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. The Saturday Paper’s “The Briefing” tells me that Porter “has received a wave of sympathetic coverage in News Corp publications, after outing himself as the government minister facing rape allegations”.

    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/thebriefing/max-opray/2021/03/04/news-corp-rallies-around-porter

    Ugh!

    About what you would expect from the company that receives so much support from our farce of a government, including millions of dollars of taxpayer funding.

    NewsCorpse is just an organisation that enables rapists now. With any other media company I would be wondering how the women working there feel today, but as it’s NewsCorpse I suppose they don’t care, considering they happily stay there and are happy to keep on spruiking propaganda.

    I don’t know if Porter committed this particular alleged rape or not, I just wonder given his record how many other rapes he has got away with – so far. I did not believe a word he said yesterday He even lied about his age at the time which makes me question everything else he said. His past record of abusive behaviour to women, especially teenagers, is enough reason to be glad that his past has now caught up with him.

  2. If there is no inquiry Porter will be tainted for the rest of his life.

    Better to be thought a rapist than having it confirmed?

    Surely he realizes that all her documents will be made public. And that won’t take years.

  3. The CrimeMinister was in Newcastle this morning making yet another announcement about something or other.

    You should have seen the comments on Facebook to the live feed from SBS! People know his announcements are useless and pointless.

    The electorate of Newcastle is firmly held by Labor. If the CrimeMinister believes he can win it back by making an announcement about things that will never happen then he is seriously deluded.

  4. Who does the ironing?

    All this talk about a sixteen year old girl showing Porter and his mates how to iron a shirt because they had no idea how to do that, and his alleged remark about what a good wife she would make tells us so much about the privileged life Porter has lived and the world he belongs to.

    A world where men marry only so they will have a live-in housekeeper and where only women iron shirts. It has shades of the equally privileged Tony Abbott and this remark –

    “What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price, and their own power bills when they switch the iron on, are going to go up,” Mr Abbott said

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/abbott-accused-of-being-incredibly-oldfashioned-as-he-lets-off-steam-20100209-nnqr.html

    He admitted not long after that remark that he had only learned to iron in that week.
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/abbott-admits-he-s-new-to-ironing

    My boys are of the same generation as Porter, just a few years younger. They both knew how to iron shirts and more long before they moved out of home. They had to learn when I was enduring chemo and struggled to stand up for the first few weeks, let alone do ironing. Kind friends helped, I had Home Care, but there were still times when the kids had to iron a shirt or a school dress.

    I made sure my sons were not useless – they could cook, iron, work the washing machine and hang out the washing, vacuum and perform all other household tasks while they were still at school. The mantra here was “There are no useless blokes in this house”. Their partners now get to appreciate that early training.

    I wonder how Porter, Abbott and their ilk managed when they were young, single men? Did they have servants? Maybe slaves?

  5. Linda, that’s not who you need to apologise to.

    What about apologising to Brittany Higgins. You remember her, don’t you – the subject of your despicable remarks?

  6. Caveats apply –

    Seth Meyers –

    Rachel Maddow –

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  7. Good thread

    (thread) My legal views on Christian Porter: 1) it is normal that the same conduct of a person may be subject to different legal processes for different purposes – criminal, civil, employment, disciplinary, human rights, ombudsperson, coronial etc— Prof Ben Saul (@profbensaul) March 4, 2021

  8. If we truly wished to combat racism, and even possibly eradicate it, we would use these books to talk about our cultures, how and why they differ, and focus on our similarities. The continuous tirades in cancel culture do the opposite. Attacking innocent people, books, and businesses has not destroyed the “racism.” If anything it has spread it.

    Instead of working through our issues together, as psychologists would suggest, movements of online activists continuously harass individuals and industries until they cave. The problem with that is it doesn’t resolve the underlying issue, nor does it change anyone’s mind.

    The six Dr. Seuss books in question are sold out everywhere. People are buying them online for hundreds of dollars because they’re now a commodity.

