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

  1. Someone should tell morrison and kershaw about point 2

  2. Federal Government Minister Christian Porter has been forced to temporarily stand down from his role as Attorney General after claims he had given expensive watches to staff members as part of an office rewards scheme.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was appalled by the accusations and that Mr Porter’s actions, if true, were immoral, potentially illegal and out of step with the public’s expectations.

    “I am appalled by this. This is disgraceful. Let’s let the legal process run its course. But we simply cannot have a government minister accused of these types of things remaining in this position.

    “He has been instructed to stand aside. If he doesn’t wish to do that, he can go,” Morrison said before Mr Porter agreed to comply with the request.

    An independent investigation into the alleged conduct will be launched immediately.

    https://www.theshovel.com.au/2021/03/02/christian-porter-stand-aside-after-allegedly-cartier-watches/

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe and Jennifer Duke report that the federal cabinet minister accused of a decades-old rape is preparing to make a public statement today to declare his innocence after NSW Police closed their investigation because they did not have enough admissible evidence to proceed.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/rape-accused-cabinet-minister-considering-public-statement-20210302-p5775l.html
    A woman’s account of her alleged rape more than three decades ago is detailed and distressing – but not a signed police statement, writes
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/harrowing-tale-falls-in-yawning-gap-20210302-p5775x.html
    Chris Uhlmann goes all religious in saying in seemingly downplaying the Minister X rape allegations. Make of it what you will. He lost me halfway through it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-fallout-from-a-public-show-trial-probing-rape-claim-would-haunt-us-all-20210302-p576zf.html
    Paul Kelly has his bit to say on the matter.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/rape-trial-bymedia-isathreat-tojustice/news-story/048d5cd9a0bef6ac71ea48f8f8de637a
    The Prime Minister’s silence is nothing short of insulting, writes barrister, Kathleen Foley.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/the-prime-minister-s-silence-is-nothing-short-of-insulting-20210302-p5772y
    Rape allegations have shaken Canberra to its core – and may now be hitting the PM in the polls, says Peter Lewis.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2021/mar/02/allegations-have-shaken-canberra-to-its-core-and-may-now-be-hitting-the-pm-in-the-polls
    The minister’s future in politics is devastated no matter what he says, no matter how passionately he defends his innocence, no matter what ‘process’ is in place, opines Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/accused-s-future-in-politics-is-devastated-no-matter-what-20210302-p57766
    This survivor of sexual abuse has a message for men – starting with the Prime Minister.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/as-a-survivor-of-sexual-abuse-i-have-a-message-for-men-starting-with-the-prime-minister-20210302-p57723.html
    And Keith Vis writes, “If a Bishop of the Brisbane Archdiocese drove me to the point of suicide in 2020 – did he and others conspire to commit a crime?”
    https://theaimn.com/if-a-bishop-of-the-brisbane-archdiocese-drove-me-to-the-point-of-suicide-in-2020-did-he-and-others-conspire-to-commit-a-crime/
    Anne Davies tells us that Frank Zumbo, Craig Kelly’s office manager, was the subject of bullying allegations during his tenure as deputy commissioner of the South Australian small business commission. The bloke certainly seems to have form.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/02/frank-zumbo-was-investigated-for-alleged-bullying-while-working-for-south-australian-government
    This sexual assault counsellor explains why it’s so hard for survivors to come forward, and what happens when they do.
    https://theconversation.com/im-a-sexual-assault-counsellor-heres-why-its-so-hard-for-survivors-to-come-forward-and-what-happens-when-they-do-156038
    Ross Gittins says that looking from the top down, it’s deceptively easy. All the specific problems stem from a single cause: we’ve gone for decades – under federal governments of both colours – trying to do aged care on the cheap, and it’s been a disaster.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/only-one-thing-will-end-the-squalor-of-aged-care-20210302-p5770f.html
    Almost 10 million Australians could pay up to $610 a year to fund aged care services if the government introduces a new levy, but health experts warn linking funding to wages won’t be enough to fix the failing system.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/have-to-pay-somehow-experts-say-wage-levy-for-aged-care-won-t-be-enough-20210302-p5773d.html
    Phil Coorey reports that the Morrison government is more inclined to toughen means testing than raise taxes to help fund aged care, as Liberal MPs warn it would be unfair to saddle younger generations with the health costs of their forbears.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/pm-prefers-means-testing-to-fund-aged-care-as-lib-mps-oppose-tax-hike-20210302-p576xs
    The Guardian says that the cost of Australia’s aged care system would soar to $36bn a year if the cheapest royal commission reforms were adopted.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/03/australias-aged-care-system-could-require-extra-9bn-per-year-to-adopt-royal-commission-reforms
    Anika Stobart and Stephen Duckett say that the Morrison government must not take the easy out on aged care and not hide behind the commission’s indecision.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/02/the-morrison-government-must-not-take-the-easy-out-on-aged-care
    Attempts to stage-manage the Aged Care Royal Commission report by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt underline the government’s failure to address the problems in aged care. As laid out in the report, it’s “market” based approach is the problem, not the solution, but is the government listening, ask Dr Sarah Russell and Elizabeth Minter.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/glib-response-to-aged-care-royal-commission-portends-another-failed-roadmap/
    Dominic Powell writes that prominent Australian companies including retailer Harvey Norman and car dealership conglomerate Eagers Automotive are facing rising pressure to return JobKeeper payments to the government, with critics saying they are abusing the wage subsidy after posting large profits and paying dividends to shareholders.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/not-a-good-look-push-grows-for-jobkeeper-payments-to-be-returned-as-profits-dividends-boom-20210302-p576zn.html
