At a press conference at CSL on Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this, in part:
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison had a press conference today where he attempted to explain how appalled he was that someone could masturbate over the desk of a female member of parliament, and that something must be done.
This follows on from a couple of articles I wrote last year about the ultraconservatives circling the wagons to protect paedophiles as well as their mates in the coal industry1,2. This begins a look at the intersection of religion, especially Christianity, with politics.
In parliament, Morrison said: “It is good and right, Mr Speaker, that so many are able to gather here in this way, whether in our capital or elsewhere, and to do so peacefully to express their concerns and their very genuine and real frustrations. This is a vibrant liberal democracy, Mr Speaker. Not far from here, such marches, even now, are being met with bullets, but not here in this country, Mr Speaker; not here in this country.
Morrison gave a speech in Perth, at the International Women’s Day ‘Women in Resources’ Breakfast in 2019, where he said: “One of the other female [former] members of my Cabinet, Kelly O’Dwyer, said at the Press Club last year, our Minister for Women, “Gender equality isn’t about pitting girls against boys.” See, we’re not about setting Australians against each other, trying to push some down to lift others up.”1
In front of the cameras while on a visit to Windaroo during the 2019 federal election campaign, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said “…We had one of the early questions on rape, and women being raped and the lack of reporting, and one of the things that often happens with that is they are not believed, and their stories are not believed, and it’s important their stories are believed, and they know that if they come forward their stories will be believed.
Greg Barns SC has raised the possibility that the accuser of Christian Porter had a false memory and in an article in Crikey, David Hardaker has raised the possibility that “If there is to be an independent inquiry into the unproven allegation of rape 33 years ago against Attorney-General Christian Porter, it may be that repressed memory therapy will be in the dock.”1 I don’t subscribe to Crikey, so cannot read the article beyond the first couple of short paragraphs.