Time to listen and act - Speech, House of Representatives


In more than 40 events across Australia today, tens of thousands of women gathered to call for independent investigations into gendered violence, full implementation of the 2020 Respect@Work report, additional funding for gendered violence prevention and a federal gender equality law.

Outside this building, more than 5000 people rallied. Some Canberrans shared their stories and their frustrations with my staff and myself.

These are their words.

From Cath,

“I was assaulted, and I was not anywhere I shouldn’t have been. I’m here because it’s time.”

From Robyn,

“Enough is enough, and it’s been enough for a very long time.”

From Therese,

“Having to console a 19-year-old girl who has been raped that her outfit had nothing to do with what happened to her shouldn’t be needed. Politicians need to respectfully listen and engage. They need to respect, meet us halfway.”

From Joan,

“I’m just profoundly sad and very angry, that a lot is happening still and for the silence of our federal government.”

And from Beth,

“I’m 11 and I’ve had enough of harassment. I’m really angry with harassment. We have to let women be safe.”

For all those who marched today, thank you. It’s time we in this building listened and acted.


Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.

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