    These books weren’t written to perpetuate “racism,” and if the illustrations depicted within some of the pages are offensive, why not just revise them? Why remove the stories entirely?

    Because removal allows ignorance. Ignorance is a weakness that can be controlled and manipulated. Once again, the people who are unable to fully understand the meaning of an aged work beyond their modern preconceived notions are allowing their own ignorance to be manipulated by movements and political figures who have a lot to gain by pitting us against each other.

    https://newsoz.org/2021/03/04/refusing-to-print-dr-seuss-books-has-nothing-to-do-with-combating-racism-auspol-newsoz-org/

  9. Lord Almighty!

    If you read the thread you find out Zempilas was one of the boys on Porter’s debating team.

    Like attracts like.

  10. Yesterday Porter said he had not seen the alleged victim of rape since 1988.

    He lied.

    More friends and family of Christian Porter accuser back calls for rape allegation inquiry
    The attorney general acknowledges he may have seen the woman after 1988, despite saying he had no recollection of further contact

    As friends rallied, urging Morrison to change his mind about an independent probe, and pledging cooperation with any credible process – a close friend of the now deceased woman, who accompanied her to make a statement to the New South Wales police in 2020, told Guardian Australia Porter had dined with her friend after 1988.

    The woman, who has declined to be identified, put the timing of the catch up “in the 1990s”.

    On Wednesday Porter – who categorically denies the woman’s allegation of rape – said that he only knew the woman for “the briefest periods at debating competitions when we were teenagers”. The attorney general twice suggested he had not seen the alleged victim since 1988 “to the best of my recollection”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/04/more-friends-and-family-of-christian-porter-accuser-back-calls-for-allegation-inquiry

    • well that’s ugly stuff! but a girl’s gotta do, what a girl’s gotta do!

      Door bitch stands outside nightclub freezing to death keeping unworthy people out.
      Next we will hear she was a pole dancer or lap dancer
      Better pay than checkout chick at Coles

  11. Is it also just a coincidence that the NSW police commissioner is a mate of the CrimeMinister and has been very helpful to him in the past?

    And –

  12. I can’t see women forgetting this tawdry episode and returning a liberal government
    This past week has stirred too many buried memories and too many dark stories have been swapped

    The Attorney General might be asking why his career is ruined but many women have had their careers ruined, changed by sexual encounters so there is little sympathy for him in the female corner

    We know justice doesn’t apply for rape, flashing etc etc because police were loathe to destroy a man’s career for his harmless recreational pursuits. Sex cases that get to court have a very low conviction rate so where there is innuendo it sticks

    John Elder The Age crime reporter wrote a powerful article about a man tried for killing his wife after applying years of coercive control, he got off on a technicality after days were spent detailing his harrowing torture of his wife. The correspondent was incensed to be the guest speaker at Kew Rotary where the perp was present. The correspondent argued that his crime was minimised by the club’s acceptance of him at their meeting ie the perp ought to have been ostracised

    • All too true.

      In many Australian country towns going to the police to complain about rape, other sexual assaults or domestic violence is pointless because all too often the male police are mates with the perpetrator. They play on the same sporting teams, or drink together, or are long-standing friends. Guess who they will support>

