority of domestic violence services in Australia are closed to males. There are no shelters for men and their children, no safe rooms or legal support at courthouses, no community education and prevention programmes, no support groups, no perpetrator programs for women or health service screening tools for men.

One in Three is calling upon the Australian Government to comply with its international human rights obligations and provide programs and services for male, as well as female victims of family violence. Read More...


Herald Sun 

Sydney fireman John McGirr accuses Virgin Airlines of discrimination against Men

The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun, by Phil Jacob, August 11th, 2012

VIRGIN Airlines has been accused of treating men like paedophiles, after it made a man swap seats because he was seated next to two minors.

Sydney fireman John McGirr, who wrote an online blog post titled "My Virgin experience as a Paedophile", was on board a flight from Brisbane when he was seated next to two males he estimates were between 8 and 10 years old.

Just before take-off Mr McGirr was approached by a flight attendant, who asked him to move seats because the company's policy states that men cannot sit next to unaccompanied minors.

"She said it was the policy and I said, 'Well, that's pretty sexist and discriminatory. You can't just say because I'm a man I can't sit there,' and she just apologised and said that was the policy," Mr McGirr wrote in a blog online.


Mother to repay wrong man's child support

The Daily Telegraph, by Shelley Hadfield, October 08, 2011

A MOTHER has been ordered to repay child support to a man she claimed was her son's father after he discovered he cannot conceive.

For nine years the man believed the child was his after what he says was a "one-night stand". He told a court he believed the mother manipulated the situation.

The woman was ordered to repay the $3,730 he paid.


Minister for the Status of Women stated to the House of Representatives on 25 May 2011: 'Surveys undertaken a few years ago by VicHealth found that 46 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement that "women going through custody battles often make up claims of domestic violence to improve their case". Forty-six per cent of respondents agreed with this.'


Sydney Morning Herald Poll - 2 out of 3 people believe that father protestor's action was justified in trying to get help for his children - Parental Alienation

On May 13, 2011, just after 5am,  Michael Fox, a father, parked a hired truck near a pylon on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and climbed to the top of the arches.

The 38-year-old ex-military father protester unveiled two banners, reading "Kids First" and "Plz Help My Kids" at the top of the bridge. He claimed to the media that his children were victims of parental alienation.

Just before 7am, he abseiled down to the road below, where he was met by police officers. Northbound and southbound lanes were reopened about 7.30am.

Immediately after the protest, The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper conducted a website poll asking if such a protest was justified.

5 polls on other subjects found on the website of the Sydney Morning Herald on May 14 had between 1,200 and 4,300 voters.

By the end of Saturday, May 14th, about 32,000 people had voted on the poll with 2 out of 3 people saying the father's extreme protest was justified.


Frustrated Father Protests Parental Alienation by Shutdown of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Traffic 'back to normal' as Sydney Harbour Bridge reopens after protest

Sydney Morning Herald,by Glenda Kwek, May 13, 2011 - 12:24PM

A man describing himself as ex-military has been charged following a daring protest that closed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in both directions this morning.

Father protestor on Parental Alienation - 'Get my kids and other kids help'

Major delays ... a man has been arrested after unfurling these two banners on the Harbour Bridge.

Father claims Patrental Alienation and asks for help for his kids.

Barry O'Farrell orders urgent review.
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell launches an investigation into how security at Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge was breached by a lone protestor Friday.

The "ex-military'" protester abseils down after staging his Harbour Bridge protest.

The "ex-military'" protester abseils down after staging his Harbour Bridge protest.

The man, identified as Michael Fox, was charged with obstructing traffic, climbing or jumping from buildings or other structures, and climbing on bridges, a police spokeswoman said.

He was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today, she said.

The NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell, ordered an "urgent review" of security at the bridge, calling the incident "a major security breach".

"We need to learn lessons from it," he said.

"With the threat of terrorism still very real, my government will ensure everything possible is done to protect the security of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It's the city's icon and I regard any security breaches to be very serious."

The review would look at security patrols, CCTV, physical protection barriers such as gates and fences and at criminal charges and penalties, Mr O'Farrell said in a statement. Read More …


Family Law Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2010 - Exposure Draft

November, 2010

The Australian Government has released an exposure draft of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2010 and welcomes further public consultation on proposed family law reforms.

The Attorney-General's office states that the Bill focuses on increasing the safety of children whose rights and interests are considered under the Family Law Act 1975. It is the position of the Attorney-General that this Bill would amend the Family Law Act to strengthen the role of family courts, advisers and parents in preventing harm to children while continuing to support the concept of shared parental responsibility and shared care.

The final date for making submissions is 14 January 2011. Unless submissions are marked confidential they may be published. Submissions may be the subject to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

Public comment is welcome on the proposed amendments to the Family Law Act. Send your written submission to:

Public Consultation: Family Violence Bill
Family Law Branch
Attorney-General's Department
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600

Email: familyviolencebill@ag.gov.au
Fax: (02) 6141 3248


 


Seeing both sides of family law

ABC, February 2, 2011, By Madonna King

The law is only one of the pillars of a system that just isn't working.