    Meanwhile, Andrew Leigh has asked the auditor general to broaden an investigation into the jobkeeper program to look at how the port operator Qube received $30m in wage subsidies even though its revenue did not fall as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/02/labor-asks-for-investigation-into-30m-jobkeeper-payments-to-qube-despite-earnings-increase
    Daniel Andrews says he will ask national cabinet to support a proposal for states to give at least a day’s notice on border closures to help restore confidence in interstate travel.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/andrews-backs-qantas-call-for-24-hours-notice-on-border-closures-20210302-p57752.html
    Nissan Australia chief executive Stephen Lester says a lack of leadership in embracing electrified cars is out of step with the world’s leading economies. He’s not wrong!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/maker-of-world-s-most-popular-electric-car-blasts-australia-s-lack-of-ambition-20210302-p5772f.html
    Shane Wright tells us that the Reserve Bank has made clear it will not lift interest rates until it sees sustainable strong wages growth and low unemployment, dismissing fears of an inflation outbreak as the economy recovers from the pandemic recession.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rba-holds-rates-amid-signs-economy-bouncing-back-20210302-p5772k.html
    And Stephen Bartholomeusz writes that the Reserve Bank has made it clear what its priorities are for the next three years or more. They don’t include trying to subdue what looks like the initial stages of another housing market boom, he says.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/the-reserve-bank-can-t-walk-and-chew-gum-at-the-same-time-20210302-p5773a.html
    Peter Martin concludes this contribution with. “The COVID recession and rapid recovery from it have handed Frydenberg an opportunity to relentlessly drive down and crush unemployment — to finish the job. If he grabs it he will be remembered as the treasurer who changed Australia, perhaps forever.”
    https://theconversation.com/josh-frydenberg-has-the-opportunity-to-transform-australia-permanently-lowering-unemployment-156175
    The Morrison Government’s eye-watering stimulus package has little to show in the way of long-term benefit for the majority of Australians explains Tarric Brooker.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/coalitions-eye-watering-debt-yields-underwhelming-results,14848
    The Canberra Times reports that Australia will soon add its first right-wing extremist group to the terrorist organisation list amid growing calls to address the rise of far-right extremism.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7149501/australia-to-add-first-right-wing-extremist-group-to-terror-list/?cs=14350
    Mental health crisis centres are set to be opened throughout Victoria after a state royal commission concluded triple-zero calls and visiting emergency wards should no longer be the only options for people in crisis.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/emergency-wards-among-the-worst-places-for-mental-health-patients-20210302-p5774b.html
    Defence personnel will step in to add some firepower to the rollout of coronavirus vaccines across Australia. The Australian Defence Force will from next week help administer the COVID-19 vaccine in aged care homes, with an emphasis placed on facilities in regional areas. I wonder if that was in the original plan.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7150330/adf-to-step-in-on-covid-vaccine-rollout/?cs=9676
    Christopher Knaus reveals that the private healthcare company responsible for giving two elderly people the wrong vaccine dose last week has previously failed to check its employees’ training and qualifications.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/03/australian-company-responsible-for-covid-vaccine-error-previously-failed-to-properly-screen-employee
    According to The Australian, employers are reporting “significant” staff shortages and recruitment difficulties across the nation, despite more than 1.2 million Australians still relying on JobSeeker payments.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/million-on-dole-as-businesses-struggle-to-fill-vacancies/news-story/90a64b7846284420f7798f09c243b4e6
    When not promoting the government’s shakedown of Google and Facebook, the main focus of media companies is attracting eyeballs in the hope of subsequently gaining a few pennies from advertisers. And that, folks, is why we have clickbait, says Michael Pascoe.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2021/03/03/michael-pascoe-clickbait/
    Tony Abbott says the current generation of politicians must accept that the Howard government was far superior to them, writes Rob Harris.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/abbott-laments-lack-of-substantive-figures-in-public-life-compared-to-howard-era-20210302-p5776q.html
    Alexandra Smith reports that the former boyfriend of Gladys Berejiklian remains under investigation by the corruption watchdog, three months after submissions were to be sent to those involved in the inquiry. Berejiklian will appear before a budget estimates hearing tomorrow, where it is likely she will be pressed on issues relating to Maguire.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/further-steps-icac-investigation-into-maguire-continues-20210302-p5775c.html
    Forestry NSW is logging fire-ravaged areas, but the environmental watchdog is powerless to stop it, able to act only after the damage is done.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/the-state-s-environmental-watchdog-is-muzzled-on-forests-20210302-p5775o.html
    More than a third of Chinese Australians surveyed by the Lowy Institute reported being treated differently or less favourably in the past 12 months and 31 per cent said they were called offensive names.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/deeply-concerning-one-in-five-chinese-australians-threatened-or-attacked-during-coronavirus-20210302-p576yw.html
    And China’s deputy ambassador has accused Australian politicians, the media and critics of the Chinese government of brainwashing the public about his country, claiming that it was now a sin for Australians to be friendly to the superpower.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/china-s-deputy-ambassador-warns-it-s-now-a-sin-to-be-a-friend-of-china-20210302-p5775b.html
    Sarak Danckert explains how the supply chain financing company, Greensill, is teetering on the edge of collapse.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/telstra-exits-finance-group-greensill-as-it-teeters-on-brink-of-collapse-20210302-p5774m.html

