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
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.
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
The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun, by Phil Jacob, August
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
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
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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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 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,
The NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell, ordered an "urgent review"
of security at the bridge, calling the incident "a major
"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
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
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
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600
Fax: (02) 6141 3248
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
). 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 …
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
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 …