Australia to Tackle Workplace Sexual Harassment Amid Backlash


Prime Minister Scott Morrison vowed to tackle workplace sexual harassment in Australia, seeking to ease a backlash against his government over its handling of sexual assault allegations in parliament.

Morrison said Thursday the government would adopt all 55 recommendations of a landmark report by Kate Jenkins, the nation’s sex discrimination commissioner.

Australia to Tackle Workplace Sexual Harassment Amid Backlash

“This is a culture we have to change across our society,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra. “Each and every one of us, individually, have a responsibility for our own behaviors and our own actions.”

Poll ratings for Morrison’s conservative government have fallen amid criticism of its handling of rape allegations in parliament and lack of progress in addressing sexual harassment and gender inequality. Tens of thousands of protesters have taken part in rallies across the nation demanding greater female representation in parliament and tougher action against sexual violence and discrimination.

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