Marise Payne was not published yesterday in March? ?? and their apology fully sums up the government

The Minister for Women, Marise Payne, has defended her decision not to take part in a rally on Monday on the subject of “Justice on 4 March “in which thousands of people called for action from leaders against gender-based violence Ms. Payne said she and Prime Minister Scott Morrison wanted to meet organizers but their offers were turned down by former Liberal aide Brittany Higgins, who claims by a colleague in Parliament House having been raped was a keynote speaker at the event. The Federal Minister said she appreciated the topic of &, “the most important thing is &”; and becomes " include " Requests a full investigation

Prime Minister Scott Morrison with Senator Marise Payne at a Parliamentary Breakfast on International Women’s Day at the Houses of Parliament in Canberra Payne has defended why she did not attend the women’s march Image: NCA NewsWire / Gary RamageSource: News Corp Australia

Yesterday at the women’s march, I wore a t-shirt that I painted myself.Normally I don’t paint t-shirts, but I was so angry with our government’s inaction on gender-based violence that I picked up the fabric colors and tried it Enough is enough, said my t-shirt and it was just a little smeared

Our Minister for Women, Marise Payne, was not present, although this was the largest women’s march in generations, despite the 90th anniversary000 of her constituents signed the petition which was sent to the House of Parliament, she refused to perform despite the overwhelming anger and desperation of women across the country

Minister for Women Marise Payne has chosen not to participate in the women’s march Image: Gary Ramage / NCA NewsWireSource: News Corp Australia

Our Minister for Women does not usually take part in marches, but these are not normal times Women’s anger has reached a turning point We’re tired of not being heard; we are tired of being at risk; We’re tired of our government not taking gender-based violence seriously

We are angry that our Prime Minister appears unwilling and unable to deal with these issues He didn’t understand Brittany Higgins’ experience until his wife explained to him and turned down calls from women across the country for an independent investigation

Our government “normally” does not ensure that victims of sexual assault are treated with respect and compassion. Brittany Higgins, for example, was forced to report her attack in the room in the House of Parliament where she claims to have been raped / p>

Brittany Higgins will speak on Nov. March 4 at Canberra Womens Justice March Image: Jamila Toderas / Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Our Prime Minister refused to read the historic rape allegations against his Attorney General Christian Porter at all, and flatly denied the feasibility of an independent investigation into these allegations. The Attorney General has come forward to absolutely deny these claims

Our government “usually” has no sympathy for women who claim to have been sexually assaulted (at least not without coaching from Jenny Morrison) Worse still, members of our government “usually” question the integrity and honesty of victims of alleged assaults Brittany Higgins has been called a “he-lie” by our Secretary of Defense (words she has since withdrawn)

Protesters on the Sunshine Coast on Nov. March in Cotton Tree on Monday Image: Patrick WoodsSource: News Regional Media

Our government “usually” silences women by preventing them from taking action after they have been harassed or attacked, for example, Higgins claims she feels that filing a police report would end her political career / p>

Our government “usually” does little to ensure that workplaces, homes, public spaces, institutions and parliament are safe spaces for women, as evidenced by our country’s devastating history of domestic violence, sexual violence and gender-based violence. p>

Our government does not “usually” protect our most vulnerable and marginalized citizens – indigenous women, older women, disabled women, trans women, and non-binary people – from shocking rates of gender-based violence and sexual assault

Oh, and our leaders “usually” fail to hold themselves accountable for violence against women and to commit to social reform and change

Senator Marise Payne during Senate Question Time on Jan. February 2021 Image: Sam Mooy / Getty Images Source: Getty Images

When Marise Payne refused to join the Women’s March for Justice because she “normally” doesn’t go to marches, she totally missed the point of what we normally do is no longer working

There is a serious systemic problem of gender-based violence in our country One woman per week is killed by her intimate partner We women are routinely harassed in the workplace, in schools and in online spaces Women are attacked in places where we are at should feel safest – in our homes, in our institutions, in our communities

We women and our male allies marched yesterday to demand change, to demand a difference in the way things are done “normally”

I painted a T-shirt. I marched on the street with my 13-year-old daughter and shouted for change. Our Minister for Women, too, has to do it differently

Kerri Sackville is a freelance writer and author of Out There: A Survival Guide to Dating in Midlife | @ KerriSackville

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