Jenny’s rights fight

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AUS­TRALIAN mu­sic leg­end

JENNY MOR­RIS says young men should be taught how to be­have at rock gigs.

Mor­ris’ com­ments fol­low rev­e­la­tions ear­lier this year that she was once sex­u­ally as­saulted at a show. It also comes at a time when headline acts are call­ing out anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, es­pe­cially against women, at events.

Mor­ris (right), who is now chair­woman of Aus­tralasian Per­form­ing Rights As­so­ci­a­tion, told Con­fi­den­tial: “We have to teach boys, from year dot, about the rights and safety of girls and women. Boys should be made aware that: (a) girls are the same as boys, just with dif­fer­ent para­pher­na­lia; (b) they are en­ti­tled to re­spect; and (c) we are not pieces of meat.

“All of those cliches are only cliches be­cause they still hap­pen. We’ve got to pip this be­hav­iour at the post. Ed­u­ca­tion will al­ways be the most pow­er­ful tool.”

Mor­ris at­tended the 2017 Screen Mu­sic Awards at the Mel­bourne Recital Cen­tre ear­lier this week.

She has been a tire­less cam­paigner for both APRA and the life-chang­ing work of Nord­off-Robbins Mu­sic Ther­apy, her day job since her singing ca­reer was halted by the rare neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion, spas­modic dys­pho­nia, which af­fects the voice.

Mor­ris is a for­mer mem­ber of The Croc­o­diles and sang back­ing vo­cals on INXS al­bum, The Swing. Her solo hits in­clude She Has to Be Loved and Break in the Weather. In 2010, she re­ceived the Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia.

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