A 25-year-old woman starting her working life was likely to earn $1.5 million over the next 40 years, but a man the same age would haul in $2.4 million.
That’s almost a million-dollar difference, a finding that led me at the time to assert that there was a million-dollar penalty to being a woman in Australia today.
Now, we find that women’s earnings prospects have deteriorated further.
Last October AMP.NATSEM released a new report that showed a 25-year-old woman with postgraduate qualifications would, over her lifetime, earn $2.49 million. The 25-year-old man who had sat beside her in class would, by contrast, accumulate $3.78 million.
This is bad enough, but what enraged me about these new findings is the fact that the 25-year-old woman with a postgraduate degree, earning her $2.49 million for her years of study, would take home less than a man with just a year 12 credential, who will earn $2.55 million.
What kind of incentive is that for women to study and gain qualifications?”
It is often pointed out that if Australian women’s workforce participation was at the same level as men’s (79.7 per in cent instead of the current 65.3 per cent) it would add around 13 per cent to GDP.
Anne Summers having a proper swing. I think YOUTH ORIENTED ONLINE BASED FEMINISM focuses too often on what are probably more ~cultural~ issues then the economic or political. Which I find a bit DISHEARTENING since there’s so many people active in various ways that could be doing cool things addressing these other problems.
I have never been more thankful than the day my parents told me to tell Centrelink to shove it and that they would financially support me while I found a job. I had been unemployed for about 4 or 5 months. Once I felt vaguely financially secure (as in, I could eat, turn the heater on occasionally and not have to fare evade) I got a job within 2 weeks. Newstart SUCKS. I don’t think dole bludgers exist. It is very hard work being on unemployment benefits and trying to find a job. Don’t even get me started on the dehumanising experiences of Centrelink offices.
In this festive end-of-year podcast of Right Now Radio, Ben Schokman and Evelyn Tadros discuss some of the human rights triumphs and tragedies that have defined 2012. As the year comes to a close, Julian Burnside QC shares his picks for some social-justice themed summer reading.
We continue our coverage of the 25th Australian Human Rights Commission Awards with Evelyn speaking to Jeff McMullen, the CEO of Ian Thorpe’s charity, Fountain For Youth, as well as Dennis Egginton, the CEO of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA). Finally, Anna Dorevitch covers another cause for celebration as she chats to Susan Moylan-Coombs, Head of Production at National Indigenous TV (NITV). This exciting new free-to-air TV service dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content was launched on SBS 4 on the 12/12/12 at 12 pm!
To listen to the show and to get the full rundown of what we cover, see here.
By Patricia Morton-Thomas, originally posted here.
You’ll see Patricia Morton-Thomas in an episode of Redfern Now dealing with Aboriginal deaths in custody on ABC TV tonight. Her nephew died in custody eight weeks before she took on the role
The episode of Redfern Now on ABCTV tonight deals with the issue of Aboriginal deaths in custody.
I was asked by my long time friend Rachel Perkins, who directed the episode, to come on board and play the character of Mona, who has lost her son to a death in custody.
My own nephew Kwementyaye Briscoe had died in the Alice Springs lock-up just eight weeks prior.
I went away and thought about whether I was emotionally capable of carrying this character. Whether I could draw that line between myself and this character. I decided to go ahead with it, and figured playing the part could be quite therapeutic.
At that stage I hadn’t seen the horrific CCTV footage of my own nephew’s death. There’s no way in the world that I would have agreed to play the character if I had seen the footage. I would not have been able to contain the anger I felt and continue to feel.
I would not have been able to carry her dignity. The lovingness and forgivingness of Mona. It would have only been rage coming through.
On the night my nephew was picked up he committed no crime. He was taken into “protective custody”. It was the 31st time he had been arrested like this.
He had been drinking with some friends in a public park in Alice Springs. The police came along and they all ran. I believe my nephew was scared. He had had his eye cut open by police just a fortnight earlier.
My nephew was chased down by police. They threw him in the paddy wagon. There were two or three other men who had not been searched properly and one had a bottle of rum with him.
On the way to the police station my nephew and those men drank almost the whole bottle, with my nephew drinking the bulk of it. I would do this myself if I was looking to face another night in the lock up bored out of my brain.
When he was picked up he was moderately drunk. But by the time they put him in the holding cell he was extremely drunk.
He was then dragged out of his cell and assaulted in the reception room.
The coroner used words like “flung and slung across the floor”. But if he was being honest he would use the word “assault”. My nephew was thrown head first into a counter and cut his head.
He lost consciousness. He was dragged and then carried to the cell. He was placed in the cell face down on a mattress in a very awkward position. He couldn’t breathe in this position and died from positional asphyxia.
No police officer ever gave him a medical assessment or any first aid. They checked off an assessment form saying he was fit for the cells.
Other prisoners were calling and screaming for them to come down and pay some attention to him because they believed there was something seriously wrong with him. They were first chastised and then ignored.
Police spoke to each other a number of times about his deteriorating condition and his need for medical attention. But they decided not to take him to hospital because “he might run away”.
While he slowly died police sat on Facebook and listened to their iPods.
The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was concluded 20 years ago. Millions of dollars were spent.
We were given reassurances by government after government that things would change — but the situation is getting worse.
In 2009, Kwementyaye Trigger died in very similar circumstances in the Alice Springs lock up. The police at that time assured the coroner that changes would be made and that it wouldn’t happen again.
