Rape Never Heals

Today’s Guest Author is Puff, the Magic Dragon. Thank you so much for your contribution, my dear friend. My apologies for the delay – it’s taken me several days to get into the “guest author” persona but at last I’ve managed! (And I’ve written down the password …)

Rape never heals is the basis of any discussion about rape.

There is no passage of time, no therapy, and no medicine to reverse it.

There is no way to return to being un-raped.

The trauma may reduce, but it can never unhappen.

You could protest that any violent attack does the same. But there’s a fundamental difference: rape is an invasion. Why do countries spend so much energy and resources to repel invasion? Let that thought linger a while and consider it.

The perpetrators may have many reasons or none.

A perpetrator, or to say it plainly, a rapist, always has an excuse, usually founded on a false belief of the lesser humanity of women. But unlike non-human mammals, a female human has a menstrual cycle, not an oestrus cycle. The permission needed to engage with a male human comes from her consciousness, as it does for any human to engage sexually with another.

Unlike animals, human mammals have choice, and they exercise it. Female humans exercise the choice all the time – to accept, reject, or just not be interested – all their lives. It is why we as females are not animals in heat. We are not there for the taking. No human is there for the taking. We have the fundamental human right to decide with whom we have sexual relations, and when and how.

So when this human right is broken, it is not we who become less than human.

We do not revert to the animal instincts of a species needing to propagate to survive. There are too many humans anyway, we passed that point millenniums ago.

The rapist is the one who has chosen to revert, to treat other humans as mere objects, and to betray humanity.

Rapists violate the human rights of others for their own sub-human excuses.

This is not just the violent assault, the sudden attack.

When a person does not or cannot give consent, it is rape. If you are not invited into the house, it is trespass. If permission is revoke and you do not leave, it is trespass.

With the body of a human both are rape.

A rapist can believe what they are doing is not rape: “You can’t call rape” is a common phrase.

It is rape even when a person has to put up with the act to relieve the pressure to give-in, to “get it over and done with”, or to keep the rapist from hurting others in the family.

So how should we react to rapists?

As humans who briefly lost their way, with the usual excuse of its being the victims fault?

Or as perpetrators of a crime against humanity: unfit for the freedom of human society, or any role in which they have authority over any other human being?

Society can only work on trust. When that trust is broken, it must be mended.

Rape is a fundamental breach of trust and cannot be mended.

When a person is raped, society itself is raped.

As a human society, it is up to us to determine if we will accept this, excuse it, cover up for it, deny its existence, collude and, ultimately  betray our humanity and each other.

Just remember, the victim, and us, can never, ever be un-raped.

305 thoughts on “Rape Never Heals

    • I have a personal rape story.

      I don’t want to go into details, but it was in the category of “just do it and get it over with”.

      I was 18.

  1. The ABC reported that Australian Federal Police have been notified after Scott Morrison and two senators, Labor’s Penny Wong and the Greens’ Sarah Hanson-Young, received a letter detailing an allegation of historical rape against a cabinet minister.

    Wong has sent Guardian Australia this statement in related to the story:

    My office received an anonymous letter which was also addressed to the Prime Minister and Senator Hanson-Young.

    The contents of the letter, and an attachment which appears to be a statement prepared by the complainant, relate to an allegation of rape.

    I understand the complainant reported this allegation to the NSW Police Force and South Australia Police.

    I have forwarded the letter to the NSW Police Force, South Australia Police and the Australian Federal Police to assist in any investigations which may be underway.

    I have also written to the Prime Minister and Senator Hanson-Young to outline the steps I have taken following receipt of this anonymous letter.

    It is my hope that appropriate action is taken to examine the allegation.

    Guardian Australia has contacted the South Australian and New South Wales Police for comment.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/feb/26/australia-politics-live-vaccine-health-coronavirus-nsw-victoria-restrictions-brittany-higgens-scott-morrison-business-economy-politics

  2. Thank you Puff –

    I haven’t had to deal with the trauma of rape although, as a naive teenager in the 60s, I did manage to ‘defend my honour’ verbally a couple of times. It took more than a few minutes, but I count myself extremely lucky that the men in both cases eventually decided it wouldn’t be a good idea to ignore the word “no”.

    From when I joined the workforce until becoming self-employed in the mid 1990s I also experienced degrees of sexual harassment and, sometimes, being put in potentially dangerous situations.