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  4. “More than a third of Chinese Australians surveyed by the Lowy Institute reported being treated differently or less favourably in the past 12 months and 31 per cent said they were called offensive names”

    Blame this racism and persecution squarely on the CrimeMinister – by adopting Trump’s own anti-China babbling he has made it perfectly OK for the dimmer part of Australia society and for the haters to echo the same sentiments.

    This might make Chinese Australians rethink their support for the Liberal Party. Why so many of them, as a group, favour the right side of politics with all its inbuilt racism is something I will never understand. (The same applies to other ethnic groups that seem to favour the right.)

  5. Give yourself an Angus, Angus

    The nation’s top military officer told first-year cadets not to make themselves “prey” to sexual predators while being out late at night “alone” and “attractive”.

    General Angus Campbell told the new recruits at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra to protect themselves by avoiding the attention of would-be predators.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/defence-chief-angus-campbell-tells-cadets-to-avoid-being-prey-to-predators-20210303-p577bf.html

  6. And in other breaking news – more corruption problems forthe NSW government.

    Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that NSW sports minister John Sidoti has resigned from his position due to an ICAC investigation into Liberal MP John Sidoti’s property developments.

    “I had a chance to speak to Mr Sidoti and he has offered me his resignation from [the role of sports minister”

    The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, announced a short time ago it will hold a public inquiry into Siodti as part of the investigation.

    Sidoti stood aside as NSW sports minister in September 2019, after ICAC began investigating and has now officially resigned.

    It is expected that the public ICAC inquiry will last for four weeks

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/mar/03/australia-news-live-accused-cabinet-minister-rape-allegation-politics-covid-19-international-border-closure

  7. Another ATM government failure.

    The vaccination program is already behind target.

