Anne Summers, who has worn many hats during her career – journalist, editor, activist, senior public servant, and prime ministerial advisor – is concerned about the slow progress in Australia in addressing sexual harassment and assault.
“I don’t know what it is that is holding [MeToo] back here,” Summers tells The Conversation. She believes there should be more naming of perpetrators, with the proviso that “obviously it’s got to be justified, obviously you don’t do it rashly and without and very credible evidence”.
“I don’t see why you can’t name somebody who has been shown to have abused his position like that,” she said.
Summers, who’s long campaigned on the issue of violence against women, declares “a forensic approach is urgent”. “I worry some of the research is not really problem-solving and focusing on how to end violence. It’s seeking more to understand the impact – and I think we already know the impact.”
Michelle Grattan does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.