Extraordinary moment Australian of the year Grace Tame declares on ABC’s 7.30 that Christian Porter should NOT be promoted by the government – just because he was DAMAGED from rape
- Australian of the Year Grace Tame against Christian Porter’s Parliamentary Role
- Former Attorney General Replaces Peter Dutton as House Leader
- Mrs Tame, 26, likened him resuming his old role to hiring a babysitter under a cloud
- Mr Porter vehemently denied historic 1988 rape claims and was never charged
- He was demoted to chief law officer after he sued the ABC over an online story
Australian of the Year Grace Tame has likened the idea of temporarily promoting Minister Christian Porter to hiring a babysitter, even though he has never been charged with any crime.
The 26-year-old advocate for sexual assault survivors takes issue with the liberal front-bencher replacing Defense Secretary Peter Dutton as Head of Government of the House following a Covid scare in Brisbane.
Mr Porter, 51, was demoted from the prestigious position of Attorney General in March after friends of a dead woman accused him of raping her in January 1988 during a university intervarsity debate tournament in Sydney.
The Liberal minister from Perth was never charged with any criminal offense and vehemently denied the allegations.
A woman, who attended that debating tournament 33 years ago, spoke to New South Wales police last year but never made a complaint about Mr Porter.
In June 2020 she committed suicide.
Australian of the Year Grace Tame (pictured) has likened the idea of temporarily promoting Minister Christian Porter to hiring a babysitter, even though he has never been charged with any crime.
Despite this, Ms Tame likened Mr Porter, who temporarily resumed his old role as Leader of the House, during these two weeks of parliament in Canberra, to the idea of hiring a babysitter with a cloud over him.
“I also believe in the presumption of innocence, but the law is also the absolute minimum standard,” she told the ABC program at 7:30 a.m.
‘You can be a law-abiding citizen and also have outdated views and behave according to those outdated views.
Moreover, this is not just any position, this is a position of public trust, and if I personally chose someone for a position like this, or even said I would choose a nanny for my kids, if I, if I had the choice between an accused rapist and a whole host of other people who were not accused rapists, I would probably pick one of the uncharged rapists.’
ABC 7.30 fill-in Laura Tingle asked Ms. Tame to clarify her point, but did not respond to the claim that a person should be treated as if they were innocent until proven guilty.
“So your problem actually lies with the Prime Minister’s choice, not Christian Porter?”
The 26-year-old advocate for sexual assault survivors takes issue with the liberal frontbencher (pictured is Christian Porter in the House of Representatives) who is replacing Defense Secretary Peter Dutton as House Leader after a Covid scare in Brisbane.
Mrs. Tame replied, “That’s right. This is not about Christian Porter’s character; this is about the morality of our current leadership.’
Mr Porter was chairman of the House of Representatives from May 2019, after the elections, until March this year.
He had been a senior prosecutor before serving as Attorney General in both Western Australia and federally.
While Prime Minister Scott Morrison assisted Mr Porter, he demoted him from Attorney General to Secretary of State for Industry, Science and Technology on March 30, as his legal action against the ABC jeopardized his role as Australia’s Chief Law Officer.
While Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured with Grace Tame on January 25) was assisting Mr Porter, he demoted him from Attorney General to Minister of Industry, Science and Technology on March 30 as his legal action against the ABC disrupted his role as head of Australia. jeopardized law officer
Morrison’s secretary dropped his case against ABC on May 31 after reaching a settlement with the national broadcaster over a February 26 article written by Four Corners reporter Louise Milligan.
The ABC had to say it “regrets” the report “could be misinterpreted” as an allegation that Mr Porter has committed historic rape, which he has vehemently denied.
But it didn’t remove the article.
While Mr Porter withdrew his defamation lawsuit against the ABC, both the minister and the national broadcaster are incurring legal costs in the hundreds of thousands.
Since she was named Australian of the Year, Ms Tame has been a critic of Mr Morrison.
The Australian of the Year was raped by a teacher when she was 15 and used her experience to successfully challenge laws that had banned sexual survivors from speaking publicly about their experience before the Tasmanian Supreme Court.