    Only 53 per cent of the 63,140 doses allocated for the first week of Australia’s vaccination campaign delivered. As of February 28, only 33,702 doses had been administered, according to figures from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, which the ABC notes is well behind the goal of at least 60,000 doses by the end of February. The initial target, announced in January for the start of the rollout, was 80,000 doses a week. If Australia is to hit its target to fully vaccinate all adults by the end of October, authorities will have to ramp up to 200,000 doses a day.

    Tracking Australia’s COVID vaccine rollout numbers
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-02/charting-australias-covid-vaccine-rollout/13197518?nw=0

    The October target is just more spin. Supplies of the Pfizer vaccine will continue to be delivered until the end of the year, possibly well into next year.

    Proof – On 9 February Professor Kelly said the rollout would take all year.

    “The contract we have with Pfizer is that we will have now 20 million doses between now and the end of the year.”

    https://www.health.gov.au/news/chief-medical-officer-professor-paul-kellys-press-conference-on-9-february-2021

    That is in addition to whatever supplies of AstraZeneca we can produce here or import.

    Meanwhile nursing home residents here (8 different facilities) who were told they would be vaccinated last week are now being told their immunisation will arrive maybe by the end of the month.
    https://www.portnews.com.au/story/7149890/port-macquarie-aged-care-covid-vaccine-rollout-rescheduled/?cs=12

    What happened to their allocated vaccines? No-one seems to want to say.

  8. This one should have been posted yesterday but didn’t appear till this morning.

    Stephen Colbert –

    Today

    Chris Hayes –

  9. More corruption, this time involving both the NSW Government (Bruz) and Anus Taylor.

    John Barilaro thanked for $107,000 grant to agricultural group associated with Angus Taylor’s family
    Grant used to develop case to lobby federal government to weaken native grassland protection came as separate Taylor-family controlled company was facing investigations for illegal clearing
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/03/john-barilaro-gave-107000-grant-to-group-associated-with-taylor-family

  10. I think Porter will resign during or just after his leave.

    Why?

    Because the CrimeMinister allowed him to face the media and the nation all on his own. That gives the clear impression the CrimeMinister wants nothing to do with him. He’s now a dead man walking and he knows that – hence the teary start to his address.

  11. Referring to Probyn as “a good reporter” is questionable, but this is a fair comment nonetheless. I was watching on the ABC live stream, I turned Probyn off when he started talking about the woman’s alleged mental health issues.

    Apparently according to the media she was bi-polar. I can’t say if this is true or not, what I can say is extreme trauma, like a rape at age 16, is more than enough to trigger all sorts of mental health problems. For journalists to be making excuses for Porter using this as a reason is despicable.

    What I know about bi-polar disorder is limited, but I do know that a lot of perfectly capable and truthful people, my niece among them. have this problem and you would never know unless they told you. Some even get into politics. I wonder how they feel now after hearing Probyn trash-talk a woman over her alleged mental health issues.

    • As soon as I heard th evictim was bi-polar I knew her trauma would be discounted

      Porter is a notorious pants man with a vicious streak. I hope he resigns as Attorney General and if he weren’t a gilded “youth” his aspirations to be Prime Minister would be toast

      I am disappointed that Mark MacGowan didn’t crash the press conference to remind Porter of how the state of WA is still repairing its economy after his disastrous tenure as state treasurer

    • I do not want to hear Jane E Norman or Andrew Probyn comment on or excuse the Attorney General’s behaviour

  12. I only watched the first couple of minutes of this mafs is not my thing, so over to you

    friendlyjordies –

  13. A friend shared a video that amazed me – a tiger pretty much acting like a house cat, even down to the meowing.

    [video src="https://va.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_qn97yzraY21vij12m.mp4" /]

    • One of my kitties (who would be about as big as one of that tiger’s paws) does exactly the same thing – whinges about having to get out of bed or off the computer chair.

      Big cats also like playing in boxes, just like house cats.

  14. Fellow ‘tragics’ – I can’t seem to record this as a Twitter response, so please bear with me and give me any feedback it deserves. I don’t mean to trivialize the ‘rape’ issue but isn’t this all being blown up out of proportion? I’m of the left persuasion myself, so I’m surprised to find myself sympathetic to Minister Porter and more inclined to support him, than the heartfelt arguments of the unhappy friends of the sad woman who took her life so recently – apparently because she never recovered from the assault on her by him, when he was a fellow teenager, not a government minister, so many years before. I wonder how many women reading this, like me, have suffered early life sexual assaults and healed and grown beyond them, most without sharing our stories with family or ‘counsellors’ – now so recently available to give support.

