In light of recent revelations in Parliament House, March for Justice is calling for action. A protest is set to take place in Sydney on Monday, March 15th demanding an independent inquiry into gendered violence in Australia’s Parliament.
The protest is set to kick off at Town Hall at 12 noon. It will open with speeches from speakers, before marching through to Sydney’s Parliament House on Macquarie Street. March for Justice is rallying for a full investigation of rape and sexual assault allegations and misconduct by members of Parliament and staff.
The movement will operate on a national scale, with gatherings set to take place in Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and Wollongong. You can find all the dates here.
March for Justice will follow strict COVID safe procedures including all attendees encouraged to wear face masks at the March and physical distancing of 1.5 metres from other attendees.
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March for Justice in light of the recent sexual assault scandal that rocked Parliament. Back in February, Prime Minister Scott Morrison found himself in hot water after denying knowledge about the alleged sexual assault that took place in 2019.
Mr Morrisson told parliament that his office first heard about the claims on February 12th but he was only informed three days later. A series of indicting text messages acquired by The Australian implied that his office was made aware of the alleged assault back in 2019.
A text to a senior staff member at the Prime Minister’s office detailed that they were “mortified” to hear of the assault and pledged to take action.
In the aftermath of the texts coming to light Morrison swiftly denied misleading the public. “I have sought to be as open and honest as I can be about this matter,” he said. “I have told you everything I know about this matter.”
Following Brittany Higgins’ admission that she had been attacked by a male Liberal Party colleague, a number of women came forward and detailed their own experiences with alleged sexual assault and harassment in Australian politics.