    I think about these things often, particularly when these crimes become public knowledge. I know that it all could have been so much worse for me.

    Thank you for saying what you have said.

    Helen

  3. The PM wants to be several steps ahead of any crunch point. But at some point, the strain of remaining aloft starts to show

    Saturday mornings are for tranquility, so I feel compelled to issue a warning. Brace for righteous rage about a government that really doesn’t like being accountable for anything very much. But let’s journey to our destination gently with a pandemic story illustrating the point.

    When the Australian parliament adjourned in March last year because of the pandemic, the Senate select committee investigating the Morrison government’s response to the crisis assumed institutional importance beyond the normal stature of a parliamentary inquiry. With the parliament officially in hiatus, the Senate select committee on Covid-19 tracked and interrogated the response in real time.

    It’s easy to forget this now, but when the committee began its work, the magnitude of the threat to lives and livelihoods had shocked Australian politics into uncharacteristic displays of emotional intelligence. There was a collective instinct to be constructive and, as a consequence, the process of scrutinising the Covid-19 response began in promising spirit.

    Senators lauded that opening spirit of cooperation in a new report tabled this week. But as Australia tracked out of the first wave, the government began to suppress its accountability impulse.

    This week’s interim report from the committee didn’t get much attention. It was soundly buried by the moral force of the Brittany Higgins story and the bully-bro tantrum in Silicon Valley that the Morrison government grabbed like a political life raft. But it supplies a number of proof points for the accountability aversion thesis.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/27/smug-silence-and-dogged-stonewalling-the-morrison-government-really-doesnt-like-being-accountable

