Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has revealed she was assaulted during a function at state parliament. The senior Sunshine State politician told Queensland parliament on Wednesday afternoon that she was groped during a conference two years ago while serving as Attorney-General. Last week, Ms. D’Ath was the first Queensland politician to reveal she was abused as a teen, inspiring a wave of similar stories among her parliamentary colleagues. Her bravery to speak up was widely applauded, but the health minister said she had since been subjected to horrific abuse online on Wednesday.
Reactions to her story included disgusting remarks such as being labeled a “waste of space”, a “super ugly bottle blonde”, and that the men who forced themselves on her must have been “desperate. Other comments focused on the assaults taking place more than three decades ago. These are just some of the comments,” Ms. D’Ath said in parliament.
They wonder why women won’t speak up – this is appalling behavior.
If they want something current, well, how about two years ago as the Attorney-General, I was groped by an international judge at a conference in this parliament?
This is still happening today, and it has to stop.
Ms. D’Ath’s story was one of a chorus of impassioned speeches during an emotional afternoon in Queensland parliament. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk moved a particular motion on Wednesday to address and discuss the horrific revelations of sexual assault in recent weeks from federal and state parliaments, workplaces, schools, and public places. Dozens of MPs from across the political spectrum rose over a two-hour session to demand change.
The notice of motion I’ve moved in this house today is about highlighting the importance of equality and justice for women,” the premier told parliament. It is about condemning harassment and the assault of women across Queensland and supporting all women across Queensland and their right to be safe in their home, workplace, and community.