Sunday, 14 December 2014


Uber should not be allowed to operate in Victoria or Australia.  It is not a safe option for women.  Any predator could be operating one of the unlicensed cars.  The CASAs have the occasional report of a sexual assault by a reputable taxi firm's driver.  In these situations we have, if the victim has chosen not to report to the Police, a way of bringing it to the attention of the driver's employer.What happens if it was an Uber driver?

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Zac Webster

Zac Webster is a recent recruit to the 2014 premiership winners Hawthorn.  He has been banned from the club from two pre season practice games for being convicted of filming women engaging in sex acts without their consent.  His penalty in Tasmania was a fine and 140 hours of community service.  Mr Webster initially omitted to mention his charges when being interviewed by Hawthorn.  This raises two issues.  One why would they want someone in the club who has lied to them right at the start. Secondly if he thinks this is reasonable behaviour at this stage in his career how is he likely to behave when he becomes rich and famous as an AFL player?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Universities shelve sexual assault survey

Australia's universities and residential colleges have shelved a plan to collect and share data about sexual assaults on campus.  This idea came out of the 2011 review into the treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy led by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick. It is a lost opportunity.  Whilst some colleges and universities run educational programs for staff and students others do have such programs.  It would be really useful to have an agreement about what should be provided on campuses to deal with sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Boko Haram

The 219 Nigerian school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have now been missing for seven months.  We can only guess at how many of them have been raped, forced into "marriage" with older men and are pregnant. It seems outrageous that in 2014 over two hundred girls can just disappear and their government and the global community does not seem to be capable of taking action to return them to their families. Children deserve protection from abduction and sexual assault worldwide not just in developed nations.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Independent Review of Compensation Arrangements Under The Melbourne Response

The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart has appointed a retired Federal Court Judge, The Hon Donnell Ryan QC to conduct and independent review of  the processes available under the Melbourne Response for compensating victims of sexual abuse by priests, lay persons and religious under the control  of the Melbourne Archdiocese.