My family is calling for justice, we are not calling for revenge. We are not calling for anything other than what a court of law owes my family and my nephew.
We want these police charged with negligent manslaughter. They owed my nephew a duty of care. He is dead because of their callous disregard for his life.
We’ve been assured police have faced “internal discipline”.
I am starting to firmly believe that there’s no such thing as justice in Australia, especially for deaths in custody.
I truly hate to think that Australia is the kind of country that will turn a blind eye to this kind of treatment of it’s citizens. But so far this seems to be the case where our politicians and where our legal system is concerned.
My nephew was treated as subhuman.
But official policy treats Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory as subhuman.
We are still living under the Intervention, renamed “Stronger Futures”, which strips away our fundamental rights.
I am on the BasicsCard like thousands of my people. I am capable of acting in an internationally-acclaimed drama for our national broadcaster, but because I’m black and from the NT, the government says I’m incapable of managing a Centrelink payment.
Aboriginal people are fourth class people in a first world country and I don’t understand how that can happen.
We are not seen as human beings, we are unwanted fauna on the landscape.
Dave Tollner, the Health Minister for the Northern Territory, recently said he wants to criminalise public drunkeness so Aboriginal people will be forced “back into the scrub” if they want to drink.
The approach of our Health Minister to such a serious problem is to push people where no tourists can see them — and if that’s the attitude at the top, imagine what it’s like further down the scale. It’s that attitude that killed my nephew.
I walk among a great many filmmakers and film producers and people who are very capable and open-minded. They are well-educated about what goes on in Australia. But when I start to talk about the Intervention they have no idea what is really happening here.
When even the most informed people in the country are not informed, then you have very serious situation.
On 10 December, Human Rights Day, we will be holding a rally in Alice Springs to bring some light onto issues of deaths in custody and to call on the Northern Territory Government and the DPP to lay charges for the officers responsible for my nephew’s death.
Alice Springs is really not such a large town. But in the last four years there have been four deaths with the involvement of the Alice Springs Police or Corrections Service.
That body count is way too high.
I am hoping people join us at the rally to say: “we are not going to accept this in our town anymore and we are not going to accept this in our Territory anymore, and things have to change.”
Poor non-Aboriginal families, the African community and other members of minority groups in Alice Springs are also being constantly harassed by police. This treatment has to stop and the police force has to made accountable.
I would like to personally put all this aside and rest. My family have had a hell of a year.
But we must speak up.
It is so important that we all start speaking up.
Even if you are doing something as simple as adding your signature to a petition or boosting the numbers at a rally, it makes a huge difference to change in our country.
And change has to come. It is extremely important that every single Australian stand up and be counted on these incredibly important issues, social issues that will shape the future of our country.
The time to do that is now.
From the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, there were several notorious mass shootings in Australia - incidents like the Milperra Father’s Day Bikie Massacre in Sydney, and the Hoddle Street Massacre in Melbourne. Then, in 1996, only a month or two after the terrible Dunblane Massacre in Scotland, a man named Martin Bryant killed 35 people with a semi-automatic rifle at the Port Arthur historic site in Tasmania. The Port Arthur Massacre remains one of the deadliest shooting incidents ever carried out anywhere in the world by a single person.
After the Port Arthur Massacre, the government of John Howard introduced gun control laws. They outlawed all automatic and semi-automatic weapons, and introduced a national gun buyback scheme, which meant that the government paid people to hand in the newly-outlawed weapons. It didn’t mean that no one was allowed to have a gun any more. Farmers were still able to keep a rifle to shoot rabbits or whatever as needed. Sporting shooters were still able to practise their marksmanship. But the use and keeping of those sorts of still-legal weapons was carefully regulated, and weapons of war, weapons that are designed specifically to kill human beings, are now largely out of the hands of civilians.
John Howard was an extremely conservative politician. In the eleven years he was prime minister, I rarely agreed with him about anything. But I admire him for doing what needed to be done after Port Arthur, and I know that he lists the gun control legislation as one of his greatest achievements as prime minister.
Did it work? Yes. By 1998, more than 700,000 firearms had been handed in and destroyed - estimated to be about a fifth of the total firearms in Australia at that time. More importantly, there hasn’t been a single mass shooting - involving four or more fatalities - in Australia since the gun control laws were enacted, and the suicide rate involving guns has plummeted. Australia is a safer place now than it was sixteen years ago, and most of us are very thankful for that fact.
There was one really crucial factor that allowed gun control legislation to happen: there was overwhelming public support for gun control after Port Arthur. People were demanding it. Yes, the vested interests complained, and predicted dire consequences, but for once they didn’t drown out the silent majority - because the majority, for once, was not silent. This was an issue that crossed the usual party lines. It was more important than that.
And so, today, when we have the news of yet another terrible shooting taking place in the United States, I want to say to my American friends: you need to not be silent about this issue. You need to show your politicians that the majority of Americans want their country to be a safer place. You need to demand gun control, too. You need to do this so that your politicians won’t be too scared to act. Otherwise, they will continue to find it preferable to avoid the political fight and allow a situation to continue where someone can just walk into a school and kill so many innocent children.
Check out more infographics and stunning stats on gender disparities in film and TV (even children’s shows).
a bunch of moms are making letters+audio recordings of affirming, validating letters to queer/trans* people who don’t get that kind of support from their moms
i would say more about it but
im kind of busy in this puddle of tears on the floor so