Women need to earn the job

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

WHEN­EVER I pick up a news­pa­per or am silly enough to turn on the TV, some­one, usu­ally a sheila, is claim­ing we need more women in this or that job. “Gen­der equal­ity” is the catch­phrase.

I’ll go grandad on yer girls and give you some ad­vice. When I was 21 I drove a cab at night to earn some de­cent money while do­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship. I knew a lady of the night who of­fered me 10,000 pounds to marry her, ($ 20,000 enough to buy two pretty flash homes back then), be­cause she wanted to le­git­imise her il­le­git- imate daugh­ter. I de­clined. Not long af­ter, my first love’s fa­ther sat me down, stuck a scotch in my paw and an­nounced that a 1000 acre Drought­mas­ter stud in the Gold Coast hin­ter­land was his wed­ding present when his daugh­ter got mar­ried. I never saw her again.

Be­fore I turned 30, I’d brassed my trade, been in and out of a road­house at Mount Isa. Made a good earn. Got into real es­tate, won a cou­ple of sales­man of the year ti­tles and rose to land sales man­ager for Queens­land.

Got out of that and made heaps more money in farm ma­chin­ery. By 40 I was spend­ing the money I’d made breed­ing and rac­ing horses. Had a great 20 years do­ing that.

Re­tired. Hated it. Now I’m care­taker/ man­ager of a 70,000 acre bul­lock sta­tion. Lov­ing it. Been here 12 years now.

If you get some­thing be­cause you’ve earned it, it’s far sweeter than be­ing handed some­thing you can’t han­dle.

You’ve only got to look at La­bor and Lib­eral politi­cians to see the truth in that. FRANK BROWN


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