Nearly two months after the sexual harassment and assault scandal including the rape claim in parliament, the Australian government on April 8 launched the ‘Road Map for Respect’ after receiving a series of recommendations to prevent gender-based harassment and increase accountability for inappropriate behavior. at workplace. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison launched a “road map to respect” based on advice from the country’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner to improve workplace culture in the public and private sectors.
As per a New York Times report, Thursday’s announcement by the Australian PM comprises one of the most comprehensive efforts the government has made to date to address a problem that has run rampant in the country’s politics for several years. Reportedly, over the years, women have been abused, humiliated, or sexually abused without legal assistance. Media publications also reported that a federal review with a focus on the workplace culture of Parliament has also begun and could further generate additional calls for reform as the demand for demonstrable changes continues to increase.
Critics question whether that is enough
Following Morrison’s announcement, critics reportedly questioned whether the government’s move was sufficient while citing a preliminary report published in March 2020 with most of its findings being ignored by the government in power until now. As per reports, many women demand more details and a clear timeline.
“It takes more than just words from these governments to correct the impression that they don’t care about this issue,” said Louise Chappell, a political science professor at the University of New South Wales according to the ANI report. “It won’t go away.”
“It takes rape, rape survivor rights advocates, historical rape, 47, a march of 110,000 people to apply the 55 recs of a report. I won’t be grateful because at least it shouldn’t have taken this long. Slightly pat for all behind who didn’t get it,” he wrote in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Morrison said his government had accepted all 55 suggestions presented in the report “in whole, in part or in principle”. As such, critics have reportedly questioned which measures would go into effect at the federal level among other details.