THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH
UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY VICE-CHANCELLOR IS RIGHT TO CONDEMN CONTEMPT FOR WOMEN
Labor commends the University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor, Michael Spence, for his leadership in response to material on Facebook, originating from residents at St Paul’s College, displaying contempt for women.
Dr Spence is right. The continued refusal of St Paul’s College to address its culture of deep contempt for women draws into question its very license to operate.
Talking about “slaying” women, or comparing them to harpooned whales is abhorrent.
Speaking out against material that displays contempt for women, and taking action to insist on respect for women, can help in addressing gender inequality.
Combatting anti-women behaviour at universities and within residential colleges requires leadership and action from universities, as well as from student unions in conjunction with the Respect. Now. Always campaign.
We commend Dr Spence for holding the College to account.
THURSDAY, 1 JUNE 2017