Grace Tame responds to formal apology to victims of harassment and bullying ahead of Press Club address

Former Australian of the Year Grace Tame has criticised the apologies and acknowledgments made in Parliament today ahead of tomorrow’s address at the National Press Club with Brittany Higgins.

The prime minister addressed Parliament on its first day of the year and apologised to anyone who had been harrassed, bullied, or abused – and promised to implement the 28 recommendations from Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins’ review.

Ms Higgins, who came forward with rape allegations nearly a year ago, sat in the public gallery alongside Rachelle Miller, Josie Coles, Chelsey Potter, and Chanel Contos, who were all guests of Independent MP Zali Steggall.

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Brittany Higgins, who came forward with allegations of being raped in Parliament House, watched the apology from the public gallery. (9News)

“How about some proactive, preventative measures and not just these performative, last-minute bandaid electioneering stunts?” Ms Tame wrote on Twitter.

Ms Higgins’ partner also shared a photo of the women sitting in the gallery today, and said: “A powerful reminder that these women were last-minute invites. That Brittany Higgins was a last-minute invite.”

Tomorrow, Ms Tame and Ms Higgins will give a joint address to the National Press Club in Canberra – speaking about the power of survivors’ stories.

Grace Tame looks at Prime Minister Scott Morrison as he smiles for a photograph ahead of a morning tea for 2021 Australian of the Year awards winners. (Alex Ellinghausen)

Mr Morrison has said he will not attend.

“I don’t get the opportunity to listen to all these speeches, but I’ll certainly ensure I am aware of what they’ve said,” the prime minister said.

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