Finn Hogan: It’s a matter of urgency, then?
Jan Logie: It is, really. It really is a matter of urgency. There are,
you know… The decisions that the Family Court makes can profoundly
impact on the safety of particularly women and kids in this country and
we need to take that seriously.
Finn Hogan: (at about 9:48 minutes) I’ve got another question
in here that I was at first tempted to ignore, but I actually think it
would be quite important to engage with and this comes in almost every
time we get someone like yourself on. It’s from Paul, who says,
“Why don’t you fight for Men’s Rights the way you fight
for other genders? “ And I think, as a Feminist, I thought it would
be quite important to engage with that idea.
Jan Logie: Cool. Choice.
Finn Hogan: And explain to him why, why is it so important we have
to focus on policy initiatives around this area supporting women.
Jan Logie: So, previously, in opposition, I was our Women’s Spokesperson,
so that was the main reason, but I would also say I would describe it
as absolutely important that, as a country, we start talking about gender-based
violence, and that’s what I’m doing, because Intimate Partner
Violence, in particular, and Sexual Violence, is driven by how we’ve
constructed gender roles in this country and are really damaging.
And that affects men, as well as women… that … we know …
in opposition I worked really hard around Sexual Violence to get funding
for male survivors because no one was talking about their needs and men
are victims of Sexual Violence. That’s a reality and we need to
make sure they’ve got appropriate support. And we know that, because
of the way people are told it is to be a man in this country – you
know, like that “Staunch it up”.