What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 25 April – 1 May 2022

Former High Court Judge on Sexual Harassment In Law

Kenneth Hayne is a former High Court judge and banking royal commissioner. He released a statement this week calling for “cultural change” in the legal profession to address the pervasive issue of sexual harassment. Mr Hayne stated his belief that the toxic culture is deterring people from entering the profession. He expressed the view that Australia should follow the UK and suspend perpetrators of sexual harassment for a year. His comments were made at the Australian Bar Association conference that occurred in Melbourne on 29 April. He made a strong stance, saying that sexual harassment, “is the perpetrator’s fault. It is the perpetrator’s shame.”

Union Locked in Battle With University Of Tasmania Over Gender Affirmation Leave

The National Tertiary Education Union has presented a petition with thousands of signatures to fight for Gender Affirmation Leave to be implemented at universities. The petition specifically demands that the University of Tasmania treat trans and gender diverse staff better. The proposal is that Gender Affirmation Leave will be available for up to 30 days yearly. The University of Tasmania rejected the claim, saying its 10 days of special leave for all staff is sufficient.

NSW Police Officer Faces Sex Abuse Charges

A police officer in NSW has been charged over sex abuse offences in the workplace. He is due to face court in June 2022 after an investigation by the Professional Standards Command. The offences are said to have happened between 2019 and 2020. The charges include sexual touching and three counts of common assault. The police officer’s employment status is currently under review.

Netball Australia Condemn At ‘Cruel’ Bullying of Under-Fire Star Kate Walsh’s Defensive Efforts

Netball Australia has come out in support of Sunshine Coast Lightning player Kate Walsh. Netball Australia, Sunshine Coast, and Walsh released a joint statement on 29 April condemning ‘bullying’ that Walsh had received on social media. The CEO of Netball Australia reminded people in the statement that Kate Walsh is a human being and did not deserve to be subjected “to this type of cruel behaviour.” Netball Australia has committed to taking appropriate action against the people online that can be identified.