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

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    David Crowe simply says, “PM, if you believe Porter, say so. If not, ask him to resign”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pm-if-you-believe-porter-say-so-if-not-ask-him-to-resign-20210304-p577ve.html
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    John Lord writes about the week that will never go away.
    https://theaimn.com/the-week-that-will-never-go-away/
    Jacqui Maley and Nick Bonyhady tell us how long-time friends of the woman who accused Attorney-General Christian Porter of raping her in 1988 at a school debating event stand by their belief in the truth of their friend’s account based on her demeanour when describing her claims in 2019.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/we-are-not-out-to-destroy-anyone-woman-s-friends-back-inquiry-into-porter-rape-allegations-20210304-p577vf.html
    Scott Morrison faces a growing clamour for an independent investigation into the contested rape allegation against Christian Porter, as the attorney general acknowledged he may have had contact with the woman after 1988.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/04/more-friends-and-family-of-christian-porter-accuser-back-calls-for-allegation-inquiry
    All sides are playing politics with the allegations against Christian Porter. And an independent inquiry can never tell us what really happened, opines Phil Coorey.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/after-the-show-trial-there-s-no-way-to-know-the-truth-20210303-p577k4
    The Morrison Government claims it takes sexual assault allegations seriously, only to file them for posterity, sending the message that victims are not to be trusted, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/historical-rape-and-attorney-general-christian-porter,14861
    Scott Morrison is arguing that the rule of law is fundamental to the proper functioning of liberal democracies such as Australia. But the political pandemic is overwhelming that logic, says Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-defends-rule-of-law-over-the-tribe-20210304-p577wf
    Michelle Grattan believes that Scott Morrison can’t get a circuit breaker while Porter remains.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-scott-morrison-cant-get-circuit-breaker-while-porter-remains-156517
    Tammy Mills outlines what an inquiry into the Christian Porter allegations could look like.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/what-an-inquiry-into-the-christian-porter-allegations-could-look-like-20210304-p577xb.html
    John Silvester tells us why justice should be blind. and that the principle should apply to Christian Porter.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/justice-is-blind-in-the-case-of-christian-porter-and-so-it-should-be-20210304-p577r7.html
    Brittany Higgins’ lawyer has sent a letter to Linda Reynolds demanding a public apology for a “distasteful character assassination”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/defence-minister-linda-reynolds-does-not-deny-calling-brittany-higgins-lying-cow-20210303-p577ld.html
    Christian Porter is responsible for serial breaches of the law, as documented here last year. These revelations alone should be enough to see Porter removed from official duties but his relentless persecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery – both denied natural justice and prosecuted in secret – are hardly the stuff of a model litigant. Yet now the besieged Attorney-General calls for rule of law to apply in respect of the rape allegations against him. Elizabeth Minter reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/christian-porter-responsible-for-serial-breaches-of-the-law-now-cries-rule-of-law/
    Josh Butler writes that pressure is building on the Morrison government to take further action over historic rape allegations against Attorney-General Christian Porter, with the family of his accuser backing an inquiry into her death. And Albanese has said “This cannot be the end”.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/03/05/christian-porter-inquiry-rejected/
    The New Daily explains how the law could permit the standing down of Christian Porter.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2021/03/05/christian-porter-standing-down-law/
    John Lord writes about the week that will never go away.
    https://theaimn.com/the-week-that-will-never-go-away/
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    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-outback-airbnb-shack-the-dirt-highway-and-daryl-maguire-s-meeting-with-gladys-berejiklian-20210303-p577ig.html
    Meanwhile, the NSW government is under pressure to explain why it is paying a developer $258m for land that was valued at just $155m two years ago.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/landcom-pays-100m-more-than-seller-s-evaluation-for-site-near-sydney-20210215-p572m4.html.
    The SMH editorial declares that the NSW ICAC funding must not depend on the very politicians it investigates.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/independent-icac-more-important-than-ever-20210304-p577x9.html
    Getting a flight home should not depend on how rich you are, says Caitlin Fitzsimmons.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/getting-a-flight-home-should-not-depend-on-how-rich-you-are-20210304-p577un.html
    Jennifer Duke writes that up to 250,000 workers could lose their jobs when the JobKeeper wage subsidy ends as insolvency data reveals only three companies have used new rules designed to help struggling employers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/up-to-250-000-more-unemployed-when-jobkeeper-ends-within-weeks-20210304-p577oh.html
    Vulnerable patients requiring drug rehabilitation are being forced into an unregulated and expensive private sector by the lack of public places. And the spivs rush in!
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/high-fees-no-regulation-and-unscrupulous-operators-in-victorian-private-rehab-sector-20210304-p577sw.html
    Bevan Shield tells us that the TGA has declared that a full-page advertisement signed by Clive Palmer in The Australian yesterday questioning Covid-19 vaccination “contains factual inaccuracies”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/04/clive-palmer-ad-questioning-covid-vaccines-factually-wrong-tga-says
    Bevan Shields reports that Alan Finkel is conducting an international lobbying blitz to assure key allies that Australia has a plan to achieve net zero emissions, in a new diplomatic effort ahead of a trio of crunch climate change summits this year.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/former-chief-scientist-spruiks-australia-s-green-tech-on-world-stage-20210224-p5758s.html
    Australia has shown you can take on big companies – and win, writes Richard Denniss.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/04/australia-has-shown-you-can-take-on-big-companies-and-win
    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says growing the economy is the best way to fund a multibillion-dollar overhaul of Australia’s broken aged care sector, all but ruling out a new hit on taxpayers as suggested by the royal commission. Sounds a lot like “trickle down” to me.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/aged-care-tax-killed-off-20210304-p577n6
    Unions and aged care experts are outraged that the royal commission into the sector has not recommended a clear path away from the “overcasualisation” of the system’s workforce, warning the extra time residents are set to receive with carers will ultimately feel “transactional” and detrimental to dementia sufferers if providers can still rely on labour hire agencies.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/05/relying-on-casuals-in-aged-care-will-weaken-royal-commissions-reforms-experts-warn
    The clumsily drafted online safety bill could see adult content censored in Australia explains Jarryd Bartle.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/05/the-clumsily-drafted-online-safety-bill-could-see-adult-content-censored-in-australia
    Customers would pay an extra 88 cents per delivery on platforms such as Uber, Deliveroo and Menulog to fund a proposed personal injury scheme for drivers, reports Lucy Cormack.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/proposed-food-delivery-levy-to-add-88-cents-per-order-to-protect-drivers-20210301-p576sj.html
    Lesley Parker explains how the cleaning industry, renowned for exploiting workers , has cleaned up its act.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/how-an-industry-renowned-for-exploiting-workers-cleaned-up-its-act-20210302-p5772j.html
    Britain doesn’t just have a health crisis – it’s got a major economic headache, too, explains Bevan Shields. Britain’s debt-to-GDP ratio, which is expected to peak at 97.1 per cent, is more than double Australia’s forecast peak of 43.8 per cent.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/britain-doesn-t-just-have-a-health-crisis-it-s-got-a-major-economic-headache-too-20210303-p577lf.html
    China’s top legislative body will overhaul Hong Kong’s electoral system, declaring it was its responsibility to put “patriots” in power.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/putting-patriots-in-power-china-to-overhaul-hong-kong-s-political-system-20210304-p577rl.html
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  14. Excellent tweets (there are three in the thread) from Peter Slipper on the rule of law, which did not apply to him during Ashbygate.

