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Hospitality Campaign Trivialises Sexual Harassment

Human Rights Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan should not trivialise sexual harassment by encouraging the reporting of frivolous complaints, ACT MP Penny Webster said today.

"The Commission's campaign of 'spoof' job advertisements is symptomatic of a culture where any innocent comment or action can be construed as sexual harassment.

"Sexual harassment is a very serious issue which should not be belittled by encouraging people to imagine sexual harassment where there is none.

"People like Rosslyn Noonan would have us believe that sexual harassment is an epidemic overtaking the nation. As a result, many young men and women will be encouraged to start imagining sexual harassment happening to them.

"Extreme feminism has had its day. It's time to bring back a balance - not all comments or all workplace ribbing are 'sexual harassment, as the politically correct brigade would have us believe. Common sense needs to prevail," Penny Webster said.


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