In this week's article Tristan Ewins argues that modern day discrimination and disadvantage is multi-faceted - both for women and men in different contexts. In response he rejects gender essentialism, and proposes the socialist ideal of equality for all.
Recently wide-spread outrage arose in response to a report from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency that the annual gender salary gap had risen from $2000 a year in 2011 to $5000 last year.
But in 2011 Devine made some telling observations which as far as I am aware still stand today. In wake of the 2011 NSW HSC results Devine observed:
And with regard VCE results in Victoria, Devine explained:
No doubt research on the influence of social class would also underscore sources of educational disadvantage; as would analyses focused on indigenous participation, and disadvantage amongst some migrant communities.
And then: [arguing that it's all just about getting people into jobs is] "spin, yes - Like most politics these days on all sides. In reality a grossly inadequate payment with the result of social isolation, disengagement, depression; While lack of funds for communication and transport actually inhibits job searching; And 'active labour market programs' already have job-searchers jumping hoops every week. Already it amounts to labour conscription. But resentment against the unemployed has been built up by reactionary forces in this country over decades... Still the relegation of many disability pensioners and sole parents to the payment also deserves scrutiny. The government has 'robbed Peter to pay Paul' for many years now. Probably behind the scenes Macklin has resisted all this; But we need more leading Labor people coming out in the open for a different agenda."
AS USUAL - debate is welcome - whether you want to discuss the main article; or Newstart and Macklin and Cameron's comments; Or my response to Jeff Kennett on the bogey of Economic Management.....