  15. With the pro-Porter bias shown loud and clear by PvO, Probyn and other “mates” this should be seen as a proud badge of honour. I would expect no less of Cooke, who is an excellent journalist totally unlike the show ponies currently sucking up to Porter.

  16. The vaccine rollout is going so very well – nah, that’s just government spin.

    The whole thing is a shambles. What else would we expect from this farce of a government?

    Italy blocking 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine is going to result in even more chaos.

    The European Union has done the right thing – Australia is not vulnerable, thanks to us being an island and easily able to control arrivals, and thanks to the hard work of state governments and especially leaders who stepped up when the CrimeMinister abandoned all his responsibilities and refused to lead.

    Other countries need the vaccine desperately. Australia can afford to wait.

  17. Caveats apply

    friendlyjordies –

    Seth Meyers –

    Rachel Maddow –

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  18. He has started something

    Chris Uhlmann
    @CUhlmann
    Top of the morning sewer rats. Why not waste a lazy day in hysterics over this? “One can only imagine how even more hideous the whole episode would have been had the internet – including its sewer, Twitter – existed back then.”

    #sewerrats is trending

  19. There is no single agreed definition of the rule of law. However, there is a basic core definition that has near universal acceptance. As Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Walker, has written in his defining work on the rule of law in Australia:

    ‘…most of the content of the rule of law can be summed up in two points: that the people (including, one should add, the government) should be ruled by the law and obey it and that the law should be such that people will be able (and, one should add, willing) to be guided by it.’

    – Geoffrey de Q. Walker, The rule of law: foundation of constitutional democracy, (1st Ed., 1988).

    The relevance of the rule of law is demonstrated by application of the following principles in practice:

    .The separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary.

    . The law is made by representatives of the people in an open and transparent way.

    . The law and its administration is subject to open and free criticism by the people, who may assemble without fear.

    . The law is applied equally and fairly, so that no one is above the law.

    . The law is capable of being known to everyone, so that everyone can comply.

    . No one is subject to any action by any government agency other than in accordance with the law and the model litigant rules, no one is subject to any torture.

    . The judicial system is independent, impartial, open and transparent and provides a fair and prompt trial.

    . All people are presumed to be innocent until proven otherwise and are entitled to remain silent and are not required to incriminate themselves.

    . No one can be prosecuted, civilly or criminally, for any offence not known to the law when committed.

    . No one is subject adversely to a retrospective change of the law.

    https://www.ruleoflaw.org.au/principles/

  20. Excellent article on what the CrimeMinister really means by “rule of law”- male privilege.

    We must not let Morrison and Co. determine ‘what’s at stake’

    No, the “rule of law” is not at stake.

    The meaning of justice is at stake.

    Women’s safety is at stake.

    Whether women, or indeed any of us, can have confidence in those who oversee the “rule of law” is at stake.

    And I suspect that from the perspective of Morrison, Porter and those standing in the way of an independent inquiry, what’s really at stake is men’s privilege and entitlement –their belief that they can sail through life avoiding any accountability, particularly in relation to their treatment of women.

    I suspect that’s what’s really driving Morrison and Co., not a genuine fear for “the rule of law”

    https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/we-must-not-let-morrison-and-co-determine-whats-at-stake/

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. This will keep you occupied for a while!

