February 24, 2009

Globalisation & Diversity – week 1

“The Global Financial Crisis” by K. Rudd can be viewed as a political opportunistic endeavour to espouse the ideals of social democratic reform over what is referred to as neo-liberalism. It is obvious from the outset that Rudd’s intent is to align himself along with his Labor Party as the saviours of the global economic crisis on the coat tails of United States President Obama (Social Liberal) while laying the blame for Australia’s woes on the former, Liberal, Howard Government along with the demise of Australia’s health and education – the ongoing mantra of The Australian Labor Party.

What Rudd does not acknowledge, however, is that the Australian State Governments, responsible for health and education as funded through the national GST system of state funding, have predominantly all been Labour Governments during the Howard years; that State Labor Governments have also been responsible for the privatisation of state assets; and that, despite taking a swipe at Liberal conservative views, Rudd declared himself an ‘economic conservative’ during his 2007 election campaign.

While private sector greed through hedge betting, future markets and the like is no doubt the cause of the US financial crash – that has grown globally due to increased open market trade – the notion put forward by Rudd that self regulated markets do not self correct is wrong – the global market is self correcting as a result of this greed – it may not be pretty, but the markets have dropped to represent the true state of affairs.

Globalisation, for example when concerning Islamic women in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, provides women with a stronger voice to speak out against injustices and inequalities against women due to cultural and secular patriarchal ideals.

According to the article ‘Equality in Muslim family law on the table’ (Sunday Post, 15-02-2009) “… the perception that such demands for justice are not made by ‘traditional’ women in rural areas is ‘a myth’”. Ideally through the monitoring of any religious and/or regional frameworks by women’s rights groups and inclusion of women’s voices at ASEAN would “ensure that the ASEAN Human Rights Charter would ‘actually provide meaningful change’ for women”.

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