    Assault, and yes rape, have been with us since time began and men were strong and women weaker. Certainly civilized societies have rightly ruled it wrong and wherever possible punished the offender. But how can we educate our boys and girls to grow up differently if the media continue to focus on these themes, turn them into political scandals when they can, as well make money by selling the stories in their next ‘big issue’ to a public they know will lap them up? We are all part of this, we love crime and sex stories, as any shelf in the library and local paper shop shows. Why are you reading this story now? Political commentary spiced up with a bit of sex?

    • From all accounts Christian Porter is a vicious serial rapist and cad. I do not want him to be Attorney General or Prime Minister.

      Yes I have been raped, but never viciously, and I don’t dwell on it. Quite sure I would never want anal intercourse.

      I understand there are many other women ready to complain about Christian Porter

    • Patricia, I disagree.

      Yes, the media spice up these crimes in order to sell more papers, more views, more ears. Yes, many of us (not me) lap it up, read about it, mentally (and probably physically) enable us to masturbate about it.

      But what we are discussing is abuse. Abuse of non-consenting, vulnerable people, whether children or adults.

      This is predatory behaviour. It has no part in a civilized society.

      I very much hope that most of us are reading about it because we are appalled by the sexual abuse perpetrated at every level of society.

    • Thanks for this article, why would any one voluntarily enter aged care. Euthanasia is more humane

    • They talk about palliative care, but in Australia that usually means morphine. There are better alternatives, but as they involve heroin (diamorphine) they are not easily available in Australia.

      Morphine, as well as turning people into drowsy zombies. has nasty side effects so anyone given it ends up needing to be drugged further to manage depression, nausea, digestive upsets, delirium and more.

      Before we start talking about palliative care for elderly people we need to reform the drugs we can use.

  15. Thanks for your response, Fiona, and you too, billie11 with whom I would have preferred to exchange views on euthanasia, a much more constructive conversation I’ve been having with myself recently. That may explain my frustration at what seemed undue attention to the long drawn out discussion on rape. No, I’m not considering suicide and I enjoy robust health for an octogenarian, aside from a medically induced lame leg, (more on that later if anyone is interested!) and now requiring a walking frame for support on my daily walks. During my many years of retirement these walks have been one of my great pleasures along with reading and writing and sitting outside in my garden.

    I recently broached the suggestion of residential care, should I develop dementia or become infirm, with my daughter who immediately informed me, ‘You are not going into one of those places!’ End of that conversation. But it does still leave open the question of how long I will be able to live independently, albeit next door to immediate family. Full time care in my own home is a possibility; all my long working life I’ve employed a house cleaner and gardener for a few hours a week, even if in the early days it ate up a large part of my income. This was a neat way for me to make paid work for others in my own home while I spent time training other women to make regular, well paid work for themselves in small businesses, whether domestic or industrial with weekly or monthly contracts, using whatever skills they may have acquired in former waged employment. I think it would be well worth paying the going rate for regular, suitably qualified ‘residential aged care’ for myself. Sorry, billie11, this is not about euthanasia, is it?

  16. Porter has made his position clear. Now Scott Morrison needs to make a decision about whether he wants Porter’s press conference to be the last word on a crisis that has convulsed the government, or whether he wants to try and bridge the sensibilities arrayed before the Australian public on one extraordinary Wednesday in March.

    If Morrison is a leader worthy of that title, he would represent all the interests in this most extraordinary and desperately sad story.

    Taking his cue from Tame, who speaks for survivors and the many people who love them and want to work with them to make the world better, Morrison would represent the interests of a dead woman who believes she was violated – and the friends who believed her.

    Morrison would also represent the interests of his attorney general, who says he is innocent, and would (despite his laboured protestations to the contrary) be benefitted by an orderly and transparently fair process where he is able to defend his reputation.

    The way ahead is obvious.

    Morrison should constitute an independent inquiry.