    Another excoriation of Morrison’s women problem and his motives from Peter Hartcher!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberals-men-in-blue-go-zap-and-hope-we-forget-their-women-problem-20210305-p578am.html
    Too many of us believe women lie about rape. In fact, they rarely report it, writes Julia Baird.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/too-many-of-us-believe-women-lie-about-rape-in-fact-they-rarely-report-it-20210305-p57889.html
    In a cracker of a contribution, Katherine Murphy says that Canberra’s pale, stale and male tribe is missing the moment – as it did with Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/06/canberras-pale-stale-and-male-tribe-is-missing-the-moment-as-it-did-with-julia-gillards-misogyny-speech
    Laura Tingle asks, “What if it wasn’t Christian Porter facing the allegations?”
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/what-if-it-wasn-t-christian-porter-facing-the-allegations-20210305-p5781d
    It took one week for Australia’s first law officer, Christian Porter, to come out of hiding. In those seven days, he and his prime minister did everything to minimise the grave allegations of a violent historic rape. Porter has issued vehement denials and attempted the demolition of the claims against him. A dark cloud still enshrouds the government of the nation, says Paul Bongiorno in a very good article.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2021/03/06/christian-porter-accusations-and-denials/161494920011227
    Dennis Atkins writes that, from aged care to assault scandals, Scott Morrison is wilfully incurious. He says, “It sounds absurd but there’s a compelling case that Scott Morrison has a ‘don’t know, don’t tell’ policy with himself.” Another cracker.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2021/03/06/scott-morrison-aged-care-atkins/
    Jordan Baker writes that police want schools to encourage student sexual assault victims to come forward, even if they decide against pursuing criminal charges, saying details about their experience could provide valuable intelligence.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/police-urge-schoolgirls-to-report-assaults-even-if-they-decide-against-charges-20210305-p5789f.html
    The SMH editorial says that it will be a long and bumpy road, but the goal is to end sexual violence.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-long-and-bumpy-road-but-the-goal-is-to-end-sexual-violence-20210305-p5789g.html
    Professor Jim Bright tells us how rape allegations have put workplace safety front and centre.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/rape-allegations-have-put-workplace-safety-front-and-centre-20210302-p576z7.html
    Paul Kelly reckons the pile-on over Christian Porter will prove to be the defining test of Scott Morrison as power, politics and principle collide.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/when-power-politics-and-principle-collide/news-story/e77b3556da8586664c9aaea9211f85f2
    David Crowe reports that the woman who accused Christian Porter of rape drew on counselling that she said helped to “resurface” a trauma she said she had known about for years.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/woman-drew-on-counselling-before-recounting-alleged-rape-20210305-p578at.html
    Geoffrey Watson SC explains why Christian Porter and Scott Morrison are utterly wrong about the ‘rule of law’.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2021/03/06/christian-porter-rule-of-law/
    The editorial in The Australian is concerned that the “grotesque political saga ignores principles of justice”.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/editorials/grotesque-political-saga-ignores-principles-of-justice/news-story/38049db609c0c841cbe28017b7d175ae
    The Guardian reveals that two cabinet ministers attended the 1988 university debating competition at which a woman has alleged she was sexually assaulted by Christian Porter, although members of the Morrison government insist they had no ongoing association with her.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/05/two-cabinet-ministers-attended-event-at-which-woman-alleged-christian-porter-raped-her
    Katina Curtis and Anthony Galloway tell us that former political staffers who have made allegations of harassment and assault will take part in a new investigation into Parliament’s workplace culture to be conducted by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/victims-will-join-jenkins-review-of-parliament-s-workplace-culture-20210305-p5787d.html
    The Porter denial fails to end calls for an independent inquiry, writes Karen Middleton.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/03/06/porter-denial-fails-end-calls-independent-inquiry/161494920011222
    If the PM really cares about the ‘rule of law’, he’ll hold an inquiry into the allegations against his attorney general, urges Professor Kim Rubenstein.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/05/if-the-pm-really-cares-about-the-rule-of-law-hell-hold-an-inquiry-into-the-allegations-against-his-attorney-general