  4. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    George Megalogenis says that the Brittany Higgins case has exposed the PM’s failure to lead. It’s quite a baste.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/brittany-higgins-exposes-pm-s-failure-to-lead-20210226-p57628.html
    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg makes no secret of his intention to lead a post-Morrison Liberal Party, although Peter Dutton still covets that prize, opines Peter Hartcher.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/frydenberg-a-fixer-with-his-eye-on-greatness-20210226-p5762i.html
    David Crowe reports on accusations against a federal cabinet minister being referred to police after two senators received an anonymous letter on Friday with allegations of a decades-old rape. This had better be handled very quickly before all sorts of speculations get out of hand.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/historic-rape-allegations-against-cabinet-minister-referred-to-police-20210226-p576ac.html
    A strong editorial in The Saturday Paper says that the denial enables the abuse and that Morrison’s only concern, it seems, is to avoid at all costs any of this sticking to him.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/editorial/2021/02/27/denial-enables-abuse/161434440011175
    Katherine Murphy says that with its smug silence and dogged stonewalling the Morrison government really doesn’t like being accountable.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/27/smug-silence-and-dogged-stonewalling-the-morrison-government-really-doesnt-like-being-accountable
    Paul Bongiorno believes that Morrison is in survival mode.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2021/02/27/morrison-survival-mode/161434440011181
    It’s a very black irony that in a building full of lawmakers, the police have to write to those lawmakers to point out that if a crime has been committed, they need to report it, writes Laura Tingle.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/the-dark-irony-in-scott-morrison-s-letter-20210226-p5762a
    Dr Jennifer Wilson says that one of the greatest challenges for a political commentator in recent years has been keeping track of the Morrison government’s lies and obfuscations.
    https://theaimn.com/he-said-she-said-how-dutton-is-attempting-to-control-the-narrative/
    “The lack of curiosity and humanity shown by our Prime Minister over the past fortnight, following revelations of rape allegations in the nation’s capital, has been thoroughly disturbing. You get the sense that Scott Morrison sees this as a political problem first, a tragedy in need of reform second”, writes Peter van Onselen who says Scott Morrison deserved the slap down on rape claim shame.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/scott-morrison-deserved-slapdown-on-rape-claim-shame/news-story/2f3baa11d3f3e0abcdd46ea76a28cf8d
    As more details emerge of how the government handled Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape, crossbenchers are calling for a permanent independent body to examine abuse accusations, writes Karen Middleton.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/02/27/tracing-the-brittany-higgins-case/161434440011177
    Women are not welcome in Parliament because men don’t want to share power with them, posits Parnell Palme McGuinness.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/women-unwelcome-in-parliament-because-men-don-t-want-to-share-power-with-them-20210226-p57629.html
    Liberal MP Nicolle Flint is quitting politics and will not contest the next election in a bombshell move that highlights the toxic treatment of women in Canberra, reports David Penberthy.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/toxic-canberra-too-much-for-mp-nicolle-flint/news-story/89f6cfc8ea96640b52f17bb85b4c7b88
    John Howard’s legacy lives on, and we are worse for it, says Crispin Hull. This is a very good evaluation of Howard’s legacies,
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7141990/john-howards-legacy-lives-on-and-we-are-worse-for-it/?cs=14258
    Dennis Atkins tells us we should ignore Morrison telling us that there will be no federal election this year.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2021/02/27/atkins-scott-morrison-early-election/
    The government’s complacency over the need to reach full employment needs to change for the sake of young people, implores Ross Gittins.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/there-s-no-excuse-we-need-full-employment-now-20210225-p575xz.html
    Lisa Visentin and Eryk Bagshaw say that Australian universities have received reports through their Chinese networks that local recruitment agents have been encouraged not to send students to Australia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/universities-brace-for-chinese-student-hit-after-covid-20210226-p5764m.html
    Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke look at the reaction to the $50/fortnight increase in the base rate for JobSeeker.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/it-breaks-my-heart-jobseekers-hit-back-at-25-a-week-dole-increase-20210225-p575p9.html
    The government announced this week it would boost the base rate of JobSeeker by $50 a fortnight once the Covid-19 supplement ends. Welfare advocacy groups warn such a token amount will only throw the unemployed into abject poverty writes Rachel Withers for The Saturday Paper.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/02/27/jobseeker-increase-disgrace/161434440011178
    Phil Coorey says that the PM is focused but the government is losing its shine.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/scott-morrison-s-biggest-challenge-events-dear-boy-events-20210226-p5761g
    “Should the COVID-19 vaccine become mandatory for people who have no medical reason to refuse it? Should the government withhold welfare payments from those refusing to submit to the needle? Should employers be allowed to sack no-jab workers?”, ponders Julie Szego.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/truth-is-at-stake-in-the-great-vaccine-debate-20210226-p5766l.html
    Rachel Clun reports that the pathology giant Sonic Healthcare has been brought in to help get the COVID-19 vaccine rollout back on track in aged care facilities in NSW and Queensland after delays and a bungle involving the original provider.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/sonic-healthcare-steps-in-to-help-aged-care-covid-19-vaccine-rollout-20210226-p5766m.html
