An inquiry into the rape allegation against the AG and women’s safety in Parliament House

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Within several months, we have had multiple male government ministers accused of chronic misogynistic statements and behaviour. We have seen the exploitation of female staffers, and we have heard about multiple alleged rapes. 

Most recently, we have become aware of the tragic case of a woman who recently died from suicide after suffering for years with the trauma of a violent rape. She alleged that the perpetrator is a cabinet minister. It has been revealed that the minister she accused is Attorney-General Christian Porter.  He denies the accusation.

The response of the PM and his government?

- Denial, cover ups, deflection and victim-blaming (Peter Dutton called the Higgins case a "he said, she said" situation).

- Scott Morrison said he questioned Christian Porter and received a vehement denial of the claims. He does not believe the Attorney-General needs to step down.

We, the people of Australia do not believe that the Federal Parliament should be able to behave as a lawless bubble where women can be used and abused without consequences.

We call for an independent, far-reaching inquiry into the culture in parliament and the public service which allows men to exploit women. These women risk their careers and health if they call for justice.  UPDATE - This will happen and be led by sex discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins.

We call for the immediate suspension of the minister in question, pending an independent inquiry into the suitability of this person as a member of the government.

We call on PM Scott Morrison to stop using language which trivialises rape and excuses the perpetrators. We ask that he commit to believing women.

We ask that the government recognises the pain that misogyny and sexual assault causes, and respects and believes the victims

Dr Kate Ahmad and Dr Anita Hutchison

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1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au