    The only time our Prime Minister has demonstrated empathy is when it comes to protecting his own interests, writes Paul Begley.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/porter-allegations-have-again-revealed-scott-morrisons-misguided-empathy,14860
    An internal email is causing furore among staff at the nation’s largest law firm after the head of MinterEllison criticised a senior partner for taking on Attorney-General Christian Porter as a client.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/furore-at-minterellison-after-partner-takes-on-attorney-general-as-client-20210305-p57887.html
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/05/australias-largest-law-firm-in-uproar-after-taking-christian-porter-as-client
    Margaret Simmons says that the shift in gender balance means abuse claims are being taken seriously. She concludes this interesting essay with, “Journalists and politicians should get used to this new understanding. Women and decent male reporters will not let it go, nor should they.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/shift-in-gender-balance-means-abuse-claims-are-being-taken-seriously-20210305-p5786r.html
    The Australin says that Scott Morrison’s industrial relations bill faces months of delay as key crossbenchers call for a planned March vote on the reforms to be shelved in the wake of rape claims against Christian Porter and backed an independent ­inquiry into the allegations.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/rape-stalemate-threat-to-scott-morrisons-agenda/news-story/203208d60a86ff6ceddf0841e331a6d5
    Scott Morrison should be basking in the glory of a vaccine rollout and a remarkable economic recovery. Instead, two of his senior ministers are on the ropes. Phil Coorey explores where it all went wrong. He reckons that Morrison will hold the line – until he starts to see he’s losing votes.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/damage-done-pm-struggles-to-change-the-message-20210304-p577xt
    Michael McGowan goes to the questions left unanswered by Gladys Berejiklian’s budget estimates appearance this week.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/06/the-questions-left-unanswered-by-gladys-berejiklians-budget-estimates-appearance
    Kate McClymont tells us that sensational new evidence – withheld from a royal commission – throws fresh light on the involvement of former NSW premier Neville Wran in a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/bombshell-corruption-claim-about-former-premier-neville-wran-20210305-p5788k.html
    Mathias Cormann has defended his bid for the top job at the OECD as backlash from leading climate change experts and environmental groups grows. Cait Kelly says he is feeling the heat.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2021/03/06/mathias-cormann-oecd-climate/
    Ben Bramble argues why it’s OK for Australia to miss out on vaccines for now.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-it-s-ok-for-australia-to-miss-out-on-vaccines-for-now-20210305-p5786z.html
    Rachel Clun wonders if the government has what it takes to fix aged care.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/does-the-government-have-what-it-takes-to-fix-aged-care-20210304-p5782m.html
    After two-and-a-half years, the report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has landed. Its findings are clear: without a major overhaul and more resources, our elderly will continue to receive substandard care, explains Rick Morton.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/03/06/aged-care-royal-commission-final-report/161494920011214
    Eliabeth Farrelly explains how Japan puts our nursing homes to shame.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/ageing-disgracefully-japan-puts-our-nursing-homes-to-shame-20210304-p577ot.html
    Adele Ferguson reveals that injured workers are being left high and dry by icare’s excruciatingly slow pace. What a mess!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/injured-workers-left-high-and-dry-by-icare-s-excruciating-slow-pace-20210305-p5789i.html
    Jennifer Duke and Dominic Powell tell us that the small business lobby boss has lashed out at corporate giants taking taxpayer-funded JobKeeper payments while reporting huge profits and delivering shareholders dividends instead of paying it back, describing the practice as being “pretty close to theft”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pretty-close-to-theft-small-business-slams-big-corporate-jobkeeper-profits-20210304-p577sn.html
    The government’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout plans have been stymied by untrained doctors, spoiled doses and communication failures with the states, writes Mike Seccombe. Experts are saying the rollout deadline is looking impossible at current rates.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/03/06/experts-vaccine-rollout-deadline-impossible-current-rates/161494920011220