    Jill Margo writes that against a background of debate suggesting the Pfizer vaccine is superior, the TGA’s John Skerritt explains why he’s happy to be getting the AstraZeneca jab.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/why-australia-s-medical-regulator-is-happy-to-have-the-astrazeneca-jab-20210225-p575ze
    Christopher Knaus tells us that general practitioners have been left in a state of “uncertainty and anxiety” ahead of the next stage of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, with some fearing shortages of needles and syringes, and others saying the government’s funding model means they will lose money administering the jab.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/27/anxiety-and-uncertainty-australian-gps-in-the-dark-over-their-part-in-vaccine-rollout
    The AFR tells us that the Morrison government has opened the door to allowing workers to dip into retirement savings for housing and other expenses, in a possible trade-off for increasing the superannuation guarantee to 12 per cent.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/treasurer-wants-more-flexibility-in-superannuation-20210226-p5765m
    Amanda Meade reports that Andrew Bolt has received a rap over the knuckles from the Australian Press Council for attributing the spread of the coronavirus in Melbourne to multiculturalism.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/feb/26/andrew-bolts-virus-thrives-in-multiculturalism-columns-offensive-press-council-says
    News Corp’s political influence and power over the media is in need of regulation for maintaining journalistic integrity and democracy, writes Ethan Marsland.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-murdoch-propaganda-machine-needs-to-be-stopped,14840
    Rick Morton reveals that the AFP is investigating a report referred by Justice Patricia Bergin in the wake of her explosive inquiry into Crown Casino, as ASIC begins looking into the company’s current and former board appointees.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/02/27/exclusive-crown-report-referred-the-federal-police/161434440011179
    Victoria’s construction industry managed to stay open and productive during the long, hard lockdown of 2020, thanks to compromises made by unlikely allies, one of them being John Setka, writes Jon Faine.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/02/27/john-setka-and-the-covid-19-truce/161434440011185
    Jess Walsh writes that aged care workers need the respect, and the pay, they deserve if the system is to be fixed.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/02/27/aged-care-workers-morrison/
    Elizabeth Farrelly is not at all impressed with Rob Stokes’ new “Design and Place” State Environmental Planning Policy for NSW.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/are-you-stoked-by-nsw-planning-vision-don-t-be-beneath-its-friendly-cloak-lurks-jack-the-ripper-20210226-p5762f.html
    Shipping group Qube Holdings will give back $17m in JobKeeper subsidies but pockets $13.5m and some fancy executive bonuses despite its revenue rising strongly. How did it pull this off? Callum Foote investigates how the Liberal Party-linked Qube gamed the Tax Office.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/bosskeeper-ports-giant-qube-bullies-its-way-into-jobkeeper-and-plush-bonuses/
    Mike Foley reports that experts have warned the Morrison government’s proposed environmental approvals watchdog lacks the necessary powers to fix ongoing failures in the major project approval system.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-government-s-environment-watchdog-a-toothless-tiger-20210226-p5766j.html
    Australian trade partners are gearing up for a low-carbon economy, and with a new EU impost looming, our biggest exports could be left out in the cold, warns the AFR.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/australia-will-pay-the-price-for-not-joining-the-climate-club-20210217-p57357
    Adam Morton and Daniel Hurst tell us that Australia has been accused of “shamefully doing nothing” and weighing down global action after a UN analysis found national pledges to cut greenhouses gas emissions over the next decade have barely begun to do what is necessary to tackle the climate crisis.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/27/australia-accused-of-shamefully-holding-back-global-action-on-climate-change
    According to the AFR, winning in the Australian energy market used to be about matching consumers to coal and gas-fired power but AGL Energy shareholders are making the painful discovery it is all about alternative technologies.
    https://www.afr.com/chanticleer/agl-faces-an-existential-crisis-20210226-p57681
    Australian teachers’ workload is snowballing – as their pay lags behind, explains Jane Caro.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/27/australian-teachers-workload-is-snowballing-as-their-pay-lags-behind
    Changes in Atlantic currents may have dire climate implications for the next century, writes Andrew Meijers.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/26/atlantic-currents-climate-oceans-next-century
    Most countries have come to the conclusion that tearing up your city and going into billions of dollars of debt, all to host a fortnight’s worth of sports carnival, simply doesn’t make sense, writes Peter FitzSimons who thinks Queensland might find out it’s not all fun and games.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/queensland-might-find-out-it-s-not-all-fun-and-games-20210226-p57690.html
    A newly declassified US intelligence report shows that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince likely approved an operation to kill or capture a US-based journalist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/us-implicates-saudi-crown-prince-in-jamal-khashoggi-s-killing-20210227-p576bt.html
    Bloomberg’s Noah Smith says that The US needs to rethink what it is doing with its dollar.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/the-us-needs-to-rethink-what-it-is-doing-with-its-dollar-20210225-p575lv.html
    I think Dominic Powell’s article on JobKeeper points us to today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/harvey-norman-hikes-dividend-as-profit-sales-double-20210226-p5762t.html

