Sunday, 8 October 2017

Community Safety Misandry Danger UXB!? The Law-Abiding Male as #potentialperpetrator as potential #timebomb "He hasn't done anything wrong YET!" tick tick tick tick "if law-abiding males aren't up to snuff your attitudes are unreasonable and unreasoning" Pete Dowe


'Perpetuating the myth of only one gender of perpetrators leads to the gender specific approach to crime the male as #potentialperpetrator the assumption of the bad man, guilty until proven innocent and now the law-abiding male as potential #timebomb Danger UXB! 

"He hasn't done anything wrong YET!" tick tick tick tick.'

Honestly if law-abiding males aren't up to snuff your attitudes are unreasonable and unreasoning.

The Dis-Respect Agenda

Pete Dowe







I read this recently and was going to cut #stevebiddulph some slack because he wrote it over 20 years ago but then he repeated the same views in The Age this week. Disseminating/ perpetuating the myth of only one gender of perpetrators. This leads to the gender specific approach to crime the male as #potentialperpetrator which we have today. The assumption of the bad man, guilty until proven innocent and now the law-abiding male as potential #timebomb Danger UXB! "He hasn't done anything wrong YET!" tick tick tick tick All Males are a 60 Minutes ad?
Really so much pseudo community safety is talking about things that aren't wrong because it might lead to something wrong. Might be misperceived as leading to something wrong. This creates a power imbalance, leads to the rise of the “finger pointer” as community servant. And the disempowered hapless target is supposed to justify their existence. Live on other people's terms in fear of being misperceived.
The Dis-Respect Agenda
Honestly if law-abiding males aren't up to snuff your attitudes are unreasonable and unreasoning.

If someone really was a ticking time bomb how would you defuse the situation? By hounding them? Denigrating them? Holding them up to ridicule/ contempt/ social exclusion? Great! That's really helpful. Steve your attitudes are fear disguised as care. They legitimise pointing the finger. They legitimise bullying in the name of pseudo community safety. There is no concern here for Male wellbeing. Male suicide. Men are just stupid and wrong, defective females, they should be like girls. Man bad woman good Male wrong female right

Pete Dowe




Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Community Safety #genderequality 60% #female representation #GirlsTakeOver ? Women Hold More Than Half The Seats On Water Boards Victorian Government Minister for Water Media Release 11 September 2017 #genderbalance #genderimbalance and Comment by Pete Dowe Will the Government value 50% #masculine representation?


#genderequality ? 60% #female representation #GirlsTakeOver ?

Will the Government value 50% #masculine representation?

or will it go the way of alienating the guys 

and then claiming men don't want to serve on committees/ boards?

The beginning of the "right kind" of gender imbalance?

"Don't mess around, the Commissar's in town"

I could also say "Jobs for the girls!"


Pete Dowe


Women Hold More Than Half The Seats On Water Boards

The Andrews Labor Government has achieved gender equality on water boards, with women now holding 50 per cent or more of seats on all water boards across the state.
Women also hold 50 per cent of seats on the boards of Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) across the state.
The new appointments being announced by Minister for Water Lisa Neville today bring fresh skills into the sector and ensure that CMA and water corporations reflect the communities they represent.
In 2015 we saw more than 50 per cent of board seats being held by women, however some individual boards are still comprised of more men overall. While female representation on water boards was as low as 38 per cent in 2014, appointments announced today mean that the Victorian water sector now has:
  • 60 per cent women across all CMA boards
  • 53 per cent women across all water corporation boards
  • 60 per cent female chairs for CMAs and water corporation boards
  • Five Aboriginal Victorians on CMA boards
These changes reflect priorities set out in Water for Victoria, which identified the need to promote gender equality and diversity within the water sector, including opportunities for Traditional Owners to participate on boards across the sector.
This new approach to water management in Victoria will boost security of supply for households, industry and the farm sector, and meet environmental needs.
Ms Neville congratulated those board members who have been appointed or re-appointed to the boards, and thanked all continuing and departing board members for their service to the water sector and the community.
CMAs and water corporations play an important role working with local communities to deliver healthier rivers, waterways and water storages.
They are also vital to the implementation of Water for Victoria – the Labor Government’s plan to secure water supplies at affordable prices and meet the challenges of climate change and population growth.
The appointment of all board members is a robust and fair process, based on the skill and merit of the applicants.
For a full list of all new water board appointments visit: water.vic.gov.au/water-industry-and-customers/board-appointments-2017
Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville
“We want to ensure women have a seat at the table, and are part of the decision making for Victoria’s water security.”
“We’re unapologetic in our determination to promote inclusiveness and equality in our water sector, which is why it’s fantastic to see highly experienced and skilled women in senior roles.”
“These new appointments will bring fresh ideas to the water sector and ensure water boards reflect the community they serve.”
Port Phillip and Westernport CMA new appointees:
Tania Foster (Chair)
Leslie McLean
Olivia Lineham
Dr Sandra Brizga
Metro Water Corporation new appointees:
Tania Fryer – City West Water
Christopher Lovell – City West Water
Russell Anderson – Melbourne Water
Fiona Rowland – Melbourne Water
Arron Wood – South East Water
Karen Milward – Yarra Valley Water
Victoria Marles – Yarra Valley Water
Andrew Cairns (Chair) – Western Water
Claire Filson – Western Water
Isabelle Higgins – Western Water
Joanne Duncan – Western Water





Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Community Safety Female Aggression Cyberbullying "Taking away school kids’ mobile phones a step to stopping school bullies" Herald Sun August 23, 2017




"High school girls have long operated on divide-and-conquer pack mentality that relies on stronger girls hunting out the weaklings. It’s horrendous, but nothing new."
"...the possibility of the images or footage being instantly distributed far and wide, gives bullies enormous power."
Adults including Adult females some of whom would be Mothers do this in the community also
When as citizens we get all hairy chested and mouth "just say NO to bullying" we don't even know what we are talking about.
Most bullying now is not verbal nor physical aggression.
It is covert behind your back and cyber holding one up to embarrassment and ridicule at the flick of a switch.
Secondly actions speak louder than words.
We like bullying big time
Half the community’s into it!
And the other half doesn’t realise it’s going on.

Pete Dowe


Girls/ women who bully


Cyberbullying has become the latest negative tool in the bully’s toolbox. 


Here, the bully can attack, create cliques, gossip, spread rumors, and character-assassinate their target, anonymously.


As a result of the anonymity of the Internet, this relational aggression is particularly toxic. 


Girls are so dependent on relationships that some have been known to go to sleep with their cell phones. So you can imagine how girls feel when they view Facebook pictures of groups they are not included in, parties they have been left out of, and relationships they don’t have... never mind being defriended. This kind of trauma can lead to jealousy, feelings of rejection, sadness, depression, and even suicide.



When women bully, and they do, it is often related to both competition and judgment. Judgment offers control and it has the capacity to lead to cruelty. However, this need for control can be a compensation in women for both self-scrutiny and the fear of being seen.



The insecurity of believing that our personal flaws may become visible and therefore attacked, creates the all too familiar internal dialogue of criticism, that inner voice from early childhood that answers to our own feelings of unworthiness and low self-esteem.






The words now associated with female aggressive behavior include: 

excluding, ignoring, teasing, gossiping, secrets, backstabbing, rumor spreading and hostile body language (i.e., eye-rolling and smirking).  

Most damaging is turning the victim into a social "undesirable". 

The behavior and associated anger is hidden, often wrapped in a package seen as somewhat harmless or just a "girl thing".  



The covert nature of the aggression leaves the victim with no forum to refute the accusations 

and, in fact, attempts to defend oneself leads to an escalation of the aggression." 



(Bullying in the Female World

The Hidden Aggression Behind the Innocent Smile)

Psychology Today Sep 03, 2011





Taking away school kids’ mobile phones a step to stopping school bullies


TAKE away kids’ mobile phones during school hours, give teachers more power to punish bullies and force parents to be more accountable.
These are a few simple steps that would address the ugly bullying flash mobthat occurred this week at Killester College in Springvale.
The incident in question involved two petrified girls barricading themselves in the toilets while a few others taunted them, watched by dozens of others.
This example was certainly extreme, but it’s hardly out of the ordinary. However, when you add mobile phones into the mix, every bully becomes a potential online harasser, relaying every exchange at the push of a button to thousands of others.



It is believed the attack was planned through social media on Monday night as girls used Facebook to assemble a mob.

It’s time to stop and question why high school students are allowed to have phones at school in the first place.
Sadly these days. high school kids too often rule the roost, holding teachers and parents to ransom with their demands for 24/7 mobile phone access, lack of rules and zero accountability.
The kind of bullying that took place in the Killester bathroom has been going on for years. High school girls have long operated on divide-and-conquer pack mentality that relies on stronger girls hunting out the weaklings. It’s horrendous, but nothing new.
Why don’t schools ensure all phones are either handed in at the beginning of the day or are switched off and left in lockers? Any urgent communication from parents can come through the school office like it used to in the old days.



