LAYING to rest the widely held belief that Canberra’s political and media elites live in a glistening ego-bubble, they emoted yesterday about the rights, harassment and bodily autonomy of workers at Parliament House. Is a sarcasm tag necessary? As hundreds of thousands of people continue to be blackmailed and bullied into taking a ‘vaccine’ that is illegal to force on them, the Miss Marple of Sex Discrimination, Kate Jenkins, tabled a report on nebulous infamies supposedly committed by parliament’s officer class against long-suffering women. I have no brief to defend politicians or their batmen who may have been helping themselves to pretty staffers as ravenously as they help themselves to everything else. Compared to the harassment and consent-trashing perpetrated by vaxxer maximalists, however, the capital’s latest melodrama is trivial.
Mrs Jenkins is a feminist culture warrior whose record as wrangler of quantitative reality is, to say the least, mixed. She eagerly endorsed a 2017 HRC report on harassment and assault on university campuses which was quickly demolished as fraudulent. Did she also use dodgy techniques to park a gender time-bomb on the desk of a Prime Minister already being assailed by a customary gotcha campaign on that subject? Yes and no.
The 2017 survey was debunked by expert reviewers on account of its laughable 10 percent response rate. Equally egregious were the criteria: unwanted leering and being bothered on a bus en route to university were handily classified as campus harassment. The HRC conjured the headline figure of 51 per cent; “More Than Half Australian students sexually harassed.” Coincidentally, the Jenkins report also found that “51 per cent of workers experienced at least one incident of bullying, sexual harassment or actual or attempted sexual assault.” For culture nudgers, less than half just won’t do – which is why feminists have been stuffing misdemeanours into equality polemics like pink batts into a bungalow for years.
A few lessons were learned from the 2017 debacle. Set The Standard received 1,723 contributions (written submissions, interviews, questionnaires). As a sample, that’s enough to be going on with but the survey catchment was sized to be as fecund as possible. The figures and percentages being discussed pertain to public servants, the Federal Police, electorate office staff, the media, caterers, security personnel and COMCAR workers. The veracity of the few submissions cited in the report is impossible to test but the bar for inclusion may not have been high. For example, under the sub-heading, Some participants shared their experiences (p.120), can be found this recollection: “I woke up the next morning naked in my bedroom in the hotel. I don’t know what happened.” If she doesn’t know what happened, neither does Kate Jenkins.
Am I being too cynical? No, I don’t think I am. The reason I described Scott Morrison as ridiculous for his Sunday sermon about evil trolls was not that I have any sympathy for curs who commit acts of psychic violence online – which I have never tolerated. His silence about such behaviour was the reason. I was thinking about those nameless government functionaries working to destroy Bernard Collaery and returned Afghanistan War servicemen. Likewise, Commissioner Jenkins’ endeavours are not risible because she condemns boorishness and worse in Canberra. They certainly are when she uses alleged victims to push a woke-leftist program of gender, race and sexuality quotas on an institution that doesn’t belong to either her or its coddled, transient employees. I’ll say this in her defence (but not his): at least she believes in something.