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  5. 12 months ago, I would be thinking, this scandal has to be the one that blows this government up. Today, I know they will get away with it. Good luck to everyone, hope you are all financially secure because there is not much of a future for anyone reliant on any government support.

  6. Pete FitzSimons on Brisbane’s Olympic bid –

    The sad truth remains however: most countries really have come to the conclusion that the whole Olympics thing is now well past high noon, that tearing up your city and going into billions of dollars of debt for decades to come, all to host a fortnight’s worth of sports carnival, simply doesn’t make sense

    I completely agree.

    Turns out Brisbane was the dummy – there were no other bids. Wouldn’t it be great if Brisbane also pulled out, leaving the Olympics without a venue.

    Greece is welcome to the Olympics, although they might not be interested. The infrastructure built for the 2004 games is now derelict and features on many sites exploring abandoned places, like this one –
    https://www.authentictraveling.org/exploring-abandoned-olympic-stadiums/

    The Greek government simply has not had the money to maintain the sites. Will whatever is built for the Brisbane games end up in a similar state, or will the games have sputtered out by then?

  7. I won’t engage in the Twitter speculation about the maybe might-be rapist.

    I will, however, ask this question:

    Did the rapist commit anal rape because that meant his victim would still be virgo intacta?

    If so, what amazing foresight on his part. And what a damning piece of evidence against any argument that “she led me along” etc.

  8. The CrimeMinister has spent the day posing for photos with Jen and the girls at the beach. – as predicted by the wonderful Ronni Salt. who was sure there was a “Jen and the Girls” puff piece coming this week.

