Still No Sex Discrimination Commissioner As Turnbull Fails On Briggs Behaviour

Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to leave the position of  Sex Discrimination Commissioner empty for more than four months is nothing short of disgraceful.

THE HON. MARK DREYFUS QC, MP

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS

MEMBER FOR ISAACS

 

 

STILL NO SEX DISCRIMINATION COMMISSIONER AS TURNBULL FAILS ON BRIGGS BEHAVIOUR

 

Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to leave the position of  Sex Discrimination Commissioner empty for more than four months is nothing short of disgraceful.

 

It shows that Malcolm Turnbull says one thing about tackling discrimination against women and does the exact opposite.

 

Former Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick left the position on 3 September 2015.  The Government was aware for an entire year previously that she would be leaving.

 

For more than four months, women suffering discrimination - in the workplace or elsewhere - have had no advocate.  That’s unacceptable.

 

On 1 October last year, Attorney-General George Brandis said an announcement on the position “will be made shortly”.

 

In November, Brandis told the Senate that he was “delighted to be able to tell you that an announcement will be made very soon.”

 

It is now January 2016. 

 

It’s clear this isn’t a priority for Mr Turnbull or the Liberal Government - and that is a disgrace for women everywhere.

 

Mr Turnbull’s lack of action on filling this position is matched by his abysmal failure to show leadership on the Briggs/Dutton debacle.

 

He’s still refusing to condemn the disgraceful behaviour of Jamie Briggs in taking the photo of this female public servant and sending it around. 

 

His refusal to have an investigation into which MP breached the female public servant’s privacy by leaking the photo shows the lengths the Prime Minister will go to sweep this under the carpet. 

 

It’s all very well to talk about tackling discrimination against women and stronger Ministerial standards – this farce shows Malcolm Turnbull is failing on both those fronts. 

 

WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016