TAKE THE PLEDGE: Hold Morrison accountable

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After weeks of inaction on allegations of rampant misogyny in his government, Scott Morrison just made a dismal attempt at addressing the problem: he shuffled his Cabinet.

His efforts to "shake up what needs to be shaken up"1 fall far short of the mark of leadership.

In spite of their centrality to separate allegations of sexual assault that have rocked Parliament, Christian Porter and Linda Reynolds have both retained powerful Cabinet positions.

Meanwhile, Morrison's appointment of Amanda Stoker — who once dismissed colleagues' accounts of sexist bullying as "pathetic"2 — as Assistant Minister for Women is senseless at best, deeply concerning at worst.

Without systemic change, the reshuffle is mere political theatre crafted to distract from Morrison's inaction. But as the Budget and Federal Election loom large, his wavering popularity means he's more vulnerable than ever to public criticism.

Right now, our people-powered movement has an opportunity to ensure Morrison faces a political penalty for his complicity in a culture that harms and degrades so many.

Will you sign the pledge and commit to keeping the pressure on Scott Morrison until he takes accountability for the shameful, harmful culture of misogyny that permeates his Parliament?
 
Sign the pledge! ❯

Over the past few weeks, Morrison has repeatedly shown that he doesn't understand — or doesn't want to understand — the gravity of the problem and the allegations coming out of Parliament.

Between refusing to publicly meet the organisers of the March4Justice3 and standing by disgraced Queensland MP Andrew Laming,4 his actions reflect a catastrophic failure to lead and take misogyny and gender injustice seriously.

Rather than taking responsibility for systemic moral failings within his own government, he's already started shifting blame for a deeply ingrained culture of misogyny onto social media platforms and big tech.5

We know Morrison is no stranger to political crises. He's endured several, including the Robodebt scandal and deserved criticism for his ill-timed holiday to Hawaii during last year's Black Summer bushfires.

With polls showing Morrison's popularity in freefall, a thousands-strong wave of opposition would send a clear message of defiance and ensure his usual tactic of disappearing under pressure won't work this time.

Take the pledge: show Morrison his abject failure to lead during this reckoning with parliamentary misogyny is one political storm he won't be able to ride out.

As past movements propelled by women, allies, feminists, LGBTQ activists, and other gender justice advocates have shown, progress is achievable if we all come together.

This moment calls on each of us to show courage and commitment in the face of a system that degrades and diminishes us, our loved ones, and our communities.

Whoever and wherever you are, it's time to answer that call.

In determination,

Chandi, Patricia, Tosca, and Oliver — for the GetUp team


References:

[1] PM promises 'women's filter' from his new cabinet, Financial Review, 29 March 2021.
[2] Liberal senator says bullying claims in Parliament are 'pathetic', The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 September 2018.
[3] Prime Minister Scott Morrison won't attend March 4 Justice but will meet with protest organisers 'in private', news.com.au, 14 March 2021.
[4] Wash, rinse, repeat: Morrison performs same ritual yet again over Laming scandal, news.com.au, 29 March 2021.
[5] Morrison prepares policy parade to win back women, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 March 2021.
 
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