    Not Cronulla Beach though, not in his electorate. And not Manly, closest to Kirribilli either. He chose Bronte. Heaven knows why. It seems to be his favourite beach. If I still lived in the Shire I’d be mightily insulted by knowing Cronulla’s beaches were not good enough for the CrimeMinisterial photo shoot.

    If you really want to see photos of an overweight blob without his shirt (NOT recommended) the story and photos are here –
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9306003/Scott-Morrison-enjoys-Bronte-Beach-family-amid-parliament-sexual-assault-scandals.html

  9. So was it Friday when Morrison took the Missus and kids to the beach? A work day for the plebs and how come the kids weren’t at school?

    • It was Friday, according to the article.

      He doesn’t work Fridays, he flies to Sydney if parliament is sitting. Then he takes an extended weekend.

      I cannot remember a lazier PM.

      About the kids not being at school -education isn’t important for Pentecostal females. A female in that cult is expected to marry young then spend her life taking care of the husband and kids. I would bet the Morrison girls are frequently absent from school..

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    A cynical Peter FitzSimons says that Morrison’s absurd position on predators in his ranks is imploding.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pm-s-absurd-position-on-predators-in-his-ranks-is-imploding-20210226-p57659.html
    James Massola reveals that Alan Tudge and Michaelia Cash are facing legal action over the treatment of a former staff member, former senior media adviser Rachelle Miller, who has engaged a high-profile law firm to seek compensation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/workplace-lawsuit-against-two-cabinet-ministers-looms-20210225-p575tq.html
    David Crowe outlines three changes for Morrison needs to fix a broken system.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/three-changes-for-morrison-to-fix-a-broken-system-20210226-p5768v.html
    Whatever the Liberal Party is, it is not a place for women, writes John Lord.
    https://theaimn.com/whatever-the-liberal-party-is-it-is-not-a-place-for-women/
    Victoria’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Kerri Judd, explains how we need to make the justice process less traumatic for victims.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-need-to-make-the-justice-process-less-traumatic-for-victims-20210226-p5766r.html
    Jaqui Maley tells why women don’t pursue their attackers through the “correct channels”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/why-don-t-women-pursue-alleged-attackers-through-the-correct-channels-here-s-what-happens-when-they-do-20210226-p57666.html
    The ‘jobdobber’ hotline is another policy aimed at keeping wages low says Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2021/feb/27/the-jobdobber-hotline-is-another-policy-aimed-at-keeping-wages-low
    A war of words has erupted over the timing of Morrison’s first coronavirus vaccination, with the federal government fiercely denying claims from Labor and the Greens that the jab was brought forward at the last moment after a difficult political week.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-s-covid-19-jab-what-really-happened-behind-the-scenes-20210225-p575tp.html
    Zac Hope tells us how the combative fringe of Australia’s anti-COVID-19 vaccination movement is getting political.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/the-combative-fringe-of-australia-s-anti-covid-19-vaccination-movement-gets-political-20210227-p576co.html
    And social media chatter among Australian anti-vaccination groups skyrocketed in the past week as the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine were delivered amid false claims that the jab would be mandatory.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/social-media-chatter-skyrockets-among-australian-anti-vax-groups-20210227-p576cz.html
    Meanwhile, Jacinda Ardern has announced a seven-day lockdown of Auckland after the emergence of a “mystery” case involving a man who moved through the community for a week when he should have been isolating.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/oceania/auckland-to-head-into-week-long-lockdown-tomorrow-ardern-20210227-p576eo.html
    Craig Kelly, who quit the Liberals on Tuesday, claims he was told to “shut up” and stop promoting medically unproven COVID-19 treatments by one of Prime Minster Scott Morrison’s most senior staff — or he would be dumped as the party’s candidate for Hughes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/shut-up-or-you-ll-lose-endorsement-kelly-reveals-details-of-meetings-that-led-him-to-quit-20210226-p5768n.html
    Clive Palmer has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on newspaper ads attacking the Australian Securities and Investments Commission which is prosecuting him on criminal charges that carry lengthy jail terms.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/28/clive-palmer-spends-hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars-on-ads-condemning-asic
    Internships might seem appealing to younger people entering the workforce, but to the older generation, they come with a host of problems, writes Kare Godsell.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/the-perils-of-being-an-older-intern-in-a-modern-world,14844
    Annika Smethurst reports that within two years single-use plastic items including straws, cutlery and plates will be banned in Victoria in a bid to reduce the amount of plastic waste going into landfill.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-to-ban-single-use-plastics-within-two-years-20210227-p576cs.html

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  11. Re Internships

    sounds like Kare Godsell.is a valuable member of the 4 to 6 workplaces she works in generating much revenue for the workplaces,

    The trouble with internships is not paid thus no workers compensation if injured.

