Our thanks to John, an Australian MRA, for this:
Bettina Arndt is under siege in Australia. She’s been under relentless attack from the day her honour was announced for “gender equity through advocacy for men,” with feminists recruiting high profile Australians to ask for her award to be rescinded. The mainstream media piled in, publishing endless misinformation designed to damage her reputation, including claims she had misrepresented her qualifications.
Bettina has posted on her website the good news that AHPRA, the health practitioner regulator, is taking no action in response to the orchestrated campaign by End Rape on Campus activist, Nina Funnell, who claimed she was misrepresenting her qualifications. See Arndt’s recent post here and coverage from a local newspaper. She’s very keen this information is widely circulated.
The other recent development was a letter from the chairman of the Council which decides the honours awards, stating that their consideration of any decision about her award must follow their set procedures and “be based on factual information and not by external pressure or lobbying.” Contrary to media reports, no special review of her award has been announced and the Council is simply following normal procedures in this matter. They are clearly fed up with the constant lobbying from feminists lobbying for them to rob her of the honour.
Finally, Bettina’s followers were pleased to see that finally some key media personalities have had the courage to stand up to the mob. First there was Alan Jones on Sky News and then came a stirring performance from Rowan Dean on the Sky News programme, The Outsiders. They both addressed the recent craven act by the Australian Senate which has just voted to condemn Bettina, supporting a deceptive motion about her tweet calling for support for a policeman who was under fire for suggesting the need for an open mind regarding a horrific homicide/suicide case. The link to the video of Rowan Dean’s editorial, which Bettina is keen to see widely circulated, is here.
Note how Dean initially makes a strenuous effort to distance himself from Arndt’s comments. Media bosses are apparently requiring commentators to condemn Arndt’s remarks before commenting on the free speech issues – to try to appease the activists who are constantly lobbying to persuade advertisers to withdraw their support from any programme which challenges the woke orthodoxy. Funnily enough, Katie Hopkins appeared on the programme after Arndt and was greeted by a similar “distancing” remark from the hosts. She tore into Dean for his failure to stand up to the mob. Fair enough, but there’s been a stream of Sky News hosts who have already lost jobs over saying the wrong thing and offending the woke crowd. All very tricky.
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