May 13th 2006


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COVER STORY: Twilight for Australia's fishing industry?

EDITORIAL: Race riots reveal China's hand in Oceania

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Defence - incompetence and bungles galore

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: A political vacuum waiting to be filled

POLITICS: WA Liberals, Nationals in self-destruct mode

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Darfur tragedy / Not all the world loves a soldier / Judicial politics / When half a glass is half empty

SCHOOLS: Great books trashed by radical teachers

RAILWAYS: A transport revolution for Australia?

ENERGY: US opens new ethanol plant every 10 days

ABORTION: National senator's key role in RU-486 fiasco

FAMILY: Co-habiting couples and child neglect

NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION: Could US-India nuclear deal undermine security?

Chinese slave labour and state-sanctioned murder (letter)

RU-486 abortion drug 'deeply scary' (letter)

Motherhood devalued (letter)

What about jobs for men? (letter)

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What about jobs for men? (letter)


by Alan Barron

News Weekly, May 13, 2006

Sir,

Present government policies encourage women to see full-time employment as normative for all women. And not only that, women are given preference in hiring and promotion, especially in the public service and in the nation's tertiary institutions.

Yet, according to recent Australian Bureau of Statistics, a new underclass of jobless is becoming entrenched in Australian society. I refer to men aged 24 to 44 years. Almost 250,000 men in this age group are no longer looking for work, more than three times as many as a generation ago.

Female employment has boomed in the past 25 years, but the number of men without a job in the prime of their lives has soared.

In 1978, just under four per cent of prime-aged males were out of work. This figure has climbed to nine per cent, which, in crude numerical terms, means a quarter of a million men are on the sidelines. Is it any wonder male suicide rates are at an all time high?

What the government, unions and welfare agencies have lost sight of is that, of the four million jobs added to the economy since 1978, 2.35 million have gone to women.

When it comes to the rights of men, politicians and bureaucrats suffer from a scotoma - the plight of men is simply invisible to policy-makers.

Men are now being left behind in the employment stakes, along with their dignity, status and ability to provide for themselves and their families.

This is because males are being marginalised in our educational system and pushed aside by discriminatory policies for women at tertiary institutions.

Enough is enough. It's time men pulled their collective heads out of the sand and demanded justice.

If we are to arrest rising male unemployment levels, the declining birth-rate and marriage rates and pandemic divorce rates, then ways must be found to make it easier for women to choose careers as homemakers over ones in the paid workforce.

A good start would be to abandon all affirmative action programs for women, as they have gone past their use by date. In addition to removing such discriminatory policies, the Office of Women's Affairs should be immediately disbanded.

Feminist doctrine now shapes to an unprecedented degree the rights and duties that govern institutional and social life.

Once in place, hiring quotas and court jurisdiction over private association, and all the other travesties of freedom to which Australians have become numb, are likely to stay in place long after they will clearly have been seen to have failed to achieve the unachievable.

Alan Barron,
Grovedale, Vic.




























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