Cyber bullies forced to apologise to victims under ‘world-first’ safety laws

Cyber bullies could face $110,000 fines, and adults bullying children online could be obliged to apologise to their victims, under an online safety act.

Source: Cyber bullies forced to apologise to victims under ‘world-first’ safety laws

What the Craig McLachlan verdict says about respectful workplaces | ArtsHub Australia

Magistrate Wallington concluded that the acts did take place, but, applying the laws of 2014, they could not be proven to ‘a criminal standard’ and there was not enough evidence to prove McLachlan ‘understood he did not have consent’.

Source: What the Craig McLachlan verdict says about respectful workplaces | ArtsHub Australia

Christian Porter and Alan Tudge: Their family values.

Whilst Attorney-General Christian Porter and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge have both spent their careers publicly espousing family values, their alleged behaviour in the corridors of Canberra suggest otherwise.

As former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told journalist Louise Milligan, “Some of the most trenchant opponents of same-sex marriage, all in the name of traditional marriage, were at the same time enthusiastic practitioners of traditional adultery.”

Their actions are profoundly hypocritical.

Barrister Kathleen Foley knew Porter from the age of 16, when he coached her in debating at the University of Western Australia, She later worked as a WA state solicitor when Mr Porter was a WA Crown prosecutor.

“For all of that time I’ve known him to be someone who was, in my opinion, based on what I saw, deeply sexist and actually misogynist in his treatment of women, in the way he spoke about women,”  Foley said on Four Corners.

“I remember him commenting that he would never date a woman who weighed over 50 kilograms,” she said.

“That stood out to me. I also remember a relationship of his that ended and he commented that the woman involved was thin enough, but she didn’t have big enough tits, and the next woman that he was going to date needed to be as thin, but have bigger tits.”

Source: Christian Porter and Alan Tudge: Their family values.

Whitlam’s women’s adviser Elizabeth Reid details unwelcome advance from governor-general Sir John Kerr – ABC News

A pioneering feminist trying to change things from the inside, Elizabeth Reid was subjected to the very behaviour she was fighting against — including an unwanted sexual advance from the governor-general.

Source: Whitlam’s women’s adviser Elizabeth Reid details unwelcome advance from governor-general Sir John Kerr – ABC News

No shortage of sexist moments in 2020, but here’s who takes the cake

Of course, there were the usual suspects. Those repeat offenders (cough *Mark Latham, Malcolm Roberts) who seem to relish being as noxious as possible at any given opportunity.

But there were also some new faces including top gong (Gold Ernie) going to Jayson Westbury, CEO of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents who sickeningly suggested that Tracey Grimshaw deserved a “firm uppercut or a slap across the face” for her reporting of a travel industry refund scandal.

The Political Silver Ernie went to the previously mentioned, Senator Malcolm Roberts for his commentary on the family law system (and apparent defence of perpetrators of domestic violence) when he said:“But when you’re a father, and you can’t get access to your kids, and you can’t get access to the legal system properly, what else is there to do other than check out or hurt the other person?”

There was a dead heat for the Celebrity/Clerical Silver Ernie going to the Council of the Order of Australia for awarding Bettina Arndt an AM for her “significant service to the community as a social commentator, and to gender equity through advocacy for men”.

Ironically, Bettina Arndt was awarded her own Ernie (AKA ‘The Elaine for remarks least helpful to the sisterhood) for her commentary on the devastating murder of Hannah Clarke and her children in which she congratulated “the Queensland police for keeping an open mind and awaiting proper evidence, including the possibility that Rowan Baxter might have been ‘driven too far’.”

Unsurprisingly, Pauline Hanson stepped up for joint acquisition of ‘The Elaine’ for her comments as Deputy chair of the Family Court Enquiry, in which she suggested that women were fabricating stories of domestic violence:“A lot of the women out there abuse the system by instigating false DVOs against their former partners or their husbands. They use that to further their needs… Domestic violence orders have got completely out of hand”, she claimed.

And, in case these recollections aren’t enough to have you tearing your hair out to the point of baldness, let’s not forget the wonderful Shore school boys who also scored a Silver Ernie for their recent ‘Triwizard Shorenament’.The ‘muck-up day’ challenge manual that included instructions for students to have sex with a woman over 80kgs; aged over 40; or who was deemed to be a ‘3/10 or lower’.

Source: No shortage of sexist moments in 2020, but here’s who takes the cake

Major NSW Parties Vote Down Law Against Sexual Predators in the Police Force

The major parties of the NSW parliament have voted down a law which would have sought to ensure that “sexual misconduct [by police officers] reduces… [their] promotional opportunities”

The Greens amendment would have added provisions to section 71 of the Police Act 1990 (NSW), ensuring the commissioner must not promote an officer who’s engaged in prior sexual harassment or misconduct, and that an inquiry to ascertain if this is the case be conducted before promotion.

Source: Major NSW Parties Vote Down Law Against Sexual Predators in the Police Force

‘There are no human rights here’: Inside the Government’s ‘exploitative’ backpacker visa scheme

Sexual harassment, requests to wear a bikini, being asked to lure other backpackers into exploitative schemes, and an hourly wage of just $2.50 — these are the stories of backpackers working under the Federal Government’s visa scheme.

Source: ‘There are no human rights here’: Inside the Government’s ‘exploitative’ backpacker visa scheme – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australian women in their late teens more likely to be victims of sexual assault

A new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals young men were most likely to be the perpetrators of sexual assault.

In 2018–19, 97% of sexual assault offenders recorded by police were men, the report found. The Personal Safety Survey does not rely on police data, but collects information directly from men and women aged 18 years and above about the nature and extent of violence they have experienced since the age of 15, whether they reported it to police or not.

The CEO of Gender Equity Victoria, Tanja Kovac, said despite the high-profile MeToo movement, high-profile prosecutions of men and increased investment in behavioural change, statistics around violence against women were worsening.

The CEO for Our Watch, Patty Kinnersly, said sexual assault is “devastatingly common in Australia”.

“It is also a highly gendered issue,” she said. “As the data consistently shows, what links all forms of violence against women is that they are overwhelmingly perpetrated by men.”

She said more needed to be done to address individual men’s attitudes and behaviours as well as attitudes embedded across society.

Source: Australian women in their late teens more likely to be victims of sexual assault | Australia news | The Guardian

Sydney bar manager who took man to court for slapping her bottom says she hopes for change

Annabel Bassil decided to take a stand against harassment in the hospitality industry after an incident which she says well and truly “crossed the line”.

The bar manager was smacked on the bottom by a male patron, who later pleaded guilty to common assault, and says she hopes her case will be a force for change for women in the industry.

Source: Sydney bar manager who took man to court for slapping her bottom says she hopes for change – ABC News

Girls no more: why elite gymnastics competition for women should start at 18

The new Netflix documentary Athlete A details how Larry Nassar, the US women’s gymnastics team doctor, was brought to justice after sexually abusing hundreds of gymnasts.

Since its release, gymnasts around the world have come forward with stories of physical and emotional abuse.

Following allegations of abuse by Australian athletes, the Australian Human Rights Commission will conduct a review on behalf of Gymnastics Australia.

Athletes – including former Olympians – are now calling for an increase in the minimum age for senior international competition from 16 to 18.

Source: Girls no more: why elite gymnastics competition for women should start at 18