CONTENT WARNING: This story discusses rape.

Attorney-General Christian Porter’s ex-wife attended Sunday’s Women’s March 4 Justice in Perth, an event that was sparked as a result of the allegations against him.

Porter has continuously and vehemently denied the allegations and he has not been charged with any wrongdoing in regards to the historical rape claims against him.

Lucy Gunn, Porter’s first wife, was spotted in the crowd at Sunday’s event to demand justice for women after both the allegations against Porter and the allegations put forward by former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins.

Earlier this year, Christian Porter was accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in 1988, when he was 17 years old.

Gunn did not speak publicly at the event and is yet to comment on the allegations against her ex-husband.

Porter and Gunn married in the early 2000s, but eventually got divorced. He then went on to marry former colleague Jennifer Negus, with whom he separated in early 2020.

March 4 Justice rallies will take place across the country on Monday, with over 75,000 people expected to attend.

The key demands of the march include:

  • Investigate gendered violence within parliament
  • Stand down politicians who perpetrate violence
  • Implement recommendations of Australian Human Rights Commission’s Respect@Work report
  • Ratify Convention on Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the World of Work
  • Strengthen Sex Discrimination Act so parliamentarians and judges are held to account for sexual harassment and discrimination
  • Create a code of conduct for federal MPs that includes prevention of gendered violence
  • Mandate annual gendered violence and sexual harassment training for federal MPs and their staff
  • Enact a Federal Gender Equality Act and conduct a national gender equity audit of all parliaments
  • Lift public funding for gendered violence prevention from one per cent to world’s best practice standards of nine to 12 per cent of the federal budget
  • Ensure all Australian parliaments are gender-equal by 2030

Help is available.

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about sexual violence, please call the 1800 Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.

MARCHES:

ACT:

Canberra: Parliament House, Upper Federation Mall, grassed area opp. main public entrance to Parliament House at 12pm

NSW:

Sydney: Sydney Town Hall at 12pm

Albury: QE2 Square – 546 Dean St Albury at 12pm

Armidale: Mall Stage – Beardy st, near cnr Faulkner st & Post Office at 12pm

Bega: Kisses Lagoon at 12pm

Bellingen: Maam Gaduying Meeting Place Park at 11am

Byron: Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall at 12pm

Coffs Harbour: City Square – Coffs Harbour at 12pm (TBC)

Iluka: Country Women’s Association at 12pm

Lismore: Pride Corner – next to Lismore Transit Centre at 12pm

Newcastle: Civic Park – King st, Newcastle at 12pm

Nowra: Jellbean park, Egans Lane at 2pm

Taree: Fotheringham Park at 12pm

Wagga Wagga: King George Gardens – Ovens St at 12pm

VIC:

Melbourne: The State Library, 328 Swanston Street at 12pm

Ballarat: Alfred Deakin Place, Camp st, Ballarat at 12pm

Bendigo: View Point / Rosalind Park piazza Bendigo at 12pm

Geelong: Geelong Trades Hall -127 Myers St Geelong at 5.30pm

Rosebud: Rosebud Pier at 12pm

Torquay: Front Beach Torquay at 8am

Wangaratta: King George Gardens – Ovens St at 12pm

Warrnambool:Civic Green, Cnr Liebig & Timor St, Warrnambool – Circle of Solidarity, not a march at 12pm

Wodonga: Workers Memorial Rock, Sumsion Gardens, Church St Wodonga at 6pm

QLD:

Brisbane: King George Square at 12pm

Bundaberg: Bundaberg Courthouse, 44 Quay St at 4.30pm

Cairns: Fogarty Park – The Esplanade on 14 March at 4pm

Sunshine Coast: Cotton Tree Park, The Esplanade, opp. Second Avenue at 4pm

Toowoomba: Cnr of Margaret & Hume St (in Queens Park) at 12pm

Townsville: Illich Park, Aittkenvale, next/opposite to The Women’s Centre at 118 Charles Street at 3.30pm

SA:

Adelaide: Victoria Square starting at 12pm

NT:

Darwin: Raintree Park – Knuckey St end of Smith St Mall at 12pm

Alice Springs: Court Lawns at 1pm

WA:

Perth: Starting at Forrest Place in the city centre from 11am on 14 March

Bunbury: Anzac Park (in front of Library) Bunbury CBD at 1pm

TAS:

Hobart: Parliament House lawn at 12pm