Marie Claire Australia



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women and of men have experience­d sexual harassment at work. In the past

women and of men have experience­d sexual harassment at work.

are more likely than those in other age groups to have experience­d sexual harassment at work. made a formal report or complaint about workplace sexual harassment. Almost people who did were labelled a troublemak­er were ostracised, victimised or ignored by colleagues or resigned culture, which became known as the

Set the Standard report.

Under immense pressure, the government finally delivered its response to the Respect@Work report in April, saying it accepted in full, in part or in principle 46 of the 55 recommenda­tions. The other nine were “noted for further considerat­ion”.

Despite this, when the bill passed in September, the government opted to legislate just six of the 55 recommenda­tions, most notably not committing to the “positive duty” on employers to prevent sexual harassment from happening.

Isn’t this what women had risen up, spoken out and fought for? “It’s devastatin­g to see an opportunit­y for positive change be denied for all the working women in this country,” Higgins said. “Cultural change comes from the top down. If the leadership of this country takes the issue seriously it’s more likely to be taken seriously by businesses across the country.”

Palmieri says, “This government has been very good at accepting that there is a problem, but then doing the bare minimum to effect change. If we really want to see the kind of cultural change that this avalanche of evidence has called for, then we have to go much further.”


Write to the Prime Minister and your local federal member and urge the government to adopt the full list of recommenda­tions outlined in both the Respect@Work and Set the Standard reports. Make your voice heard.

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