Five new Official Visitors!

By 10 January, 2014 23

Simon Corbell has announced not one but five official visitors for the ACT have been appointed:

“Official visitors work to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, across diverse environments,” Mr Corbell said.

“They perform an invaluable service to our community, as communicators and problem solvers, observers and reporters.

“They are the eyes and ears of Ministers and provide statutorily independent oversight on a range of services. ”

Dr Judy Putt has been appointed as an official visitor for the Corrections Management Act 2007.

Ms Tracey Whetnall has been appointed as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander official visitor for the Children and Young People Act 2008 and also remains the official visitor for the ACT’s adult correctional facilities.

Ms Dianne Lucas is appointed as an official visitor for the Housing Assistance Act 2007.

Ms Sue Salthouse and Ms Narelle Hargreaves have been appointed as official visitors for the Disability Services Act 1991.

“These appointments have the strong support of Ministers Burch and Rattenbury, the Ministers responsible under the Official Visitor Act 2012 for the operational areas covered by the visitors,” Mr Corbell said.

“The appointments have also been endorsed by the Office for Women.

UPDATE: Shane Rattenbury has also announced the visitors.

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23 Responses to Five new Official Visitors!
#1
IrishPete9:38 am, 11 Jan 14

Good to see.

Judy has lots of relevant experience.

I wondered why Ivan wasn’t completing his contract, but I see he is moving onto SAB which explains it.

Tracey does a great job.

I don’t know the other three and they are outside my area, but Ms Hargreaves’ name is strangely familiar.

IP

#2
gooterz11:01 am, 11 Jan 14

Glad to see men are represented once again

#3
Antagonist4:05 pm, 11 Jan 14

gooterz said :

Glad to see men are represented once again

I was thinking it …

#4
gooterz9:31 pm, 11 Jan 14

Antagonist said :

gooterz said :

Glad to see men are represented once again

I was thinking it …

Same old story for act government. 66% of its service is female.

These five women approved by a minister for women but not by a minister for men.

“vulnerable members of our community”, i thought they went into prisons aka those of whom needed to be separated from the rest of us for preying on the most vulnerable.

I’m sure this just translates into female prisoners though.

#5
joingler11:22 pm, 11 Jan 14

Can anyone explain in laymans terms what these ‘official visitors’ are for. Do they oversee any inquests into their related fields or is it something else?

As for them all being women, I am 22 year old male and I couldn’t care less. I wouldn’t be whinging if all 5 were male so I won’t whinge about them all being female either. I have faith that the right processes were gone through and the best candidates got the job.

That being said, I do find it peculiar that we have a minister for women but not a minister for men. Very peculiar…….

#6
gooterz12:39 am, 12 Jan 14

The 12 person ministerial advisory council for women is also only women.

http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/women/ministerial_advisory_council_on_women

#7
gooterz12:50 am, 12 Jan 14

http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/hcs/policies/domestic_violence_policy#definition

Does it worry anyone else that domestic violence by the act definition is only against women.

“Domestic violence is an abuse of power perpetrated mainly (but not only) by men against women in a relationship or after separation.” Domestic violence is about far more than physical violence. It is about systematic, patterned and repeated abuse of power and control.”

Men are never the victims. They are only second class

#8
gazket5:25 am, 12 Jan 14

joingler said :

Can anyone explain in laymans terms what these ‘official visitors’ are for. Do they oversee any inquests into their related fields or is it something else?

As for them all being women, I am 22 year old male and I couldn’t care less. I wouldn’t be whinging if all 5 were male so I won’t whinge about them all being female either. I have faith that the right processes were gone through and the best candidates got the job.

That being said, I do find it peculiar that we have a minister for women but not a minister for men. Very peculiar…….

From rattenburgers statement they seem to do his prison portfolio for him but give them a non descript title visitor. Seems to be only for aboriginals. I’d like to see how much tax the aboriginals put towards these money sucking programs

#9
Woody Mann-Caruso9:34 am, 12 Jan 14

There there, gooterz.

/spits on hanky, wipes away sook-snot

#10
Antagonist9:37 am, 12 Jan 14

joingler said :

As for them all being women, I am 22 year old male and I couldn’t care less. … I have faith that the right processes were gone through and the best candidates got the job.

Pwaaaaaahahahaha !!! Your 22 year old naivety is hilarious :) On a more serious note, it concerns me that no men were considered suitable for the role. Gender *balance* is the key word here. 5 out of 5 positions for women does not appear balanced at all.

gooterz said :

http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/hcs/policies/domestic_violence_policy#definition

Does it worry anyone else that domestic violence by the act definition is only against women.

It does indeed bother me. Domestic violence is gender neutral. Perpetrators of domestic violence can be young, old, male, female and so on. This is the issue I have with White Ribbon Day which also focusses solely on domestic violence against women, rather than domestic violence as a whole.

#11
poetix10:05 am, 12 Jan 14

gooterz said :

The 12 person ministerial advisory council for women is also only women.

http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/women/ministerial_advisory_council_on_women

I’m sure they’d welcome you onto the Council, with your insight and all.

