Just received from the amazing Bettina Arndt:
Just a quick heads up to alert you to some interesting articles published today. If you have access to these online papers, it would be great if you could contribute to the comments sections.
Firstly Kate Legge has done an excellent job in the Australian Magazine describing in great detail the Sarah Jane Parkinson case, the subject of my YouTube video a few weeks ago when Parkinson was sent to jail for making false rape allegations. In that video I interviewed the victim, Dan Jones, about his ordeal. You will see the family are now going public, allowing their names to be used. Kate’s gripping story shows the full extent of the anti-male bias in our justice system and the horrific consequences for this family.
Some people have been very generous but disappointingly we haven’t even reached the initial goal of $5,000 at this point – a drop in the ocean compared to the $300,000 legal fees paid out by Dan’s parents, who re-mortgaged their home and spent their life savings to defend him. The Jones family finally managed to meet with the ACT Attorney General yesterday but we really need people to write to him to apply pressure for him to grant the family an ex gratia payment to compensate them for the costs in fighting Dan’s wrongful imprisonment. See here for details. If you are an Australian subscriber please keep promoting the crowd-funder and AG lobbying in the comments section.
I’ve been sweating on a big article just published today in Good Weekend, in Nine publications, formerly known as Fairfax. I had extensive contact with the writer, Tim Elliot, for weeks last year, as he pulled together his story on de-platforming and identity politics. Here is the headline:
‘The world is a safe space for white, heterosexual men, so why the f— can’t we have one space for ourselves?’
Identity politics. De-platforming. Safe spaces. Are students losing their opportunity to freely debate ideas? Or is that very notion a tiresome right-wing confection?
Well, guess who is quoted in that headline? None other than the infamous Maddy Ward, who was the major organiser of the violent Sydney protest against me. Remember the video I made showing her flashing her tits at the anti-abortion group? That gets a mention in the article which gives quite some attention to my fake rape crisis campus tour. Here is Elliot writing about Ward’s view of my tour.
‘Protesting the Fake Rape event was a no-brainer for her. “Arndt’s ideas on sexual assault are dangerous, and I didn’t want victims to be re-traumatised by them,” she tells me. In principle, she’s always up for a debate, “but that the name Fake Rape Crisis tour shows that Bettina is not interested in a discussion”. Ward had nonetheless wanted to hear what Arndt had to say, and had even bought tickets to the event. “But we couldn’t go in because Bettina’s people got rowdy and the police were called, so we went to the pub instead.” After the protest, Ward was sent rape threats and had to take herself off the electoral roll.
It is unfortunate that Elliot didn’t bother to correct Ward’s absurd suggestion that my audience were the ones who “got rowdy,” given that I had sent him videos of the appalling, violent behaviour of Ward and her protesters.
‘Exactly what the Fake Rape protest meant depends on who you talk to. Ward says it was a legitimate form of political activism. Arndt claims it was an attempt to silence her. Conservative commentators seized on it as further evidence that Australian universities had been taken hostage by the radical left.’
And here is Vice Chancellor Michael Spence claiming there was no problem with the riot squad being needed to protect me on his campus:
‘”This whole thing is a circus!” says University of Sydney vice-chancellor Michael Spence. “Nothing really happened at Bettina Arndt’s event. In the end, she had her lecture, the protesters had their protest. As far as I’m concerned, everyone has had their free speech. The problem,” Spence continues, “is not that speech on campus in Australia is not free. The problem is that free speech is not civil.”’
Don’t you love that? Nothing happened at Bettina Arndt’s event, says Spence who thinks it is just fine to rely on the riot squad to remove unruly students rather than enforce his own institution’s code of conduct. My complaint to the university about the action of key protesters like Maddy Ward has been investigated but we have no idea of the outcome of this confidential process. It is very frustrating and we are currently considering the next step. I certainly plan to be back on the Sydney University campus this year.
But there’s plenty in the article to be happy about and overall I am pleased the article will alert the left-wing press to what I have been doing over the past year. Amazingly the paper which carries Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, didn’t even publish a news report on the riot squad being called into Sydney University to protect me and my audience last year. Their bias is just extraordinary.
I have some great videos coming up soon. Watch this space.
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