Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to attend Monday’s March 4 Justice in person but has offered to meet organisers in person.
Over 75,000 people are expected to attend the marches across Australia on Monday to protest the way the government has handled both the Brittany Higgins allegations, and the allegations against Attorney-General Christian Porter.
Porter has continually and vehemently denied the allegations and PEDESTRIAN.TV is not alleging that he is guilty.
March 4 Justice organiser Janine Hendry has confirmed that organisers will not be meeting with the PM in private.
“We have already come to the front door, now it’s up to the Government to cross the threshold and come to us. We will not be meeting behind closed doors,” she tweeted on Monday morning.
We have already come to the front door, now it’s up to the Government to cross the threshold and come to us. We will not be meeting behind closed doors.— ????Janine Hendry (@janine_hendry) March 14, 2021
Hendry told news.com.au on Sunday that she was unsure if she would attend the private meeting.
“I have written to him and I asked him to stand with us and march with us and that offer still stands,’’ she told news.com.au.
“I really need more information before I decide if I do choose to go with the meeting, who I will take with me.”
In addition to Morrison, Michael McCormack and Marise Payne have both declined to attend the march, with MP Bridget Archer being the only Liberal woman to confirm her attendance.
“I have pledged to do more to address violence against women. It is time for change – as a parliamentarian I want women to know – I hear you, I see you, I am listening to you,” she said.
Meanwhile, Federal Labour MP Andrew Leigh has confirmed that his office will be closed on Monday to allow staff to attend the march if they wish.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will also attend the march alongside a number of other Labour MPs.
If you’re interested in joining the marches across Australia, the details are listed below.
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Canberra: Parliament House, Upper Federation Mall, grassed area opp. main public entrance to Parliament House at 12pm
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
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
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
Adelaide: Victoria Square starting at 12pm
Darwin: Raintree Park – Knuckey St end of Smith St Mall at 12pm
Alice Springs: Court Lawns at 1pm
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
Hobart: Parliament House lawn at 12pm