What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 14 – 20 November 2022

South Australian Magistrate Simon Milazzo Removed From Office Over Sexual Harassment

Magistrate Simon Milazzo was removed from office on Thursday after sexually harassing four women at work. The allegations were made last year and Milazzo was immediately suspended with pay. The allegations included Mr Milazzo making homophobic remarks to one employee about how she should be with a man. Another incident involved Milazzo asking an employee about whether her partner could “fulfil” her. Mr Milazzo also touched another employee as if to massage her. A report was conducted by the judicial conduct panel that revealed Mr Milazzo had engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct over a number of years. The panel said Mr Milazzo “has not expressed any genuine remorse in respect of the three most serious allegations and has in effect denied outright any improper conduct in the form of sexual harassment in relation to either of those witnesses”.

Ballarat Clarendon College ‘Obstructed’ Organiser From Talking To Staff Amid Bullying Probe, Union Says

An elite school in Victoria will be the subject of an independent investigation regarding bullying and “psychosocial safety” of staff. Both current and former staff will be surveyed. An anonymous email was sent to the school board in October detailing allegations of bullying and harassment. In response, the Independent Education Union (IEU) commenced an investigation. The message of the IEU was that bullying of staff needs urgent attention and is not good enough.

Incoming Amendments To The Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Act 1992 (NT)

The Northern Territory anti-discrimination laws are due to be amended to impose a positive duty on employers to eliminate sexual harassment. Other amendments include greater protections for gender identity and defining sex characteristics. The most controversial of the changes relate to the religious freedom debate. Provisions that allow religious institutions to make employment decisions on the basis of sexuality will be removed. Therefore, there will be no exemption for religious educational organisations with regard to discrimination laws related to sexuality.

Sri Lankan Cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka Granted Bail After Alleged Sexual Assault

The Sri Lankan cricket player, Danushka Gunathilaka, was arrested in Sydney on November 6 for sexual assault. He has since been held in custody. He has been charged with four counts of sexual assault after an investigation by Sex Crimes Squad looked into the allegations. The victim has since received online abuse. There has been debate over the conditions of his bail due to concerns of the cricket player being a flight risk.