#12
IrishPete11:00 am, 12 Jan 14

gazket said :

From rattenburgers statement they seem to do his prison portfolio for him but give them a non descript title visitor. Seems to be only for aboriginals. I’d like to see how much tax the aboriginals put towards these money sucking programs

Well, the land the prison is built on was stolen from them in 1788, or not long after. I think that’s contribution enough.

The official visitors are not just for indigenous people. There’s one for everyone and one for indigenous. You have misunderstood the media release.

IP

#13
gooterz12:07 pm, 12 Jan 14

IrishPete said :

gazket said :

From rattenburgers statement they seem to do his prison portfolio for him but give them a non descript title visitor. Seems to be only for aboriginals. I’d like to see how much tax the aboriginals put towards these money sucking programs

Well, the land the prison is built on was stolen from them in 1788, or not long after. I think that’s contribution enough.

The official visitors are not just for indigenous people. There’s one for everyone and one for indigenous. You have misunderstood the media release.

IP

So the council of ladies is all women to represent only women. One of the visitors needs to be aboriginal to represent aboriginals. Yet most of the population is men but they can be represented by five women.

This coming after we did a study on the prision but could only afford to study the women in prison.

#14
gooterz12:09 pm, 12 Jan 14

poetix said :

gooterz said :

The 12 person ministerial advisory council for women is also only women.

http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/women/ministerial_advisory_council_on_women

I’m sure they’d welcome you onto the Council, with your insight and all.

i’m sure if i started a council of men that women would violently be against it.

#15
Pork Hunt3:00 pm, 12 Jan 14

gooterz said :

poetix said :

gooterz said :

The 12 person ministerial advisory council for women is also only women.

http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/women/ministerial_advisory_council_on_women

I’m sure they’d welcome you onto the Council, with your insight and all.

i’m sure if i started a council of men that women would violently be against it.

Can I watch?

#16
gazket3:44 pm, 12 Jan 14

IrishPete said :

gazket said :

From rattenburgers statement they seem to do his prison portfolio for him but give them a non descript title visitor. Seems to be only for aboriginals. I’d like to see how much tax the aboriginals put towards these money sucking programs

Well, the land the prison is built on was stolen from them in 1788, or not long after. I think that’s contribution enough.

The official visitors are not just for indigenous people. There’s one for everyone and one for indigenous. You have misunderstood the media release.

IP

we stole the land did we. How can Aboriginals move forward when people like your type keep dragging them down to keep some kind of political fascism alive.

#17
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd4:08 pm, 12 Jan 14

Check your privilege, idiots.

#18
sepi4:36 pm, 12 Jan 14

gooterz said :

poetix said :

gooterz said :

The 12 person ministerial advisory council for women is also only women.

http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/women/ministerial_advisory_council_on_women

I’m sure they’d welcome you onto the Council, with your insight and all.

i’m sure if i started a council of men that women would violently be against it.

There is already a council of men – Tony Abbot’s government.
What more do you want?

#19
Pork Hunt5:30 pm, 12 Jan 14

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Check your privilege, idiots.

What does that even mean? Please explain.

#20
IrishPete5:31 pm, 12 Jan 14

gazket said :

we stole the land did we. How can Aboriginals move forward when people like your type keep dragging them down to keep some kind of political fascism alive.

Love that idea. Take their land. Wipe them out deliberately as well as accidentally through disease. Take their children. Confine them all to grim “missions”. Finally start counting them in the Census, conveniently too late to measure the effect of the genocide. Then a generation or two later tell them to get over it. Genius.

Here’s how indigenous people might get ahead – pay rent on the land taken from them (currently a lot that rent goes to the governments, e.g. pastoral leases, mining). (Giving the land back simply isn’t practical any more, when that means cities and towns.) Put that money in a big trust fund to pay the “welfare” that so many white Australians resent paying, and to also invest in activities which can create proper jobs. So much of the investment that does happen at the moment seems to go astray http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/land-council-ups-pressure-for-uluru-resort-inquiry/story-fn9hm1pm-1226786201054 and the biggest beneficiaries from Native Title claims seem to be the legal profession.

Rudd’s apology may be the positive thing he will be most remembered for, but it was a first step, not an end point, and we haven’t taken any more steps.

IP

#21
chewy146:47 pm, 12 Jan 14

Who cares if they’re all women as long as they can do the job?

I’m as likely to care about gooterz point as I am about feminist whinging relating to Abbotts ministry.

#22
sepi10:16 pm, 12 Jan 14

chewy14 said :

Who cares if they’re all women as long as they can do the job?

I’m as likely to care about gooterz point as I am about feminist whinging relating to Abbotts ministry.

I think you mean:
I’m as likely to care about gooterz whinging as I am about the feminist point relating to Abbott’s ministry.

#23
chewy1410:51 pm, 12 Jan 14

sepi said :

chewy14 said :

Who cares if they’re all women as long as they can do the job?

I’m as likely to care about gooterz point as I am about feminist whinging relating to Abbotts ministry.

I think you mean:
I’m as likely to care about gooterz whinging as I am about the feminist point relating to Abbott’s ministry.

Nope, I didn’t mean that, they’re the same type of whinging.

I think it would be worse if Abbott promoted women just to fit into some sort of appeasement quota when those women should be forced to connive, backstab, kiss ass and all around lie for years to get ahead just like the male politicians do.

Anyone that thinks that politics is a meritocracy is either very naïve or stupid.

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