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The value of men's housework
A legal precedent has been established in Australia which legally
recognizes the reality that husbands perform valuable domestic
services, and that those services have value.  Most everyone
knows that in divorce, the husband's side of the "work equation"
remains unrecognized, and women end up with lopsided awards
of maintenance and property as a result.  Attorneys everywhere
should be citing this case -- a benchmark for equality.
The Sun-Herald / The Sydney Morning Herald
August 2, 2001
The value of men's housework
Recognition of the contribution men make to domestic duties after their
retirement has won a group of widows a significant legal victory.
Eleven women whose husbands died from exposure to asbestos while they
worked on the Victorian waterfront had their claims settled yesterday in
what lawyers described as a monumental breakthrough.
The women won their case for compensation for the hardship they had
suffered since their husbands' deaths, which in one case was 20 years ago.
In an out of court, confidential settlement, the women will be compensated
for the work their husbands would have done around the house.
The women claimed they had suffered financial and other disadvantage as a
result of their husbands' premature deaths from asbestos-related illness.
They sued the federal government's Stevedoring Industry Finance Committee
and the manufacturers James Hardie and CSR.
Lawyer Suzanne Sandford of the Melbourne firm Slater and Gordon said the
case could open the door to thousands of similar claims.
"Now the widows of waterside workers whose lives were tragically shortened
by dangerous workplace conditions ... will not suffer further hardship
after prematurely losing their husbands," Ms Sandford said.
The claim was partly based on an Australian Bureau of Statistics finding
that men over 65 spent an average of 19.5 hours a week doing work around
the house.
For one of the women, Dot Stanvi of Rye, south of Melbourne, the
settlement means she can continue to live in her family home.
"It has made the difference between staying put or having to move on," Mrs
Stanvi said.
"My husband used to do everything and since he's been gone the house has
become run down - there are a lot of things I just can't do."
While the settlement is not a legal precedent, Ms Sandford said it paved
the way for other, similar claims."
Copyright  2001. All rights reserved
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Please note:  the purpose of this ruling was to give women benefits  not to 
benefit men in the least, however it can be used as a back door to do so.


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