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The Removalist deals with many Australian attitudes in the 1970s many of which are accurate representations of masculinity held by the majority of Australians The play presents a view on the patriarchy society regarding mens dominance in sexual power physical power and corrupt authority One of the main issues explored in The Removalists is that of mens dominance especially over womens Simmonds the veteran police sergeant shows authority toward Ross a new recruit and are both excessively violent towards Kenny Fiona husband There is an attitude of resigned acceptance towards this dominance as Rob the removalist Fiona who was bashed by Kenny and Kate Fiona sister are all present when Simmonds is attacking Kenny yet none of them attempt to do anything to stop the violence Kenny realises that Simmonds is going to bash him That sergeant is gonna beat the shit outta me He mad as a bloody snake but Fiona and Kate decided to leave because they are powerless to stop them Women portrayed by Fiona and Kate are disgusted by the way men treat women as if inferior and weak yet they believe that there is little or nothing they can do to stop it This is the internal conflict of they are faced with they want to do something but they cantThe desires of men money power and sex may also be a factor that explains how men dominate society It shows us that womens had little power or authority during the 1970s and it showed us that society was men-orientated Another perhaps even more important issue explored in The Removalists is that of police corruption Simmonds and Ross are corrupt police officers one being lacking responsibility as the chief police Simmonds and one conspiring over how to hide the murder he committed Ross Simmonds knows of a local prostitution ring yet does nothing to bring those involved to justice Well there a very attractive group of young girls
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