The Parenthood Executive Director Georgie Dent says the prime minister and minister for women’s “no show” at Monday’s 'March 4 Justice' rally was “emblematic” of the government’s response to gendered violence.
“I think the no show was incredibly disappointing,” she told Sky News.
“I think the no show was quite emblematic really of the response that we’ve had from the federal government since … the story of Brittany Higgins’ allegations were first published and broadcast.
“It hasn’t seemed that the government has taken those complaints seriously.
“The fact that the minster for women and the prime minister made the decision not to attend yesterday and still have sought to justify that really unfortunately underscores the reason we all marched”.
Ms Dent said the offer for a private meeting was not satisfactory because it would have given the prime minister the ability to think the issue was dealt with.
“The delegation that the prime minister desperately needed to hear from was the march,” she said.
“It was the speakers on stage yesterday, that was who the prime minister and the minister for women needed to hear from.”