Australian of the Year and sexual abuse survivor Grace Tame has hit out at Scott Morrison with a powerful six-word response to his handling of parliament’s sexual assault crisis.
The prime minister vowed to tackle women’s safety in parliament last month – saying he had discussed former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape by a male colleague with his wife Jenny.
He said Jenny had asked him ‘what would you want to happen if it were our girls?’
Ms Tame though on Wednesday said it shouldn’t take Mr Morrison having children for him to empathise with sexual assault victims.
‘Having children doesn’t guarantee a conscience,’ she said following a speech at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday.
Australian of the Year Grace Tame with Prime Minister Scott Morrison on January 25. On Wednesday, she hit out at the prime minister’s handling of parliament’s sexual assault crisis
She also criticised Mr Morrison’s comments in 2019 – when he said he wanted women to have the confidence ‘that if they tell their stories they’ll be believed’.
‘Do you think those words ring true now in the way he handled that?’ she was asked by a reporter.
‘Clearly not,’ she responded.
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Ms Tame speaks at the National Press Club on Wednesday. She was named Australian of the Year last month for her advocacy work for sexual assault survivors
Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News