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Shame on Mission Australia

12 June 2018

7:43 AM

12 June 2018

7:43 AM

Finally, there’s been a successful protest against journalist Clementine Ford’s hateful attacks on men. The Fairfax columnist, who regularly tweets hateful comments like, “Kill all men,” and “All men are scum and must die”, was asked by the charity Lifeline to speak at a domestic violence forum.

This ill-considered move by the organisation led to a protest campaign which pointed out that Lifeline claims to support both men and women experiencing emotional distress and it is hardly appropriate to include such a biased person in their programme. Corrine Barraclough did a marvellous job promoting the campaign here in The Spectator Australia, nearly 15,000 signed a protest petition and the event was cancelled. “Lifeline does not want to do anything that could create division in the community,” said the charity’s spokesperson.

Now another charity organisation seems determined to promote that division. Mission Australia recently launched a homeless campaign which features a terrified woman and her child escaping a violent man. That’s a tragic situation and no one would deny the importance of providing shelter for women and their children in this circumstance. But that is only part of the story.

The reality is that children in violent families are just as likely to be cowering from their mothers as their fathers. Children are more likely to be killed by their mothers – in Australia women account for 52 percent of child homicides according to the Australian Institute of Criminology.

It is very difficult to obtain proper data about who abuses children. In 2009, Professor Michael Woods at the University of Western Sydney published the following graph, using data obtained through a Freedom of Information request from the West Australian Department for Child Protection. Since then no equivalent state departments have been willing to release this type of gender breakdown.

Yet the research is clear that in our community there are many people who grew up afraid of their mothers. The 2001 Young People and Domestic Violence study found 23 per cent of young people were aware of domestic violence against their mothers or stepmothers but almost as many (22 per cent) witnessed violence against their fathers or stepfathers by their mothers or stepmothers.

There’s been over 40 years of international research which shows most family violence is two-way, involving violent women as well as men. That was one of the conclusions from the famous Partner Abuse State of Knowledge project which involved 42 scholars from 20 universities summarising 1700 peer-reviewed studies.

Mission Australia knows all too well that domestic violence involves violent women as well as men. Their own website points out that “research has been around for 20 years showing that men are affected by domestic violence.”

But when it came to their latest appeal for the charity dollar, they were quite prepared to fudge that truth and pretend the whole problem is about violent men. The reason is simple, according to Ross Cameron, one of the popular co-hosts of the Sky News programme Outsiders, who recently suggested that the Mission Australia campaign is motivated by a desire to benefit from ‘the tsunamis of cash heading their way from the Commonwealth government” – that’s the money paid out to organisations choosing to virtue-signal by conforming to the feminist script pretending that only men perpetrate domestic violence.

Cameron described our prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as determined to present himself as “one of the world’s most compassionate, anti-bullying, anti-domestic violence advocates” – Turnbull regularly boasts of spending 100s of millions on his “respect for women” domestic violence campaign.

And as Cameron pointed out there’s no evidence that any of this money actually reduces domestic violence.  “So, I say, if you’ve got a spare $10 in your pocket don’t waste it on Mission Australia,” he concluded.

So here we have a major charity cynically exploiting our natural sympathy for women and children – and ignoring the vital fact that most homeless people are actually men not women. The 2016 Census showed men are 66 per cent of homeless people sleeping rough in Australia.

It’s a great sign that our community finally spoke out and tackled Lifeline and we can do it again. I’ve started a petition asking Mission Australia to cancel their offensive, anti-male campaign and tell the truth about this important social issue. Please sign up and spread the word.

Illustration: Mission Australia.

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