October 27, 2016 7
Remember when Tony Abbott suggested a very generous paid parental leave scheme? That was actually a very good idea.
September 23, 2013 12
Labor leadership contenders Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese had the evidence proving their cuts to Newstart were unfair. Their support for increasing parental support now is cold comfort.
June 21, 2013 9
Forget all the nonsense about sexist menus and cleavage. On what actually matters for women -- pay, retirement income, parental leave -- both parties score poorly.
June 12, 2013 23
Feminist scholar Eva Cox argues the Women for Gillard campaign is a divisive distraction -- and the Prime Minister's attacks on Tony Abbott over abortion are a "red herring".
May 15, 2013 6
The baby bonus is gone and the record of this Labor government robbing from the poor is a profoundly disappointing one. There wasn't much for those struggling in the federal budget.
May 8, 2013 54
Forget the misplaced rhetoric, Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme is more generous and sends the right message about women in work. This "hardline feminist" is happy to say so.
April 26, 2013 13
Claims that women are being sent to the back of the room at some Islamic events at Melbourne University should be addressed. But other religions also discriminate on gender.
April 4, 2013 8
Super tax concessions are rich people's welfare, and those protesting against reform are just protecting their own interests. When will a government have the guts to rein in these subsidies for the wealthy?
March 28, 2013 6
Yes, they can be upsetting and distressing. But anti-abortion protesters have as much right to demonstrate outside a clinic as anyone else -- that's what free speech is.
March 26, 2013 42
Missing: true Labor values and an acceptance that structural barriers create poverty and disadvantage. It's time for the ALP to stop blaming and short-changing individuals.
October 8, 2012 3
A campaign to stop planned cuts to sole parent payments is aiming at the government's vulnerable underbelly in its bid for a UN Security Council seat. Harming Australia's image may be justified.
June 8, 2012 1
How can the federal government spend about $4 billion on child care a year and yet have little or no say in where the services are located or how much they charge?
May 15, 2012 11
One of the most obvious inconsistencies in the budget was the government’s claims for an egalitarian redistribution approach while proposing $60 per week income cut for 100,000 sole parents.
May 9, 2012 9
Will the Labor brand receive a major boost from this budget? Doubtful, as its main claim is based on its expanded cash grants.
May 8, 2012
It is budget week, so how will the new Holy Cow surplus drive the political agenda?
May 3, 2012 11
The trouble with economists has always been that they don’t do feelings.
April 19, 2012 9
Why is there discrimination against older workers? Australian management tends to be fairly conservative in its hiring -- younger workers are seen as safer.
March 28, 2012 27
Tony Abbott's thought bubble on government funding for nannies may expose children to lesser levels of care as well as assisting more affluent women to exploit many less powerful ones.
March 20, 2012 14
The lack of media scrutiny will allow the federal government to continue and expand a series of paternalistic, ineffective programs that will reduce the well-being of many disadvantaged Australians.
February 28, 2012 4
How far should feminists be supporting Julia Gillard as PM because she is a woman and the first one in this job?