Grace Tame slams the PM for promoting Amanda Stoker to Assistant Minister for Women, accusing her of undermining survivors of sexual assault.
Australian Of The Year, Grace Tame, has blasted PM Scott Morrison for elevating Liberal Senator, Amanda Stoker and told Kerry O’Brien why this decision in the front-bench reshuffle kerfuffle is, to put it lightly, not ideal.
Speaking at Griffith University, Tame accused senator Stoker of endorsing a “fake rape” crisis tour and drew attention to Stoker’s “deeply flawed” university disciplinary procedures for men accused of sexual assault.
“The new Assistant Minister for Women is someone who previously endorsed a ‘fake rape crisis’ tour, aimed at falsifying instances of sexual abuse on school and university campuses across Australia,’’ said Tame.
“It goes without saying that this came at an immeasurable cost to already traumatised student survivors”.
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Tame also pointed out that Stoker has been associated with men’s rights campaigner, Bettina Arndt, whose views ‘arndt’ too crash hot.
Tame said that Stoker supported last year’s Australia Day Honour of Arndt, “a woman who gave a platform to the convicted paedophile who abused me”.
In the video Tame is referring to, Arndt interviews Tame’s rapist, Nicolaas Bester, after his release from jail and sympathises that school girls “exploit their seductive powers to ruin the lives of men,” labelling them as “sexually provocative”.
Just for the record, #MadAsHell ‘s Draymella Burt first appeared in 2013 and Amanda Stoker did not enter parliament until 2018. If anything, the Senator has based her character on ours. pic.twitter.com/UcjFGIiqfF
— Shaun Micallef (@shaunmicallef) March 30, 2021
The Sydney Morning Herald reminded readers that Stoker also supported Arndt when she argued that universities are becoming increasingly unsafe for men (rather than women) “because they risked false accusations.”
Stoker also added that university disciplinary procedures “do not afford men access to legal representation and the rule of law and can ruin men’s lives”.
Amanda Stoker as Assistant Women’s Minister . Would that be the Amanda Stoker that denigrates Trans people and is anti abortion ? A minister so far removed from women’s issues it’s past ridiculous . Does the PM have a shred of self awareness ?
— Phillip Riley (@philmupp1) March 30, 2021
Oh yeah, Stoker is also pro-life and has previously championed a petition titled “stand up to the transgender agenda”. Oh, dear.
Senator Stokes has responded to Tame’s comments in a statement, saying: “Ms Tame’s comments are passionate but not informed and they do not correspond with my longer history of work in this area, of which Ms Tame must be unaware.”
“I’ve spent my career as a prosecutor and barrister working for justice for women and children who are victims of sexual crimes and unconscionable exploitation,” said Stoker.
“I hope that she and I can work together to advance our many shared goals.”
We’ll just leave this here.
Last June, Amanda Stoker slammed QLD Opposition Leader @DebFrecklington for weakening her position by “playing the gender card” when she defended her popularity within the LNP.
She’s now the Assistant Minister for Women.
— Tegan George (@tegangeorge) March 29, 2021
Tame had this to say about PM Scott Morrison and his decision to appoint Stoker to the role of Assistant Minister for Women:
“In light of these facts, either the Prime Minister is ignorant of the cultural issues at hand, or he understands them completely, and is making calculated moves to perpetuate them,’’ Tame said.
“If the latter is true, then what we are seeing is further abuse of power, masterfully disguised as progress, the very same psychological manipulation at the heart of these recently exposed evils.”
Australian of the Year Grace Tame blasts the recent cabinet changes as “calculated distractions” and accuses new assistant minister for women Amanda Stoker of supporting a “fake rape” campaign on campuses @SBSNews pic.twitter.com/ujh72HKIJJ
— Rashida Yosufzai (@Rashidajourno) March 30, 2021
On Instagram, Tame concluded that despite the ill-advised appointment of Senator Stoker, she remains hopeful.
— 💥Dr💥 Julia Baird (@bairdjulia) March 30, 2021
Petition for Prime Minister Tame, anyone?