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Australian of the Year Grace Tame AGAIN lashes out at Scott Morrison as she accuses him of ‘gaslighting victim-survivors’

  • Australian of the Year Grace Tame claims she’s being snubbed by the Prime Minister’s office
  • Scott Morrison’s Assistant Secretary Ben Morton disputed Mrs Tame .’s version
  • Dispute over whether Tame is involved in the National Child Abuse Prevention Plan
  • At age 15, she was raped by her pedophile math teacher, who was convicted










Grace Tame has accused Scott Morrison and his office of being “disingenuous and misleading” and of being “cautious” in their response to her claims that she was rejected over a major government plan to fight child sexual abuse.

Ms. Tame, a known sexual abuse survivor, claims she was “blinded” when asked by ABC News 24 on Oct. 22 what the National Child Sex Abuse Prevention Strategy would say because she was not asked to to help build it.

“Surely we humans deserve politicians standing above the gaslight of victim survivors?” She tweeted in her last broadside addressed to the Prime Minister.

Since becoming Australian of the Year in January, the 26-year-old, who was raped as a teenager by her school teacher, has been a fierce activist for fellow sexual assault survivors and critic of the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and 2021 Australian of the Year winner Grace Tame at the 2021 Australian of the Year award ceremony at the National Arboretum in Canberra

“Surely we humans deserve politicians standing above the gaslight of victim survivors?” She tweeted in her latest broadside addressed to the PM

How Grace and the Prime Minister fell apart

January 25 Scott Morrison announces Grace Tame, an outspoken advocate for sexual assault survivors, as Australian of the Year. He hands her the award at the National Arboretum in Canberra.

February 17 – Ms Tame offers public support to ex-Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins, who was allegedly raped in the Canberra parliament building.

30 March – Ms Tame criticized the appointment of Amanda Stoker, the new Assistant Secretary of State for Commonwealth Women, for her support of a human rights activist. In the same position, she accused Mr Morrison of being “ignorant of the cultural issues at stake or” [perpetuating them].’

May 24 – Ms Tame told the Betoota attorney that Mr Morrison made a blunt remark onstage when he gave her the Australian of the Year ceremony, which was ‘gosh, I bet it felt good to bring that out?’ Mr Morrison confirmed this.

In August and September – Ms Tame criticized Christian Porter’s temporary promotion and the handling of his resignation. He was charged with rape, he denies charges.

October 25 – Ms Tame accuses Ben Morton, Assistant Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, of being ‘dishonest and misleading’ and of being ‘cautious’ with her claims that she was not invited to assist in the drafting of the national strategy to prevent sexual abuse abuse of children.

On Friday, ABC host Ros Childs asked Ms. Tame what would be in the influential plan, assuming she was involved.

A visibly embarrassed Ms. Tame admitted live to a national audience that she was not involved in formulating the strategy.

But when the matter was brought before Mr Morrison in the Federal Parliament, he asked Ben Morton, the minister assisting the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, to answer.

Mr. Morton had detailed strategy meetings and discussions with Ms. Tame in March, May and June.

On Friday, the office of Mr Morrison sent Daily Mail Australia an email listing those dates and meetings.

But Ms Tame reacted strongly to Mr Morton’s comments, dissecting his claims into a long thread of 10 tweets.

“On Friday I was really taken aback,” she clarified.

“Just to be clear, last Friday 22/10 I was asked if I had been involved in the strategy development live on the air. I did not have.

‘I have not written, seen or approved any official documents. They didn’t proactively engage me. To suggest otherwise is unfair and misleading.

Ben concluded his response today by saying that ‘victim survivors deserve to be above politics’. A defense of ours? Or a veiled threat?

Surely we the people deserve politicians who are above the gaslight of victim survivors.

‘[Mr Morton’s answer] at the same time, the government made it look like it valued my input very highly and seemed uncooperative to me.’

Ms Tame claimed that at least two of the meetings Mr Morton referred to were not ‘formal strategy consultation/drafting’ sessions.

A “meeting,” she said, was basically an “informal introduction” to Rebekah Kilpatrick of the National Office of Child Safety over breakfast.

Minister assisting the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ben Morton contradicted Grace Tame's claim that she was not invited to assist in drafting the National Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Plan

Minister assisting the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ben Morton contradicted Grace Tame’s claim that she was not invited to assist in drafting the National Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Plan

Another was a phone call with Mr Morton “to discuss the budget figures already set, and my goals for law reform.”

When the indigenous organization The Healing Foundation sought Ms. Tame’s contribution, she was told by a “government-funded source” that her involvement did not match.

At another meeting in June, Ms Tame said Mr Morton and Ms Kilpatrick met her and her partner where ‘we discussed my hopes for specific legislative reforms. We looked at a table of legal definitions.”

What Scott Morrison’s office said about the Grace Tame snub

Australian of the Year and abuse survivor Grace Tame claimed she was not invited to help draft the forthcoming national strategy to prevent child sexual abuse.

When Daily Mail Australia presented this to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet, we got a timeline of her involvement. Below are the PMC claims with Grace Tame’s memories.

3 March – Meeting with Grace Head of National Office of Child Safety (NOCS) for a briefing on the work of NOCS, including the development of the national strategy.

Grace Tame said, “I was informally introduced to Rebekah Kilpatrick of the National Office of Child Safety at a cafe while eating bacon and eggs.”

13 May – Telephone conversation between Grace and Secretary Morton about the first measures for the National Strategy announced in the May budget. Notified by e-mail about the development of the strategy to Grace.

Ms Tame said: ‘Morton called me to discuss the budget figures that had already been set, and my goals for law reform. [not] a formal Strategy meeting/draft.’

may 27th – On behalf of NOCS, The Healing Foundation has issued an invitation for a workshop for victim survivors and their advocates regarding the ultimate development of the National Strategy. A follow-up was sent on 3 June. Invitation, no participation.

Ms. Tame claims that The Healing Foundation was told by a “government-funded source” that her involvement was not “aligned”.

14th of June – Meeting Grace with Minister Morton and head of NOCS in Hobart to discuss the development of the national strategy and national definitions of consent.

Mrs. Tame says she and her partner met Ben Morton and Rebekah Kilpatrick in Hobart. They discussed “my hopes for specific legal reforms.” We have looked at a table of legal definitions [not] a formal Strategy meeting/draft.’

October 20 – NOCS has issued an invitation for the launch of the National Strategy. This has not yet happened.

Source: Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet/Grace Tame Twitter

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