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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Hey All, 

just a quick note to say that I won’t be posting again until sometime after the 5th. I’m busy traipsing round the country on a conference tour-and trust me when I say that it isn’t as exciting as it sounds. 

Peace!
-Catherine 

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Smith welcomes UN’s rape during war call

“Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith has welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s decision to make rape a war crime.

Mr Smith says Australia participated in the open debate, and the unanimous resolution was passed overnight.”

The Age

Mr Mum just unrealistic

“as much as most fathers dearly love their children, the last thing they want is to spend all day, every day at home with them.

Usually that job goes hand in hand with perks such as being responsible for the household domestic duties.”

Herald Sun

Australia assisting Bangladeshi women with dress making, hand embroidery training

“Australia has recently extended support to Access toward Livelihood and Welfare Organisation (ALWO) for its existing project on dress-making and hand-embroidery training to destitute women.”

ADF must to more for women: Fitzgibbon

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is curbing talent by sending a subliminal message to women that they cannot rise to the top ranks, Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon says…Mr Fitzgibbon said only 13 per cent of full-time ADF personnel were women and their numbers had been stagnant for a decade.

“I say we’re restricting our talent pool here by sending out a subliminal message to women that while they can become the CEO of a major bank, they can never become a CEO of the ADF,” said on ABC television.”

Sydney Morning Herald

Bar urged to shoulder cost of more women

“ATTORNEY-GENERAL Rob Hulls yesterday issued another challenge to Victoria’s barristers, saying they should contribute more money to help women join the bar.

He also accused the legal profession of holding outdated views that were hampering the promotion of female lawyers.”

The Age

Maternity scheme could cripple retailers

“An industry-funded maternity leave scheme would cripple small and medium retailers, the Productivity Commission heard yesterday.

The Australian Retailers Association said its members should not have to pay parental leave or be burdened by administrative costs of any compulsory scheme.”

Melbourne Herald Sun

Minimal maternity leave no incentive

“The introduction of a minimalist form of paid maternity leave is unlikely to boost the numbers of women returning to work after having children, the top family research body has found.”

Sydney Morning Herald

Colleague accuses Australia PM of sexism

ulia Irwin, a lawmaker in Rudd’s Labor Party for a decade, pointed out that former party leader Mark Latham had not been required to seek counseling when he broke a Sydney taxi driver’s arm during a beer-fueled argument over a fare.

“We seem to allow some of our male politicians to be aggressive and pushy, but women are expected to be meek and mild,”

Improving girls’ access to education focus of UN Asia-Pacific meeting

United Nations officials, government leaders and education experts are gathering in Kathmandu, Nepal, today for the start of a two-day conference examining how to improve gender equality in schools across the Asia-Pacific region.

UN News Centre