legislatures penalise women

Governments should treat the troubled child-care system "in the same way they treat male-dominated issues" according to Sydney MP Jackie Kelly, a 'close ally' of Prime Minister John Howard.

In an acknowledgement that despite the presence of many women in Federal and State governments, legislatures remain bastions of male dominance in which women are besieged by testosterone-fuelled interruption and intimidation, Ms Kelly also criticised the convention of Ministers "doing their own thing rather than adopting a cohesive approach" and suggested that the child-care system was "designed by people who don't use it".

Ms Kelly brings into focus the impossible nature of Parliament for women under a Constitution designed and enacted by men who considered women of insufficient intelligence to participate in government.

The only way to enable women uninterrupted and unintimidated participation in government is with women's and men's legislatures presided over by an executive of elders accompanied by courts of women's and men's jurisdiction.

Until legislatures provide for the fair representation of both women and men Australian women and children will continue to be the victims of male arrogance and agenda-setting aggression.

January 19, 2006