    It is the only valid course.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/03/scott-morrison-must-call-an-independent-inquiry-into-the-christian-porter-allegation-its-the-only-valid-course

  17. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Unsurprisingly, this is a Bumper Christian Porter edition. It’s taken me forever to pull it together.

    A strident Peter Hartcher doesn’t hold back, saying, “Say what you like about Christian Porter’s moment on the stage on Wednesday, the production was brought to you by the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.” He writes that the response is what we’ve come to expect of Morrison government. WOW!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/response-is-what-we-ve-come-to-expect-of-morrison-government-20210303-p577kb.html
    Grace Tame didn’t hold back either, saying, “It shouldn’t take having children to have a conscience. Actually, on top of that, having children doesn’t guarantee a conscience.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/it-happens-everywhere-grace-tame-says-parliament-rape-allegations-not-surprising-20210303-p577fe.html
    Here is an edited extract of Tame’s speech to the NPC yesterday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/grace-tame-extract-20210303-p577j1.html
    Rob Harris tells us how the rumour about Attorney-General Christian Porter spread in political and legal circles until it exploded into the public eye.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/porter-s-crisis-began-with-a-rumour-over-dinner-with-an-old-friend-20210303-p577it.html
    David Crowe details the contents of Porter’s emotional presser.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-rule-of-law-left-christian-porter-won-t-stand-down-after-rape-claim-20210303-p577js.html
    Harley Dennett simply says, “Ministers have stood aside for less”.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7151838/ministers-have-stood-aside-for-less/?cs=14350
    Nick Bonyhady and Katina Curtis write that the minister’s denial of assault doesn’t stop calls for an investigation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/minister-s-denial-of-assault-doesn-t-stop-calls-for-investigation-20210303-p577jj.html
    Scott Morrison must call an independent inquiry into the Christian Porter rape allegation. It’s the only valid course, declares Katherine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/03/scott-morrison-must-call-an-independent-inquiry-into-the-christian-porter-allegation-its-the-only-valid-course
    In fairness to Christian Porter, his denial cannot end the matter, opines professor of law, Rosiland Dixon.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/in-fairness-to-christian-porter-his-denial-cannot-end-the-matter-20210302-p57767.html
    Pauline Wright is president of the New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties and says that an independent inquiry would give Christian Porter the opportunity to clear his name.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/04/an-independent-inquiry-would-give-christian-porter-the-opportunity-to-clear-his-name
    Australia’s presumption of innocence means Mr Porter will not tried or convicted. But he surely will not continue as Attorney-General; or for much longer as MP, writes Gareth Parker.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/perception-rules-all-christian-porter-s-political-career-is-over-20210303-p577jv.html
    There is nothing ‘historical’ about my shattered life: a child sex abuse survivor tells her story 50 years later. This is worth reading if you can stomach it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/there-is-nothing-historical-about-my-shattered-life-a-child-sex-abuse-survivor-tells-her-story-50-years-later-20210303-p577dn.html
    The rape accusation is now politically weaponised. This is not just about Christian Porter – it is about justice and lawful process in this country, writes Pontificating Paul Kelly.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/christian-porter-standing-his-ground-on-matters-of-principle/news-story/71bad16397f52ceeeee367e7f938091f
    And his stablemate Dennis Shanahan says that this month-long media pile-on has reduced two cabinet ministers to trembling, tearful wrecks forced on to sick leave.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/political-vengeance-wont-help-victims-of-assault/news-story/b626526c9f357ee99287bc13b93322ad
    But Niki Savva thinks the Christian Porter scandal may yet rebound against Morrison.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/christian-porter-scandal-may-yet-rebound-against-morrison/news-story/c88a6029a0f69819059ad745d1eadfcc
    Phil Coorey believes that the Porter denial will fail to douse the flames.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/porter-denial-fails-to-douse-the-flames-20210303-p577is
    And he says in the end, the resolution of Porter’s future will be political.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/in-the-end-the-resolution-of-porter-s-future-will-be-political-20210303-p577aw
    Christian Porter had no choice but to powerfully defend his innocence of allegations of rape. But his enemies, with no time for the presumption of innocence, won’t be satisfied, opines Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/the-war-of-words-takes-no-prisoners-20210303-p577f0
