Malcolm Turnbull has informed us on multiple occasions that he is a proud feminist. Indeed he has been publicly enunciating this for at least the past 30 years.
This is something he imbibed from his mother, Coral Lansbury, an ardent feminist, atheist1 and Labor Party supporter. Coral was a prolific scriptwriter for ABC radio soap operas, and her writing included what she called “crypto-feminist” themes. Radio soap operas were extremely popular before the television era and so this propaganda would be broadcast to the masses of Australia in a potent exercise of mass brain-washing.
Feminism is an ideology that pretends to be about helping women, but is, in reality, just a Trojan Horse for leftist-globalist ideology. Most people won’t accept the raw version of leftist ideology, but if you dress it up as “helping women” it becomes palatable.
Leftists oppose the true institution of marriage, one man & one woman united for the purpose of raising children. They want to stop marriage, at least as a general practice, and they have lately been succeeding. One means of achieving this has been to manipulate women into leaving their husbands.
Turnbull has, for example, encouraged women to leave their husbands even over just “controlling behaviour” which he defines as “domestic violence” even when there is no physical violence involved. Moreover, Turnbull has made statements to the effect that only women can be victims of domestic violence. In an appearance on Channel 9’s Today show [22nd Sep, 2015] Turnbull said:
“The issue of family violence, or domestic violence as it’s often called – which is just violence against women, which is the way I prefer to describe it – is an enormous one.”
The traditional family unit has a man at its head, with ultimate control. Turnbull is effectively defining this situation as immoral, with the male head guilty of “domestic violence” even if he hasn’t laid a glove on his wife.
But feminism is a versatile weapon in the hands of a leftist, and the traditional family unit isn’t the only victim. Turnbull has, for example, used feminism as a justification for attacking that great pillar of Australian culture we call ‘mateship’.
When, in the late 1990s, the then Prime Minister, John Howard, wanted the word ‘mateship’ put into the preamble of the Australian Constitution, Turnbull opposed and mocked it, saying:
“Howard tried to argue that ‘mateship’ was not a masculine term, but women were not convinced. Mates and mateship were as blokey as you could get. This was a preamble wearing thongs, stubbies and a blue singlet.” 2
Furthermore, just two months after Turnbull became Prime Minister, his government started organising new signage for the Kokoda Trail which removed the word ‘mateship’ and replaced it with ‘friendship’, whilst simultaneously spending millions of dollars to promote “gender equality” (i.e. feminism) on the trail.
As Prime Minister, Turnbull has also heavily promoted “International Women’s Day”, one of the primary propaganda devices for pushing feminism. In 2016, for example, he celebrated by mandating that government boards be comprised of 40% women at an absolute minimum. In 2018 he was so excited he wore two purple ribbons on his lapel instead of one, yet he can’t bring himself to ever wear an Australian flag pin.
The idea for “International Women’s Day” was conceived in 1910 at the Socialist World Congress in Copenhagen, a major conference of the organisation known as the ‘Second International’.3 The ‘Second International’ was a global coalition of communists and socialists whose membership included Bolshevik leader Vladmir Lenin, an attendee at the 1910 conference.4
No date was specified at the aforementioned conference, and so dates varied among different leftist groups in different countries. In 1917, Russian communists held a women’s day on the 8th of March (23rd of February in the Julian calendar) and actually used it to initiate their successful coup d’état against the monarchy.5 Communist women whipped up riots in the streets of Saint Petersburg, and used emotion to sway soldiers into abandoning their loyalty to the monarchy. This escalated into the overthrow of Tsar Nicholas II and the eventual establishment of the Soviet Union.
Trotsky later wrote about how the communists used women to achieve their goals:
“A great role is played by women workers in relationship between workers and soldiers. They go up to the cordons more boldly than men, take hold of the rifles, beseech, almost command: “Put down your bayonets – join us.” The soldiers are excited, ashamed, exchange anxious glances, waver; someone makes up his mind first, and the bayonets rise guiltily above the shoulders of the advancing crowd.” 6
In June 1921 the ‘Second International Conference of Communist Women’, held in Moscow and chaired by Clara Zetkin, proclaimed the 8th of March as the fixed date for “International Women’ Day” in remembrance of those communist Russian women whose activities had facilitated the revolution.7,8
In 1922 Vladmir Lenin decreed that the day be made official and observed annually. In the same year the newly formed Chinese Communist Party recognised the day and began celebrating it.3 When they took control of mainland China in 1949 they immediately made it an officially recognised day, with women given half the day off.
In 1975, the day was officially adopted by the United Nations,9 after which it was increasingly promoted by governments in Western countries as the ‘politically-correct’ alternative (or replacement) for Mother’s Day.
In promoting so-called “International Women’s Day” Turnbull is perpetuating this communist legacy, and backing an ideology that seeks to crush the traditional family unit.
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1. Manning, P. (2015). Born to Rule: The unauthorised biography of Malcolm Turnbull. (ch. 1). Melbourne University Press.
2. Turnbull, M. (1999). Fighting for the Republic. (p. 89). Australia: Hardie Grant Books.
3. Kaplan, T. (1985). On the Socialist Origins of International Women’s Day. Feminist Studies, 11(1), pp. 163-171.
4. Rice, Christopher (1990). Lenin: Portrait of a Professional Revolutionary. London: Cassell. pp. 114-116.
5. (2007, July 11). When women set Russia ablaze. Retrieved May 9, 2018, from http://www.fifthinternational.org/content/when-women-set-russia-ablaze
6. Trudell, M. (2017, May 24). The Women of 1917. Retrieved May 9, 2018, from https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/05/women-workers-strike-russian-revolution-bolshevik-party-feminism
7. Frencia, C., Gaido, D. (2017, March 8). The Socialist Origins of International Women’s Day. Retrieved May 9, 2018, from https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/03/international-womens-day-clara-zetkin-working-class-socialist
8. Retrieved May 9, 2018, from https://web.archive.org/web/20110313064904/http://www.mmf2010.info/our-action/le-8-mars-2013-journee-internationale-des-femmes-a-la-recherche-de-la-memoire-perdue
9. Retrieved May 9, 2018, from http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/iwd/iwdarchives.html