My WilmsFront guest is Bettina Arndt AM to discuss the unravelling of MeToo2.0 in Australia.
As soon as Bettina Arndt was awarded her Medal of the Order of Australia award (AM) there was a campaign to lobby the Order of Australia Council to rescind it. They claimed her interview with Nicolaas Bester the teacher of Grace Tame who was jailed for having an affair with her was sympathizing with a sex offender. A motion was passed condemning Arndt for praise quoting a police officer investigating Rowan Baxter’s murder-suicide that they were “keeping an open mind and awaiting proper evidence, including the possibility that the Rowan Baxter might have been driven too far”.
MeToo2.0 launched in Australia in February 2021 when Brittany Higgins claimed she was raped inside Parliament House. It was clear the goal was to paint the then-Morrison Government as sexist. The subsequent Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces Report actually showed that many men who responded complained about being bullied by women.
2023 saw the unravelling of MeToo2.0 with the ACT DDP Shane Drumgold deciding not to retry Bruce Lehrmann after a mistrial and the Walter Sofronoff Inquiry revealing that Australian Federal Police did not believe there was enough evidence to charge Lehremann. Despite this, the new Albanese Government awarded Brittany Higgins $3 million AUD in compensation.
We also discuss recent changes in Australian law that disadvantage men such as affirmative consent laws, coercive control laws and the continued abuse of the Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) system which can lock men out of their homes and ban them from seeing their children instantly.