An 80-year-old man has been ordered to stand trial for raping his wife in the 1960s. The interesting thing here is that the man’s actions weren’t illegal at the time – common law principles back then meant marriage amounted to consent. His lawyer has argued that present-day values are irrelevant in the case. “One cannot apply contemporary values to apply what the law was. That would be a total oxymoron.,” he said. What do you think?
Women in the Australian Defence Force will be able to serve on the frontline within the next five years. Minister for Defence Stephen Smith said cabinet had approved the measures that will allow women to join frontline units in combat. Currently only 93 per cent of Defence Force positions are open to women and the other seven per cent of positions – which make up 17 per cent of employment and include roles such as mine disposal divers and air force defence guards – exclude women “on the basis of sex”. The move will end the Defence Force’s exemption from Australia’s Sex Discrimination Act.
An Australian Government report has found women are unconsciously excluded from leadership roles on account of being women. The report found that most of the 17 per cent earnings gap between men and women was explained by ”being a woman or by being a man”. Speaking at the launch of the report, the Status of Women Minister Kate Ellis said, ”We are saying very clearly to corporate Australia, we want to work in partnership with you to change this – and it’s an offer that I hope corporate Australia will take up and we don’t have to take that conversation any further.”