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Australia’s agents of change not the powerful but the victims – Sydney Morning Herald

The onus for changing toxic cultures should be on the people who lead them. Yet it took Brittany Higgins, not Scott Morrison, to force change in Canberra.

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Scott Morrison, on the other hand, is a powerful man in his 50s just like Eddie McGuire, or the headmasters of some of those schools. Why was the onus on the people who had suffered?
I have been thinking this past week of a long New Yorker article I read last year by the novelist Elif Batuman, who wrote of the connection between trauma and social movements. Societies tend to suppress trauma, partly because believing victims is hard work: perpetrators and beneficiaries ask only for our neutrality,…

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