    The conjunction of the Parliament House sexual abuse furore and the damning report from the aged care royal commission raises many questions, writes John Warhurst who says Australia is being reflected in a poor light.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7151408/australia-is-being-reflected-in-a-poor-light/?cs=14258
    Andrew Bolt says the “crazed witch-hunters won’t rest until Christian Porter is gone”.
    https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt/andrew-bolt-crazed-witchhunters-wont-rest-until-christian-porter-is-gone/news-story/c470bec1ee4399a945c79e8a58e3b9a2
    Has Christian Porter been subjected to a ‘trial by media’? No, the media did its job of being a watchdog argues Dennis Muller in The Conversation.
    https://theconversation.com/has-christian-porter-been-subjected-to-a-trial-by-media-no-the-media-did-its-job-of-being-a-watchdog-156390
    Brad Thompson thinks that, on top of everything else, Christan Porter faces an uncertain future in his seat.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/on-top-of-everything-else-porter-faces-uncertain-future-in-his-seat-20210303-p577fh
    Michaelle Grattan says that, despite his denial, Christian Porter will struggle with the ‘Caesar’s wife’ test.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-despite-his-denial-christian-porter-will-struggle-with-the-caesars-wife-test-156412
    Alleged Cabinet rapist Porter speaks up, while female victim lies silent, writes Michelle Pini.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/alleged-cabinet-rapist-porter-speaks-up-while-female-victim-lies-silent,14857
    Paula Matthewson explains why she says the Coalition’s women problem goes far beyond politics.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/03/04/paula-matthewson-coalition-women-problem/
    Just to add to Morrison’s woes, Latika Bourke writes that Linda Reynolds has not denied reports that she called her former staffer Brittany Higgins – who alleges she was raped by her colleague in the minister’s office – a “lying cow”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/defence-minister-linda-reynolds-does-not-deny-calling-brittany-higgins-lying-cow-20210303-p577ld.html
    Angus Campbell isn’t a bad man. The vast majority of Australian men aren’t ‘bad’ men. But they still seem to think it is a woman’s fault if she gets raped, writes Kaye Lee.
    https://theaimn.com/wednesday-was-a-weird-day/
    Josh Butler reports that the South Australian coroner says an investigation into the death of a woman who accused Attorney-General Christian Porter of raping her in 1988 is “not finished” and has not ruled out a coronial inquest into her reported suicide.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/03/04/christian-porter-rape-investigation/
    Alexandra Smith urges that, on a tide of community anger, the time has come for sexual consent laws. She fingers the inaction of NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman to make her point.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/on-a-tide-of-community-anger-the-time-has-come-for-sexual-consent-laws-20210303-p577ho.html
    The best back-to-back quarterly GDP results on record show how well Australia has handled the pandemic, but economic victory can’t be declared yet, explains Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/v-for-victory-recession-is-over-but-forgotten-is-where-the-economy-was-before-20210303-p577g6.html
    The idea that the government and Reserve Bank have stimulated too much is ridiculous, based on a superficial analysis of Wednesday’s national accounts, opines Alan Kohler who says the recovery is a work in progress.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/03/04/alan-kohler-economic-recovery/
    Greg Jericho tells us that Australia’s economy is recovering but remains very much in need of government stimulus. Lots of date is presented to make his case.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/mar/04/australias-economy-is-recovering-but-remains-very-much-in-need-of-government-stimulus
    Katina Curtis reports that Josh Frydenberg has played down the prospect of a Medicare-style levy being imposed on taxpayers to help cover the cost of a better aged care system.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/treasurer-plays-down-prospect-of-aged-care-levy-20210303-p577gx.html
    The editorial in the SMH says that Chinese Australians must not be blamed for China’s policies. It concludes by pointing out that we must defend our open and tolerant society, which is our trump card in relations with China.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/chinese-australians-must-not-be-blamed-for-china-s-policies-20210303-p577iq.html
    “My mum was in a good nursing home. It still failed her, and that’s the problem Australia faces”, explains Amanda Meade.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/03/my-mum-was-in-a-good-nursing-home-it-still-failed-her-and-thats-the-problem-australia-faces
    Jacob Greber tells us that Scott Morrison will press business and industry to help lift efforts to develop as quickly as possible a domestic critical minerals processing capacity amid fears China is too dominant. This is critical to Australia’s future.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-to-launch-10-year-critical-minerals-value-add-plan-20210303-p577he
