The menfolk of Dandenong in Melbourne’s far-flung south-eastern burbs have been doing it tough for years. The decline of manufacturing and the closure of the livestock markets has seen many of the blue collar jobs that underpinned so much of the local economy evaporate. The growth of transport and logistic centres in the region has failed to pick up the slack.
Now comes the final insult to the hard-working men of the municipality. A Lonsdale Street arcade hair salon is refusing them henna tattoos or dos that would let them look like the mafia wives from Goodfellas or minor female deities from a vintage sword and sandals film.
Look at the sign on the door. “Men not allowed” indeed. So much for Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.
Daniel Andrews has been a stalwart defender of the Safe Schools program, but where does he stand on the things that matter?
It’s not all dandy in Dandenong if sex discrimination can flourish.