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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.



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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