Prime Minister Scott Morrison is planning a bold initiative in a bid to reverse what is being viewed even among his own ranks as his bungled efforts to address the political fallout from allegations of rape and sexual misconduct that have engulfed his government in the past month.
At a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra today Mr Morrison admitted he had been stung by allegations that he had a “tin ear” when it came to addressing complaints by women of sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination.
“I can tell you that I will soon be in a position to unveil a special task force comprised of three eminent international experts who will give me top-level advice on these issues,” Mr Morrison said.
He would not name the members of his proposed task force but was photographed outside his office with three unnamed men just moments before he spoke to the media. (main picture)
At the news conference Mr Morrison said his decision to step up his efforts to address allegations that he had failed to meet the expectations of women was prompted by a conversation with his wife Jenny.
“Jenny and I spoke last night,” he said, “and she said to me: ‘You have to try to think about this not as the useless, clueless, happy-clapping Christian-right dipshit wanker you are.’
“Jenny told me: ‘You need to point out that jizzing over a woman’s desk is not something that’s acceptable even by the low standards you’ve tolerated by members of your own government.’
“Jenny has a way of clarifying things. She always has,” Mr Morrison said.