    How long should you undertake an internship? surely large multinationals should actually PAY people being trialled and the trial should be completed in 3 months

    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/the-perils-of-being-an-older-intern-in-a-modern-world,14844

    • Kara also reminds the reader the work from home intern has to purchase own printer. paper, ink cartridges and computer

      Costs of upto $3,000 that should be covered by the employer are paid by the UNPAID worker

    • Why does she do so much work for free?

      She says she is a retiree – was that retirement forced on her or did she just reach retiring age?

      So much is unexplained, like why she keeps using a printer she admits is “crummy”. You can buy a new printer that prints both sides of the page for $59 – less if you keep an eye on “specials”. I bought a new printer a few weeks ago (old one died after over a decade of faithful service). It cost $39, reduced from $59, plus a few dollars for delivery, which I could have saved by going in and collecting it myself.

      When it runs out of ink I’ll have to decide if I just dump it and buy another one or pay $53 for two new cartridges. (Canon cartridges are expensive, but I like their printers.)

      I just don’t understand why Kare does so much work for free, just to get things to put on her CV. Doesn’t she realise her chances of getting a job at her age are zero?

      Kare is being exploited by all the companies she works for. If I was silly enough to do the work she does I’d not only be demanding payment but putting in an itemised bill every month for paper, ink, online computer access, electricity and something for depreciation of the computer and printer. Interns in offices get to use the office equipment, power and supplies, so why can’t this woman charge for what she uses at home? She is saving these greedy employers a fortune and getting nothing but bills to pay in return.

      If her employers object she needs to tell them to shove their unpaid slavery.

  12. Phillip Adams on the Packers. Incognito ‘Google trick” jumps the fence.

    Kerry Packer? I don’t think I’ve ever known a sadder person
    PHILLIP ADAMS

    Long before Kerry Packer and I met we’d decided to detest each other. Him the embodiment of capitalist greed, me the pious ex commo. Thus our subsequent close friendship came as a surprise to both of us……………………Tough love didn’t begin to describe what Kerry had endured as a child – if there was any love at all. His father brutalised Kerry, ignoring him during his years in an iron lung – he almost died of polio – and treating him with contempt thereafter. Frank was forever dismissing his second son as “the village idiot”…………..I’d beg Kerry not to let the sins of the father be visited on his son and he swore he wouldn’t. Sadly, Kerry couldn’t help himself. Gentle Jamie had to be toughened up and Kerry imported a professional bully to do it. No room here to tell you about the Al “Chainsaw” Dunlap saga. Look the thug up on Wikipedia.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/weekend-australian-magazine/kerry-packer-i-dont-think-ive-ever-known-a-sadder-person/news-story/fbd0986a3cc0e7e9c9887081bc1b8972

  13. In 1988 Carnal Knowledge was still in the statute books
    victim under 16 ==> carnal knowledge
    Victim under 18 and perpetrator over 21 ==> carnal knowledg

  14. Dear Prime Minister Morrison ,Recently you took strong action against the CEO of Australian Post for awarding fancy watches to executives as bonuses. What action will you take to address rape allegations against one of your senior ministers?Regards,Josh Bornstein— Josh Bornstein (@JoshBBornstein) February 28, 2021

    The CrimeMinister has form on protecting rapists.

    Morrison was in charge when refugee women on Nauru were raped in the camp by staff and then in nauru community by localsMorrison did nothing to protect single women placed in isolated huts with no security& drunken locals breaking in- no one charged…— Pamela Curr (@pamelacurr) February 27, 2021

    Also – he regards paedophile enabler/protector Brian Houston as a mentor.

    What a charming man we have as PM – not only cunning as a sewer rat (with morals that would make said rat cringe) but incredibly gullible, a serial liar, a misogynist and most of the time so stupid he makes a box of rocks look intelligent.

  15. Great article by Dr Jennifer Wilson –

    The Morrison government is a sewer

    ….. one may conclude that an anonymous cabinet minister who is accused of the brutal anal rape of a child might well be a prime target for blackmail, and is a serious security risk.