Laws, by and large, are great levellers: whether your annual salary is $1 million or $30,000, drink driving, assault, murder and a statue book of other crimes are all punishable.

In an irony evident this week, family law was shown to be very different: it's almost impossible to make one law fit all, or to prescribe the same legislative treatment to one family as the next.

And therein lies a serious problem for the Rudd Government with the release of the review into family law changes introduced in 2006.

The review and its recommendations are at least as controversial as the four-year-old law, finding that shared parenting laws had been misinterpreted, and were never meant to give a 50-50 custody split to each parent. Read More …


Safety first in family law changes

The Australian, 11 November 2010, By Chris Merritt and Patricia Karvelas

The Gillard government has unveiled radical changes to family law.

The changes would redefine domestic violence, place greater weight on child safety and could weaken the Howard government's shared parenting laws.

The changes, which are directed at cases involving abusive parents, elevate the safety of children to the top priority in custody disputes.

Whenever a court considers that this goal is in conflict with the right of a child to have a relationship with both parents, it will be required to give greater weight to child safety.

The change is contained in draft legislation released for discussion yesterday by Attorney-General Robert McClelland. Read More …


Why Australian Universities Need Male Studies Curriculum and How it Would Help Fathers and Children

MRA Position Paper - January 2011

Male Studies should be included in the curriculum of all universities in Australia.

Although Male Studies would counteract the many strange and misandric views of men and masculinity spewed by extreme feminist academia, there’s more to the idea of a Males Studies curriculum than that.

Men tend to play certain roles in society and be viewed in certain ways and those roles and ways are worth analyzing and understanding by all men and women. As worthy as Women's Studies.

Extreme feminists and female supremacists react strongly against including Male Studies at universities. Their reactions lacked any understanding of the concept or of empathy with men.

Feminist reactions to Male Studies is usually ”we don’t need Male Studies because the material is already covered in Women’s Studies,” now called Gender Studies. They also falsely claim that Australian universities are full of the study of men, so a Male Studies program would be redundant. Read More …


Really? Women bash men?

National Times, 08 March 2011

Talk about spoiling the party! Just as the 100th International Women’s Day dawns over a perfumed world Aussie professor Kim Halford has released a study on female violence.

Women wallop men just as much as men wallop women, says the prof who claims domestic violence can often be blamed on the missus getting in a pre-emptive whack first. That’s what he calls the “usual pattern”. She hits him, he hits her, now you’ve got a punch-up.

Halford  – he’s a Queensland clinical psychologist – doesn’t paint a very rosy picture of marriage. Almost a quarter of the 379 couples (22 per cent) told him there had been “at least one act of low-level violence in the year leading up to and including the wedding." (Makes you wonder why gays want to join in the nuptial free-for-all and indeed angry word-regurgitater Helen Razer sneers at the concept in a current rant ). That “low-level violence”, by the way, means slapping or shoving, rather than punching.

Interesting finding, this. In the comments to my recent blog “Do men get a rough deal?” there were all sorts of wild claims (well, they sounded wild) about men being bashed by women. I mean, men are usually bigger and stronger than women, aren’t they? Read More …


Do men get a rough deal?

National Times, January 11, 2011

Seems a bit rich these days to claim there is a ‘‘glass ceiling’’ for female jobs. Load of cobblers, isn't it? I mean, Australia has a female Prime Minister and a female Governor-General.

Has there really been discrimination over the years against mothers who work -- or against women without children?

The National Council of Women thinks so and no surprise there. I recently chatted with Victorian leader Jennie Rawther who pointed out that, among other things, women at the end of World War 1 had to give up their jobs to returning servicemen -- even though their husbands may have been killed in combat. There was no widow’s pension, nor child support.

Sounds tough but Age reader Steve Hills of Rosebud is not impressed. “There is overwhelming evidence that female health, safety and female lives were held as more valuable than men’s lives,” he says. “Men’s lives were routinely regarded as disposable. The view that women alone were discriminated against is an ignorant one.” Read More …

DV - Male Victims

BBC - The One Show on Male Victims of Domestic Violence

Video BBC The One Show on Male Victims of Domestic Violence - Woman assaulting man - Domestic Violence

BBC programme 'The One Show', in which the subject of domestic violence against men is discussed.

September, 2009

UK - not politically correct to fund shelters for men and their children who are victims of domestic violence.
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Extreme Feminists

Feminist Scholars Say All Heterosexual Sex is Rape

Certain feminist "scholars", such as law professor Catharine McKinnon, equate all sexual intercourse with rape.

Of the 12 recognized categories of feminists, the "Female Supremacists" are by far the most damaging to society.

They inundate our universities with hatred of males and preach that males are inferior people.  And you wonder why males don't go to university? If you were black, would you go to a university which teaches "White Supremacy"? Read More …

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence committed against Australian men

Family Courts’
Violence Review

October 2009

The Attorney-General commissioned a review of the practices, procedures and laws that apply in the federal family law courts in the context of family violence. The Family Courts Violence Review considered whether improvements could be made to ensure that the federal family law courts provide the best possible support to families who have experienced or are at risk of violence.

Men's Rights Agency Reply to the Family Courts Violence Review