On Friday, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson issued a statement calling for a “Minister for Men”.
“Political parties have long called for equality across both genders, but only a Minister for Women exists across all levels of government. The Federal Government’s Minster for Women works across government to deliver policies and programs to advance the lives of Australian women. But as we focus on strengthening women’s economic security, their involvement in leadership positions, and ensure that women and their children are safe from violence, the plight of Australian boys and men is on the decline.”
Hanson referred to a 2019 report, which states:
- The number of men dying in workplaces outpaced women by more than 1,000 per cent. For every 100 women who die at work there are 1,294 deaths among men.
- The morbidity rate of men aged 25 to 34 years old is 132% higher than women (that equates to 100 women for every 232 men).
- Homelessness and unsheltered rates for boys and men are 142% higher than women.
- There are also 1,000 men in adult correctional facilities for every 100 women.
- For every 100 girls who are expelled, there are 291 boys.
- For every 100 girls in public schools classified as having emotional disturbance, there are 355 boys.
- Boys and men are overwhelmingly disadvantaged in terms of alcohol, drug addiction, overdoses, suicide, murder, violence and incarceration.
Hanson continued, “As a mother of three boys and one girl, this raises significant concern for my own children, let alone my young grandchildren.”
“If we truly want equality in society, it’s time to drop the hardline feminist attack on men and start treating each other with the same level of support based on need.”
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