    Peter Dutton has led the Australian people to accept things that would have been unthinkable ten or 20 years ago, writes Julian Burnside AO QC.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/julian-burnside-dutton-is-still-spending-billions-to-keep-people-in-misery,14851
    Sarah Danckert reports that the teetering financial services house Greensill Capital has capped off an extraordinary week of bad news with revelations that it waited until only recently to tell its financial backer Credit Suisse it had no insurance for over $US4.6 billion ($5.9bn) worth of assets.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/greensill-caps-off-horror-week-with-fresh-credit-suisse-revelations-20210305-p57811.html
    In the face of the pandemic and workers’ reluctance to return to old commuting habits, many blue-chip corporations are delaying making decisions and reassessing how they will use their office spaces, explain Simon Johanson and Carolyn Cummins.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/hub-and-home-new-norm-for-workers-is-a-grim-reality-for-office-owners-20210303-p577ja.html
    The AFR reveals that sophisticated British criminals have exploited vulnerabilities in Australia’s search engine and cryptocurrency infrastructure to dupe small investors, lured by the promise of high-yield funds badged by some of the finance world’s most trusted brands.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/high-yield-bond-scam-millions-vanish-into-the-crypto-world-20210303-p577iy
    As far-right groups in Australia adopt an increasingly aggressive posture and become more organised, Victoria Police has been criticised for drawing an equivalence between far-right extremism and the far left, departing from the stance taken by other security agencies in the country. Experts have warned that this position risks minimising the serious threat posed by white supremacists, writes Osman Faruqi for The Saturday Paper.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/03/06/victoria-police-and-extremism/161494920011218
    Three villagers who allege they saw Ben Roberts-Smith kick an unarmed farmer off a cliff in Afghanistan before the man was shot dead are unlikely to be granted entry into Australia to give evidence in a defamation trial, a court has heard.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/doubts-over-witnesses-entering-australia-for-ben-roberts-smith-defamation-trial-20210305-p57828.html
    Brigadier Ian Langford told superiors soon after the Brereton war crimes report was released that he wanted to hand back his Distinguished Service Cross but was stopped from doing so ­because there was no formal process to deal with the request.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence/officer-brigadier-ian-langford-to-keep-afghan-medal/news-story/d3e1a0a06d36888c75939c8879fe3359
    Australia’s economic partnership with China is beset not just by short-term fundamental political differences, but now faces structural change that will present far longer-lasting challenges to the Australian economy, warns Eryk Bagshaw.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/china-s-next-great-leap-forward-could-be-a-setback-for-australia-20210304-p577y4.html
    The most rampant era of welfare rorting in Australia’s history draws to a close at the end of the month when the JobKeeper scheme ends. Luke Stacey and Michael West investigate some of the big grifters and how they pulled it off … while we await a response from Business Council of Australia.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/the-big-grift-how-the-top-end-of-town-rorted-jobkeeper/
    Media watchdog ACMA has found that veteran broadcaster John Laws breached the commercial radio code with “dangerous” and “highly offensive” remarks made during a March 2020 segment of his morning talkback show.
    https://www.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/john-laws-found-to-breach-radio-code-with-dangerous-suicide-insult-20210305-p5785s.html
    Jennifer Duke looks at Tim Wilson’s “Housing first. Super second” campaign.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberal-mp-s-housing-campaign-a-bigger-problem-than-super-guarantee-for-labor-20210305-p5782y.html
    In an open letter, epidemiologists are calling for a new inquiry into covid-19’s origins, arguing WHO’s team did not have “the independence or the necessary access”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/who-s-coronavirus-inquiry-compromised-by-politics-say-scientists-20210305-p5789c.html
    A former State Department aide in Donald Trump’s administration has been charged with participating in the deadly siege at the Capitol and assaulting officers who were trying to guard the building, court papers show.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/state-department-aide-appointed-by-trump-stormed-the-capitol-fbi-says-20210306-p578c3.html

