Australian of the Year Grace Tame has slammed the Prime Minister for insensitive comments made to her following her impassioned speech, adding she also questioned the appropriateness of the new Assistant Minister for Women.
Ms Tame criticised Scott Morrison in a Betoota Advocate podcast released on Monday morning for comments the Prime Minister allegedly made to her in January after she accepted her Australian of the Year award.
"Do you know what he said to me right after I finished that speech and we're in front of a wall of media?" Ms Tame said of Mr Morrison.
"I shit you not, he leant over and right in my ear he goes 'Well, gee, I bet it felt good to get that out.'"
Mr Morrison later used question time to tell Parliament he couldn't remember his exact words to Ms Tame but did not understand why the words were being being criticised.
"I can't recall the exact words I used, Mr Speaker, but I wouldn't question that in any way shape or form, what Grace Tame has said. That is roughly my recollection," Mr Morrison said in response on Monday afternoon.
"That is exactly what I meant when I said that to her on that occasion. It was a very proud moment for her and her great struggle and challenge over a long period of time and what she did on that occasion was speak with a very strong voice about what had occurred to her, Mr Speaker.
"I think in raising her voice in that way, it would have been great to so many victims of sexual assault and harassment around the country. That is exactly what I meant, Mr Speaker. Exactly what I meant. I don't know why some other meaning may have been put upon those words, Mr Speaker."
Later in the podcast, Ms Tame also added she'd had a run-in with the Assistant Minister for Women, Senator Amanda Stoker.
Ms Tame said she didn't agree with Senator Stoker's decision to defend a commentator who gave her abuser a platform.
Senator Stoker said she had reached out to her but Ms Tame said it had been via an Instagram direct message she had not seen.
Ms Tame added she didn't think Senator Stoker was the right person for the job.
"It's not that I don't want to sit down and put differences aside in necessary cases and work with people but I believe that paedophilia is an absolute wrong, right? And if you don't absolutely oppose it, you therefore condone it," Ms Tame said.
"[Senator Stoker has] aligned herself with this person who's enabled that sort of culture and so I just, I don't think that she's the adequate person for the job."
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