Following on from Margaret Wilkie’s letter regarding the now “Famous 4 Family,” I traveled to Biloela last August to check out about this family. Not ONE person spoke less than favourably and all voiced concern for this local, well integrated family who were forcibly removed from their home almost three years ago.
Hopefully, when our protective Government finally sees “the light” and this family is able to return home, the Government will continue its protection in the form of money which will be necessary to try to rehabilitate this family after the trauma both the parents and their young girls have, and are still enduring thus far on Christmas Island.
When will enough be enough? It’s time to return this family to Australia.
Was the presumption of innocence and the rule of law applied to the 400 000 Australians accused of owing money to robodebt? Luckily, wealthy ‘Team Australia’ is paying them back the $1.2 billion that was taken. Thoughts and praise?
Women need to be celebrated in 2021 for their contribution to society. In every patriarchal society, this half of the population, globally, has too long been dictated to – defining what they are, their roles and their limitations. The 1970’s author, Germaine Greer’s: “The Female Eunuch”, challenged the status quo of repressed Australian suburban women, as devitalised and depressed, telling us how it is.
However, a third millennium revolution has a ground swell of support from the media and Australian of the Year 2021, Grace Tame, using her platform to give voice to the suppressed, exposing the undercurrent of unwanted sexual advances on women. Her support for survivors of rape, lobbying for legal reform and women’s rights, has opened public dialogue on inappropriate sexual violence towards women currently, in every strata of global society.
Such role models are empowering generations of females to take control of their lives and destinies. The 1972 Helen Reddy anthem: “I am Woman”, began a revolution of women’s rights and status in society, facilitating changes in the Family Court system and workplaces. However, the glass ceiling was always a bridge too far for women emerging from a history of subservience and subordination. For women of minority groups and ethnicity, it was a double glass ceiling. The under-representation of women in corporate Australia and politics hinders progress.
Change is slow and challenging, but it is younger generations of women who are taking the lead in change. More vocal and outspoken than their female predecessors, they have no hesitation to speak and ask what they expect from our politicians and bosses. They are confronting a male-dominated society which has failed them, but cannot but hear their voices getting louder, going forward.