An open letter to all Australian Men’s Advocacy Groups
There exist in Australia many men’s advocacy groups, albeit with differences in focus. This indicates that many men are not being treated fairly in our country that prides itself on providing a fair go for all.
In the lead up to the next federal election, I have a vision, that if all the men’s groups in Australia unite to jointly lobby for men’s issues to be put on the national political agenda, we can make a difference.
To this end I ask all groups to commence a joint dialogue with a view to supporting a delegation to go to Canberra and lobby for change.
The focus of the delegation will be open for discussion, but I believe it should present a small number of broad objectives, which could include:
- Establishment of an Office for Men, and Minister for Men as are currently operating for women.
- A requirement for intellectual honesty and peer review in the data being used to drive social policy for example the “National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children 2010 to 2022”
- A requirement to address the increasing problem of fatherlessness in Australia, its determinants and consequences.
- A focus on Male specific health and education issues.
Whilst it is acknowledged there will be philosophical differences amongst the groups, I have little doubt that all would agree with these types of objective.
In the first instance I have commenced a discussion group that can be accessed at http://menscoalition.blogspot.com/
This is a private site and you will need to be invited to join the discussions please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access.
Please log on to the blog and in the comments section of the first post introduce yourself and your organisation or group and share your thoughts on forming or joining a “Coalition of Australian Men.”
We can then see where the discussion leads us, but I believe if our joint voices can finally be heard nationally as those of reason and egalitarianism, in the land of the fair go for all, perhaps our sons and daughters will enjoy a brighter future.
Please pass this message onto anyone you believe would be genuinely committed to such a cause.
Dr. Greg Canning