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Protest march: Aussie call to arms

Australians are now experiencing a government dictatorship. Until citizens have meaningful, ongoing stakeholder engagement through open dialogue, then democracy remains a farce, and our tax dollars will be misspent.

And I should know – I’m a change manager and communication consultant. I’ve had a gutful, and reading your letters to editor…I know we’re on the same page.

Aussies are no longer interested in government engagement via a four-year ballot box. We want a fair bloody crack of the whip – and that’s an ongoing place at the table.

This is our draft agenda; I’m suggesting we hash the issues between now and 3 December, before Australians march in protest on federal and state governments to present problems and potential solutions to our neurally-challenged political managers – not leaders.

Because let’s face, this is a crisis. Australians need change to become a socially progressive country. The nature of quality change management is always top-down and bottom-up approach – together, we are ‘our pollies’ best bet in becoming, the best version of us.

Draft agenda:

Health

  • Access to RU486 non-surgical abortion for girls and women…currently only 1094 Aussie doctors are registered with MS Health to prescribe out of 102,000 GPs…less than 1%, which means 4870 patients to every RU486 prescribing doctor since TGA approval Aug 2012 (figures as at Feb 2017)
  • Ban alcohol sponsorship that damages our children
  • Government-funded rehabilitation centres for drug users
  • Meaningful funding for mental health programs and to reduce homelessness
  • Ban Medicare-funded IVF

Education

  • Anti-bullying programs in all private and public schools
  • Free civilian spot-a-terrorist training programs: everyone must be eyes and ears

Government

  • Independent Ethics Committee to oversee all government spending
  • Independent public committees to oversee government departmental spending to prevent wasted tax dollars; eg. ATO recently installed squat toilets for 20% diverse people, when third world countries are phasing them out in favour of western sit toilets
  • Removal of GST on tampons and pads with funding towards domestic violence prevention programs and women made homeless through domestic violence
  • Remove internal government-provided psychiatrists for frontline specialists and increased treatment for PTSD sufferers including military, police, ambos, teachers, firies…
  • Senate reform to address party gridlock

Law and crime

  • All sex and domestic violence offenders to wear tracking systems for designated period and develop national database for all offenders, including DNA
  • Decriminalisation of abortion in 5 of 8 Australian states
  • Law reform that protects domestic violence and sexual assault victims from perpetrators and better funding for criminal rehabilitation

Human Rights

  • A new Aboriginal department and minister to progress human rights for Australia’s First Peoples: similar to Minister for Women
  • Terminate employment of the WA police who are responsible for death of Julieka Dhu, who were at best negligent in their duty of care and at worst, committed manslaughter
  • Same sex marriage: equal rights for all Australians
  • Shut-down Manus Island detention centre and stop locking refugee children up

Housing

  • Australian foreign property ownership laws requiring citizenship

Religion

  • Ban religion institutes funding government campaigning for true secular state

Business

  • Corporate law reform: cut tax breaks for business that do not create new positions
  • Reintroduce work penalty rates for poorest Australians

Climate change

  • Greater funding for renewable energies including federal and state alignment
  • End Indian Government Adani coal mine project that kills our environment and protects their interests via off-shore accounting

 

The female half of my brain momentarily melted down pre Chrissie reading Daily Telegraph headline (Sat, 10/12) announcing emerging Australian MMA fighter Megan Anderson as ‘our ultimate bad girl’. Bloody. Hell.

I had forgotten momentarily the national media oligarchy is no longer a bastion of intelligent mainstream media, but corporate with an agenda that ensures women are reminded of their “ultimate” appeal: sexual viability.

Yeah, you can make allowances and give old mate, a young male journo the benefit of the doubt in calling Megan, Australia’s premier deviant, which is according to studies is characterised by ‘unacceptable’ sexual behaviour.

Let’s think about that? She’s valuable as a kinky whore and that’s what women should to aspire to because that’s what men want. Did I miss anything?

Of course, he didn’t mean to say that! I’m not the one with the limited repertoire – but whether it’s intended or unintended, it’s still anti-feminist. And when I bought the sexist headline to his and his employer’s attention, they remained silent and compounded the problem.

And what is the problem for corporates like News Corporation besides the fact their core values are a lie, as evidenced.

There’s a well-known social construct so-called Darwinism. The concept was ‘evolved’ in post-modern times as a Darwin Award. The award is usually given out to individuals who have killed themselves by doing something ill-considered. Like the American mechanic who put a jet engine into his ute and drove it into a cliff at ridiculous speed, thus killing himself and winning the annual award.

Drawing a line between A and B right now; if your business is sexist and racist, how long do you think it’ll take before you begin losing market share as worldwide women, and other marginalised groups, become exceedingly educated and eschew messaging that does not reflect their growing self-worth.

Like the message that Trump’s election sent to women worldwide; how many of us revised our understanding of social progress with that vote of confidence?

I’d love to see quantifiable data across the top four social media platforms, but it doesn’t take a particularly smart woman to know, if Trump easily abuses and degrades women at which point he’s elected leader of the free world, women might take ‘umbrage’.

So if women are increasingly assigning their personal and professional value that isn’t being reflected in business attitudes and behaviours – what will they do?

Well, if you’re lucky, they tell you how they feel and what they think – but mostly, women opt out.

Hell, everybody knows people avoid confrontation – if you get bad service in Australia, you’re likely never to return and bad mouth said operations, which as we all know is the biggest nail in the coffin.

So here’s my fiscal health warning to Australian business that isn’t walking the ‘diversity’ rhetoric they spout – hire a diversity consultant to help you board the train – because ‘nasty’ women account for 87 per cent of the world’s consumerism. Yep. Men might unbelievably earn 27 per cent more for doing same role, but they don’t ‘control’ it.

According to Harvard Business Review in the The Female Economy, women responded to a womenspeakworldwide.com consumerism survey that they felt vastly underserved with sexism still present, for example, in seeking financial advice and health care.

Coupled with data showing women make purchasing decisions in 94 per cent of household furniture; 92 per cent of vacations; 91 per cent of homes; 60 per cent of automobiles; and 51 per cent of household electrical items – it’s clear, business must nurture customer relationships founded on respect and trust if they want to survive.

And business relations must be authentic, or a woman will sniff you out a mile away.

Of course, it’s not just management responsibility to train-in and enforce diversity policy because employees must account for their professional choices; you, as an employee of a diverse business, must reflect the policy in language and deed.

And if you aren’t and management accepts the poor behaviour, then they also accept the risk for hurting employees/publics, damaging their reputation and losing money/market share. Of course, one day they might not and sue their employee/s to recover litigation costs – oh wait – they already are.

In this instance, although it’s just another case of a male sports journo who has poor headline word selection; cause let’s face it, as a journo, if you don’t know the meaning of words you publish in a national publication, then in this instance, you fail.

So if you’re an influencer, know what you’re saying and doing to ensure it’s in keeping with a socially regressive or progressive position…either way that’s fine. I just want to know who I’m up against.

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