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  22. From the Dawn Patrol’s article by Dennis Atkins. By golly some honesty from Mr Flimflam Man. Between not holding hoses and not being arsed reading an accusation of rape against one of his senior Ministers he sure has shown us how true it is. No wonder he called in an ’empathy consultant’. $190,000 spent and wasted. . So is it psychopathy or narcissism behind his not giving a shit about anyone but himself ?

    “I’ve really learned not to care; and I really don’t that much,” Morrison told the ABC’s Annabel Crabb before he became prime minister.

  23. A lot of references have been made to Dyson Hayden inquiry. Anyone know what the conclusion of that was? I can’t seem to find any.

  24. “The Guardian reveals that two cabinet ministers attended the 1988 university debating competition at which a woman has alleged she was sexually assaulted by Christian Porter, although members of the Morrison government insist they had no ongoing association with her.”

    Which explains why Nine ran a puff piece yesterday starring Fletcher and his wife, obviously an attempt to show Fletcher as a loving husband who would never, ever rape anyone.

    Don’t bother reading it – all that sugar will give you a toothache.

    Opposites do attract – just ask federal MP Paul Fletcher
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/opposites-do-attract-just-ask-federal-mp-paul-fletcher-20201203-p56kf0.html

  25. Leone, thank you. And it wouldn’t have helped with my misspelling his last name. My excuse for that is I have a grandson with that name.

  26. The independent senator Rex Patrick has called for a sweeping review of Centrelink welfare debts, after the federal government was again rebuked at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal over its methods.

    The AAT, which reviews social security decisions, recently ruled in two decisions that debts imposed on two welfare recipients by Centrelink could not be upheld.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/06/centrelink-must-review-welfare-debts-after-tribunal-casts-further-doubt-on-income-averaging-senator-says

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