The day after International Men’s Day, I rose in the Legislative Council to:
- acknowledge that Wednesday, 19 November 2014, was International Men’s Day and to thank the men of Western Australia for their contribution to this state;
- recognise that in order for our interdependent society to be a truly great one, it requires, amongst other things, male role models who are both positive and effective; and
- implore all residents of Western Australia to encourage men and boys, irrespective of opportunities, finances or personal circumstances, to make life decisions based on the principles of integrity, dignity and respect.
You can read the rest of my speech here.
It was telling that, with one exception, the only speakers to the motion were Liberal MPs. Nevertheless hopefully it proved to be another step towards getting MPs to appreciate that in order to be pro-women and pro-children, one needs to also be pro-men. We undeniably live in an interdependent society.