#MeToo heats up Bendigo Town Hall for Talking Justice

L-R: Kate Wright, Van Badham, Moira Rayner

On a chilly night in mid May, Talking Justice returned to Bendigo with Van Badham, Kate Wright and Moira Rayner. Our three expert panellists trained their collective experience and wisdom on the #MeToo movement.

They were asked to consider if some commentators’ concerns regarding due process and the presumption of innocence were valid. And how might the rights of the accused be balanced with accountability, change and the need to create a safe environment for women to share their stories.

Van Badham is a writer, commentator, activist, occasional broadcaster, theatremaker and one of Australia’s most controversial public intellectuals. In addition to a weekly column for Guardian Australia, her work has appeared in The Age, Australian Cosmopolitan, Daily Life, Southerly, Women’s Agenda, Britain’s Daily Telegraph and in anthologies for UQP, Hardie Grant and Monash University Press.

Kate Wright is CEO of the Loddon Campaspe Centre Against Sexual Assault. She has extensive experience in social policy in government and with community across a wide range of portfolios including housing, alcohol and other drugs, place management and gender equity.

Moira Rayner is a (employer-related) self-employed workplace lawyer and investigator who is, in her own words, ‘sometimes remembered by the elderly as the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity for Victoria who was “made redundant” by the Kennett government after she encouraged the public outrage that prevented him from moving women prisoners into Jika prison to save money.’

More than 200 people packed into Bendigo Town Hall to hear our speakers, to ask questions and to consider the role of justice in the context of the #MeToo movement. John McPherson, a local lawyer and long-time Loddon Campaspe CLC volunteer, moderated the evening’s discussions.

We were particularly pleased this year to partner with the Goldfield Library in bringing Talking Justice to Bendigo, and thank them for their enthusiastic support.

The event was live streamed via our Facebook page. Video from the night is also available on our YouTube channel.

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