DAREBIN's city fathers (and mothers) have authorised a sex-segregated party time for Muslim women, joining other councils in recognising that the presumption of gender equality applicable in all other arenas of modern human endeavour must needs be trumped by a robust and sensitive deference to cultural and religious factors. This view has now been endorsed by VCAT, still loaded with the former Labor governments's appointees (and likely to stay that way until Big Ted pulls out his finger and cleans house, as he also needs to do with the senior ranks of his state's public servants).
In any case, and in an effort to help readers understand just what sort of person believes segregation equals equality, here is Darebin Cr Gaetano Greco, just one of the councillors who set the stage for VCAT's ruling.
The need for a tax on cravats and berets has never been more pressing.
UPDATE: More than a power in Darebin's council chamber, Cr Greco stands out in any crowd. Here he is with fellow board members of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria. Be warned: Do not question Greco's passion for multi-culturalism. He is apt to be very short with you.