    Indeed, everyone in the cabinet who is aware of and concealing the alleged rapist’s identity is a security risk, and vulnerable to exploitation.

    Is this government even tenable while this matter is “left to the coppers?”

    https://noplaceforsheep.com/2021/02/28/the-morrison-government-is-a-sewer/

    And where is the CrimeMinister while his government collapses around him?

    We know he took the wife and kids for a swim om Friday (a work day for most normal people, and a school day) accompanied by his personal photographer.

    Since then – nothing. We have not seen him, we have not heard from him. He has vanished. Again. Strange for a man who should be trying to pull his troops into line after a ghastly two weeks. As usual Mr “I Don’t Hold A Hose, Mate” is missing when his party needs him most.

  16. Politicians battle it out down the bottom of the heap for trusted/respected professions. Their appalling handling of accusations of rape ewtc have been front and center for a week or two. Yet ,apparently, this person chose to go to a pollie first. Most odd.

  17. People are already making accusations – this thread for example.

    If the CrimeMinister thinks he can just hide until this goes away then he needs to think again.

    This country needs leadership, we have not had any for years.

    Tony Windsor knows who it is.

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Peter Hartcher says that Morrison cannot hope minister rape claim will simply vanish.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pm-cannot-hope-minister-rape-claim-will-simply-vanish-20210228-p576jc.html
    The lawyer for the woman who accused a federal cabinet minister of a 1988 rape says Prime Minister Scott Morrison should sideline the minister while authorities investigate, as a new letter about a Labor MP escalates claims about sexual assault, writes David Crowe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pm-should-sideline-cabinet-minister-over-rape-claim-says-accuser-s-lawyer-20210228-p576iy.html
    While we know not all cabinet ministers are alleged child rapists, we do not know which one is. The Prime Minister is doing everything possible to conceal that knowledge from us. “How good is that?” says Jennifer Wilson.
    https://theaimn.com/the-morrison-government-is-a-sewer/
    Sean Kelly argues that Australia’s agents of change are not the powerful, rather it is the victims. A very good read.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-s-agents-of-change-not-the-powerful-but-the-victims-20210228-p576j8.html
    Michelle Grattan thinks there is no satisfactory way to resolve the historical rape allegation against the cabinet minister.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-no-satisfactory-way-to-resolve-historical-rape-allegation-against-minister-156182
    Paul Karp writes that legal experts have called for an independent investigation of the historical rape alleged to have been committed by a cabinet minister, citing it as a “very serious” integrity issue for the cabinet. The call by Geoffrey Watson, a barrister and director of the Centre for Public Integrity, challenges the Morrison government’s position that the police – and only the police – should investigate the serious offence, alleged to have occurred in 1988.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/01/legal-experts-call-for-independent-investigation-of-historical-claim-against-minister
    According to the SMH editorial, the historic rape allegation against a sitting cabinet minister has escalated concerns about entrenched misogyny in our body politic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rape-allegation-adds-to-alarm-around-political-culture-20210228-p576j2.html
    Simon Benson tells us that the aged-care royal commission has split, with the two commissioners giving conflicting recommendations on how the sector should be reformed and funded. The commission’s final report, to be released today, contains contrasting recommendations for a new model that would mean either higher taxes or greater user pay contributions to fix funding shortfalls.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/agedcare-split-over-reforms/news-story/06425d14762db83587856bf0c9ad4d6f
    Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke report that the nation’s top 22 economists have predicted workers will endure a two-year fall in the real value of their wages despite a rapid economic recovery under way following the coronavirus pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/wages-to-fall-in-real-terms-despite-sharp-recovery-from-recession-survey-20210226-p5766t.html
    And the economists also say that huge budget deficits will dog every federal government into the 2030s, with the nation’s top economists urging Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to keep spending to help drive down unemployment and get the economy growing faster than it was before the pandemic recession.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/fix-jobs-before-budget-repair-top-economists-warn-of-big-deficits-into-2030s-20210225-p575w5.html
    Data shows Australia received just over $1 billion of Chinese foreign direct investment last year, dramatically down from $16.5 billion in 2016, reports Nock Bonyhady.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/chinese-investment-in-australia-plummets-amid-trade-strikes-20210228-p576go.html
    The demise of the CBD is greatly exaggerated, according to PwC, which says a new wave of activity is likely in economically important areas.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/the-reported-demise-of-the-nation-s-cbds-greatly-exaggerated-research-20210226-p5768w.html
    Casino giant Crown Resorts underpaid hundreds of workers at its venues including at its centrepiece Southbank complex, becoming the latest big company to admit to breaching Australia’s workplace laws.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/crown-under-investigation-for-wage-theft-20210226-p5763b.html
    Michael McGowan reports that the federal government has established a “myth busting unit” to address what health minister Greg Hunt has called “plainly ridiculous” misinformation surrounding the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia, amid increasing concerns about the spread of false information and conspiracy theories during the pandemic. Fair enough.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/01/australian-myth-busting-unit-established-to-take-on-covid-misinformation
    Nick Bonyhady reports that food delivery giant Uber Eats will help its riders stay injury-free on Australian streets by making them the first in its global workforce to access a new set of technology and safety gear following rider deaths that dragged attention toward regulation of the industry.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/uber-lifts-safety-game-for-australian-streets-in-world-first-20210228-p576fy.html
    The Morrison government and French submarine company Naval Group have reached an agreement in principle guaranteeing 60 per cent spending in Australia during the life of the $90bn construction of 12 Attack-class submarines. (My mail is that the definition of what constitutes “local content” is extremely broad).
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence/naval-group-agreement-for-local-quotas-on-attack-submarines/news-story/e8b3df6489c47f17f01f1dc35703a27b
    John Kehoe writes that government interest costs are on track to blow out by $15 billion over the next two years because of a sudden jump in bond yields, putting pressure on the Reserve Bank to consider more aggressive interventions.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/debt-cost-spike-presents-a-few-challenges-for-rba-20210228-p576g7
    Alan Kohler writes, “Financial markets are jumping at inflation ghosts – or are they?”
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/03/01/alan-kohler-bonds-inflation/
    The real reason to worry about MMT is not the theory but the practice, writes Ross Gittins.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-real-reason-to-worry-about-mmt-is-not-the-theory-but-the-practice-20210228-p576fs.html
    Concerns Mark Latham has disproportionate influence over education policy in NSW have prompted a stinging response from Education Minister Sarah Mitchell.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-latham-test-does-one-nation-have-too-much-influence-over-nsw-education-20210226-p5769l.html
    The AFR reveals that one of the men at the centre of Australia’s biggest insider trading heist, Christopher Hill, failed a psychological evaluation for a job at the country’s digital spy agency because he was deemed too “susceptible to blackmail”.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/abs-insider-trader-was-susceptible-to-blackmail-20210225-p575v7
    Meredith Bergman believes that aged care is one of the big feminist issues of our time.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/aged-care-is-one-of-the-big-feminist-issues-of-our-time-20210224-p575ic.html
    British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce £5 billion ($9 billion) of additional grants to help businesses hit hard by pandemic lockdowns in his budget statement next week, the government said. Shops, bars, clubs, hotels, restaurants, gyms and hair salons would be among nearly 700,000 companies eligible for new direct cash grants of up £18,000.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/britain-to-raise-income-taxes-splash-cash-on-businesses-hit-by-pandemic-20210228-p576jm.html
    Dr Glenn Davies reviews a book by Professor Jenny Hocking that finally reveals the truth of the secret Palace letters.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/art-display/book-review-the-palace-letters-,14836

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    • Seems to be a cowardly attack on Bill Shorten. The CrimeMinister tried it last week, and got nowhere, so he seems to have ordered his pet senator to have another go.

      If this is what Henderson is referring to then she should (a) know better and (b) should have done more research.

      The allegation was, as already mentioned several times, investigated and dismissed years ago.

      As I said – deflection. Probably to allow the CrimeMinister a few more days to hope it all goes away.

      It’s exactly what I’d expect of Henderson (she does not deserve a polite “Ms”) My opinion of her was already through the floor, after this it’s probably so low it has reached the molten core of the earth.

  19. The Shovel –

    Scott Morrison Gets Vaccinated Again In Desperate Attempt To Shift Media Attention

    Wearing a Wallabies guernsey, a Matildas scarf and a VB hat, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was this morning vaccinated against COVID-19 for the second time in a week, in a frantic attempt to shift the media’s attention away from the growing list of sexual assault allegations in his party

    https://www.theshovel.com.au/2021/03/01/scott-morrison-gets-vaccinated-again-in-desperate-attempt-to-shift-media-attention/

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