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Australian of the Year Grace Tame is calling for a national definition of consent to be implemented across Australia to ensure the principle is understood

Australian of the Year Grace Tame has criticized Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s rhetoric following Brittany Higgins’ rape allegations in Parliament

The 26-year-old appeared outside the National Press Club on Tuesday and gave a powerful speech about her own experience of sexual assault and the need for further action to help others

Mr Morrison said he spoke to his wife, Jenny, after Mrs Higgins, a former Liberal worker, shared her troubling allegations that she was raped in a ministerial office in the House of Parliament

“Jenny and I spoke last night and she said to me you have to think about it as a father. What would you like to do if it were our girls?” he told reporters at the time

“Jenny always has a way to sort things out and the way I thought about it overnight and listened to Brittany and what she had to say”

When asked about Mr Morrison’s answer, Ms. Tame said, “It shouldn’t be necessary to have children in order to have a conscience”

In her speech, Ms. Tame called for national reforms to address the challenges women face when making allegations of sexual assault

She said a single national standard for sexual consent needs to be established in order to teach this principle effectively across Australia

“For our government – our decision makers and our policy makers – we need reforms at the national level, both in politics and education,” she said

“It is so important to our nation that the whole world actually hears the stories of the survivors”

Ms. Tame was named Australian of the Year for her tireless advocacy, particularly her fight against the repeal of Tasmanian laws that prevent survivors from expressing themselves

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World News – AU – Grace Tame Says Scott Morrison, “Having Children Guaranteed No Conscience”

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