High school students should not be allowed mobile phones at school.

The threat of incidents being filmed, and the possibility of the images or footage being instantly distributed far and wide, gives bullies enormous power.
In this case, the attack was allegedly filmed and broadcast on Facebook Live and reached more than 1000 views before it was deleted.
Although it could be argued the targets of the bullies used their phones to ring for help, having phones didn’t stop the melee from starting in the first place, and certainly made things a lot worse.
The footage of the incident shows more than one student filming, which would have acted to spur on those involved and further scare the targets.
It’s also been alleged that the incident stemmed from comments made on social media on Monday night. The Greater Dandenong Leader has reported that the attack was also planned through social media.
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What to Do if Your Child Is a Bully
We should also be asking where the teachers were while this was going on. The noise from the incident was almost deafening at times, as the girls shouted and hanged on cubicle doors.
A teacher from the school has since said the school worked on the principle of “restorative justice” which meant they would try and bring everyone together. Surely this softly-softly approach is part of the problem. Why haven’t the girls who were watching been punished along with those who were directly involved?
There’s another issue here too: the role of parents. Sadly, questions abound. What are girls learning at home if they think this is an appropriate way to behave? Why do so many girls have so few qualms about hunting down and preying on a couple of their vulnerable peers who were so scared they called the police? Parents need to take control of their own children and stop trying to be their best friends.
Let’s hope we can all learn some lessons from this terrifying incident.



http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/susie-obrien/taking-away-school-kids-mobile-phones-a-step-to-stopping-school-bullies/news-story/d436c8c0565ad008cfc65c1f6ba4b6f2

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Community Safety Euthanasia Bill "We need to clarify what we mean by euthanasia and place safeguards to prevent misuse" Pete Dowe Background material on the bill to come before the #victorianparliament #misuse #voluntaryassisteddyingsubstance #selfadministration #unrecordeddeath

#misuse #voluntaryassisteddyingsubstance #selfadministration #unrecordeddeath



Most Health costs are in the last year of a person’s life so there is a financial imperative to #euthanasia
It cuts health costs

I am also concerned about safeguards where people no longer independent and missing their independence feeling embarrassed and a burden “too old and in the way” feel pressure to “do the right thing” and “fall on their sword”

How will Doctors address pressure on the client?
The client feeling a burden?

To anxious, expectant beneficiaries of a will:
You can wait a year can’t ya?


Pete Dowe


the #pc view of #euthanasia is probably that its time has come
and that any #bill passing the #victorianparliament is progress
Support for #euthanasia probably means "to alleviate suffering of those in unbearable pain with a terminal illness"
But what of
"Our reason for suicide may be anticipation of pain and incompetence, but quite likely just a sense of a life accomplished and coming to a conclusion."
In a 2007 Letter to the Editor published in The Age, Mr Shaw wrote that he planned to end his own life.
"There are thousands of us that plan to enter the Big Sleep at a time of our own choice," he wrote at the time. "We are mostly not religious, but we are sensible, mature, perfectly in control, good and responsible citizens."
When does #assistedsuicide become jusr plain #suicide or #bullying applying pressure to those who feel "too old and in the way" and already feel they are a burden
or #murder by anxious expectant beneficiaries of any will experiencing financial pressure
We need to clarify what we mean by euthanasia and place safeguards to prevent misuse
Background material on the bill to come before the #victorianparliament is attached



Pete Dowe 














Palliative needs


Toby Hall ("Most Australians are rubbish at dying", The Age, 26/8) is spot on in his comments regarding euthanasia. We are deeply uncomfortable in dealing with death and dying in our society (along with the general issue of ageing).


In a culture where self-reliance is everything there is no room for weakness, decline and dependency. Legislating for euthanasia will only reinforce these beliefs.


As a GP my frustration is not with the lack of availability of euthanasia but with the difficulty accessing prompt palliative care, particularly for the elderly, when they quite reasonably have decided they no longer wish to receive further medical treatment and are desperate to stay out of hospital. Let's direct more time, energy and expertise into optimising care in the community before introducing legislation which is likely to assist a tiny number.


Louisa Ennis, Thornbury