Today, Extra host David Campbell has criticized Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s response to sexual assault in Australian politics.
The 47-year-old singer and TV host, who spoke exclusively for Daily Mail Australia at the Hamilton premiere on Saturday, was unimpressed by the beleaguered politician’s speech about sexual misconduct last week.
“I think if you have to get empathy training, if you have to get ministers to get empathy training, there is something intrinsically wrong with the system and maybe we should vote other people,” said the father of three.
Angry: Today Extra host David Campbell has criticized Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s response to sexual assault in Australian politics. Seen here Saturday with wife Lisa Hewitt
He cited several instances where Liberal Party ministers – including Morrison himself – were enrolled in “empathy courses.”
When asked if the fact that he was the father of a daughter informed his negative reaction to Morrison’s speech, Campbell was adamant that it had nothing to do.
‘It causes anger in me as a human being. I don’t get angry about it as a father, ”said the Medal of the Order of Australia recipient.
‘I just think equality matters. Representation is important. And we now see why it matters. ‘
Not Sold: The 47-year-old singer and TV host was unimpressed by the beleaguered politician’s speech, exclusive to Daily Mail Australia at Hamilton’s Saturday premiere
Father: When asked if he was the father of a daughter who informed his negative reaction to Morrison’s speech, Campbell was adamant it had nothing to do
“There is now a bill in parliament, and it had to be done,” Campbell concluded.
The Adelaide resident is father to son Leo, 10, and twins Betty and Billy, six, with wife Lisa Hewitt.
Monday has the prime minister unveiled his new cabinet after he was forced to make changes with two ministers on sick leave and the government was engulfed in scandals stemming from the treatment of women.
Attorney General Christian Porter and Secretary of Defense Linda Reynolds have both been stripped of their current portfolios and demoted – but remain in cabinet.
Besieged: On Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison [pictured] unveiled his new cabinet after he was forced to make changes with two ministers on sick leave and the government was engulfed in scandals
Mr. Porter took mental health leave after revealing that he was the person accused in the media of a historic rape in 1988, which he firmly denies.
Senator Reynolds, who is also on sick leave, recently came under heavy fire for her handling of Brittany Higgins’ 2019 rape allegations.
Last week, Morrison was condemned by members of his own party as “off the feet” for his extraordinary speech about women and sexual assault.
During Tuesday’s emotional speech, the politician swallowed his tears as he pledged to improve women’s lives and end unequal treatment, especially when it came to harassment.
The speech was in response to Liberal Party staff sharing lewd photos of sex acts in the parliament building just weeks after Brittany Higgins claimed she had been raped by a fellow employee.
He even came close to tears, sharing how his wife Jenny, two young daughters, and the widowed mother motivate him every day to improve treatment for women.
Road: Attorney General Christian Porter [L] and Secretary of Defense Linda Reynolds [R] have both been stripped of their current portfolios and downgraded – but remain in cabinet
But the emotional speech did not capture the hearts of millions of women in Australia and even some MPs in his own party who believe he “doesn’t get it.”
NSW MP Catherine Cusack was particularly outraged, ripping her party’s federal leader into an extraordinary series of tweets.
Dear Prime Minister, I am not your wife / mother / daughter. I’m a female Liberal Member of Parliament, ”Ms Cusack said Tuesday evening.
‘I know you love family like me – and it’s okay, but you clearly don’t understand our political experiences.
Please talk to your female MPs. If they feel safe, they will tell you! ‘
Ms. Cusack denounced Mr. Morrison for his lack of understanding of the political experiences of women, many of whom have experienced detailed sexual harassment in recent days.
In agreement, but the emotional speech did not capture the hearts of millions of women in Australia and even some MPs in his own party who believe he “doesn’t get it.” Campbell seen here on the Today Extra set