Ignored Australians (letter)by Alan BarronNews Weekly
, December 14, 2002
Congratulations to Mr Bracks and the Labor Party for a stunning electoral triumph.
In his victory speech, Mr Bracks said he would 'govern for all Victorians'. Labor has policies for people in the city, and people in the country. It has policies for public transport users and the development of freeways and by-passes. It has policies to appease unionists and developers alike.
In addition there are policies for those with green sympathies and those who like sustainable development, not to mention polices on multi-culturalism, gay rights, harm minimisation, and women.
But alas, there are no policies for men. So Mr Bracks is going to govern for everyone - except the male half of the population.
Labor continues to pamper to elistist groups like the women's lobby by committing itself to policies like 40 per cent of winnable seats must go to women by 2012. This must mean more bureaucratic interference in local pre-selection processes to enforce the 40 per cent rule.
I would suggest that come next election, unless Labor curbs the influence of pressure groups like the women's lobby, it will run the risk of alienating many within the community - especially the male half. It will soon find that its handsome majority will dwindle away to nothing at all.
Mr Bracks must have a conscious effort to incorporate men's rights and issues into his political agenda if he is to 'govern for all Victorians'.Alan Barron