    British researchers say there is growing evidence that the full two courses of existing vaccines will “clobber” the more transmissible strains of COVID-19 – a development that could help unlock international travel and help relieve millions from lockdowns.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/early-signs-covid-19-vaccine-jab-clobbers-more-transmissible-variants-20210304-p577ll.html
    Gladys Berejiklian’s majority in the lower house will be reduced to just one seat with Drummoyne MP John Sidoti to sit on the crossbench amid a public inquiry into corruption claims.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/icac-to-launch-public-hearing-into-sidelined-minister-john-sidoti-20210303-p577c9.html
    The NSW government says residents in aged care facilities have been left waiting for their vaccines because of a lack of information from their federal counterparts about the roll-out. A federal gold standard?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/aged-care-facilities-left-waiting-for-vaccines-amid-confusion-over-rollout-20210303-p577gj.html
    Mike Foley reveals that a scheme to recover water from farmers to benefit the environment under the $12 billion Murray Darling Basin Plan has been abandoned, as the Morrison government says communities cannot sustain the economic impact of reduced irrigation activity. He goes on to tell us that the Commonwealth’s former manager of environmental water has accused the government of caving to pressure from farm groups and experts warn the Morrison government’s alternate water-saving policy may not return enough water to the river to restore its health.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-axes-scheme-to-tap-into-farmers-water-for-murray-darling-20210303-p577ea.html
    Meanwhile, twelve Australian animals have been newly listed as extinct, raising the nation’s official share of the world’s extinct mammals over 20 months from 34 per cent to 38 per cent.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-s-climbs-the-list-of-wildlife-extinction-hotspots-20210303-p577dy.html
    How elimination versus suppression became Covid’s cold war.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/03/covid-19-elimination-versus-suppression
    The climate crisis can’t be solved by carbon accounting tricks, argues Simon Lewis who tells us disaster looms if big finance is allowed to game the carbon offsetting markets to achieve ‘net zero’ emissions
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/03/climate-crisis-carbon-accounting-tricks-big-finance
    Jess Irvine doesn’t think interest rates will be rising any time soon.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/heard-the-one-about-interest-rates-rising-don-t-be-so-sure-2021030.3-p577ii.html
    Wealthy Australians are locked in for thousands of dollars in indexed extra superannuation tax breaks from July 1, while those on average wages are being threatened with losing the promised small increase in the super guarantee, explains Michael Pascoe.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/superannuation/2021/03/04/extra-superannuation-for-wealthy-pascoe/
    Google Australia pays pitifully tiny tax for its size – just $100 million last year despite booking $4.8 billion locally in advertising revenue. Yet now Google claims that its value to Australia is more than $50 billion and it is responsible for 280,000 jobs although it merely employs 1800 people. In an excoriating paper, a senior research fellow at the Australia Institute, David Richardson, has torn apart Google Australia for vastly overstating the importance of Google Australia. Elizabeth Minter reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/fairy-tales-googles-claims-about-itself-beat-even-news-corp-and-nine/
    Global markets are awash with liquidity, making China’s authorities nervous about the risks for their own financial system and economy, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/there-will-be-problems-china-fears-the-blowback-from-global-financial-bubbles-20210303-p577e4.html
    Kelvin Chan reports that Google says it won’t develop new ways to follow individual users across the internet after it phases out existing ad tracking technology from Chrome browsers, in a change that threatens to shake up the online advertising industry.
    https://www.smh.com.au/technology/google-says-it-will-stop-tracking-users-in-chrome-to-sell-ads-20210304-p577ly.html
    Australia’s historical reluctance to have its own foreign policy is becoming increasingly untenable, writes Dr Alison Broinowski.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/now-or-never-australia-must-develop-its-own-foreign-policy,14852
    The New York Times is concerned that the Biden economy is at risk of growing too fast.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-biden-economy-is-at-risk-of-growing-too-fast-20210301-p576l9.html
    The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor said on Wednesday her office will formally investigate war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a move welcomed by the Palestinian Authority and denounced by Israel.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/international-criminal-court-to-probe-possible-war-crimes-in-occupied-palestinian-territories-20210304-p577lk.html

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