STATEMENT BY CATHERINE MARRIOTT

STATEMENT BY CATHERINE MARRIOTT

7 September 2018

“I was informed yesterday afternoon by email that after an eight month investigation, the NSW National Party of Australia has been unable to make a determination about my complaint of sexual harassment against the former leader of that Party, Barnaby Joyce, due to insufficient evidence.

This is despite the investigation finding I was “forthright, believable, open and genuinely upset” by the incident.  The result of this investigation has underpinned what is wrong with the process and the absolute dire need for change. This outcome simply isn’t good enough.

I’m extremely disappointed that after eight months of waiting, three trips to the east coast at my own expense to meet with the Party, my name and confidential complaint being leaked to the national media, and my personal and professional life being upended, the National Party have reached a ‘no conclusion’ verdict.

While dismayed at the finding, I am not surprised as the Party never had the external processes in place to deal with a complaint of sexual harassment by a Member of Parliament. My complaint was handled internally by NSW National Party Executive with no professional external expert bought in at any stage to handle the matter.

The only positive to come from this harrowing experience has been the development of a much improved policy by the Party that I volunteered to contribute towards and strongly encouraged the development of.

In my initial statement following the leaking of my name I said this was about seeking acknowledgment by the National Party that it needs to reform the way these types of complaints are managed.  I feel heartened that this has been achieved and people who find themselves in similar situations to me in the future will have a robust policy in place to assist them.

While it has come at enormous personal expense, I was not prepared to walk past this kind of behaviour any longer. I am pleased I stood up for what I believed was right and I’m proud I found the courage to make a difference for other people who want to create influence through political circles in future.

Media contact:

Nicole Moody – 0407 401 077 / nicole@huntercomms.com.au

 

 REGIONAL WOMEN TO LEAD THE WAY

With a commitment to build the capacity of women in the regions, the Rural, Regional, Remote Women’s Network of Western Australia (RRR Network) is delighted to announced that it has partnered with the Curtin Business School Executive Education team to develop a range of opportunities for WA women. The first of these being a Regional Leadership Masterclass, to be delivered at the Muresk Institute in Northam in the 10th to 12th October 2018.

The RRR Network knows that the women in Western Australia value learning but that distance and isolation can be a barrier to accessing quality education programs. When the RRR Network launched on online survey focusing on this topic earlier in the year, 81% of respondents stated they were considering undertaking some form of personal or professional development, training or further study, within the next 2 years. And the top 3 areas of learning identified were Leadership, Effective Communication, and Influencing Decision Makers.

The dynamic residential program will be delivered by Professor Julia Richardson, Deputy Head of the School of Management at Curtin University. This two-day Regional Leadership Masterclass has been specifically designed for WA rural and regional women, in consultation with the RRR Network.  The opportunity to deliver the high-calibre program at the Muresk Institute in regional WA has been an added bonus elevate the quality of experiences available regionally.

Participants will also have the chance to hear from well-known agricultural events and PR consultant Esther Jones (nee Price) who will lead a communications workshop, as well as a from a range of recognised regional leaders including Wongan Hills farmer and Chair of Country Arts WA Sue Middleton, MLA Director Erin Gorter, and Northam-based brand and communications strategist Anna Dixon.

RRR Network CEO Jackie Jarvis said “We are really excited to be working with the Curtin Business School and the Muresk Institute, and to have the ability deliver a program in regional WA.    It is clear that WA women want to lead positive change in their industries and their communities. To be able to deliver a Leadership program designed by and for WA regional women is something we think will have a positive impact on regional WA for many years to come.”

Registrations now open, with a limit of 20 places available – https://www.rrrnetwork.com.au/leadership-in-the-regions/

 CONTACT:           Jackie Jarvis Phone 0417 998 755;  CEO – The RRR Network

RRR Network Magazine Winter Edition

Your copy of the 2018 WINTER Edition of the RRR Network Magazine is now available FREE online HERE

Hard copies of this edition can be purchased HERE.

Register to receive future editions FREE in hard copy (posted to any WA address); or delivered electronically every quarter. Simply register HERE.

 

 

Membership Applications closing soon

Membership Applications closing 30th June 2018 

As a free subscriber to the  RRR Women’s Network of WA you will continue to receive our quarterly magazine for FREE.

You now have the opportunity to upgrade from a free subscriber to a full financial member of the RRR network – but applications close 30th June 2018

As a Member you will have 

  • Have full voting rights at our Annual General Meeeting (AGM)
  • Have the opportunity to nominate for board positions
  • Have the opportunity to nominate for the magazine editorial committee
  • Be invited to attend the AGM on 20th August 2018
  • Have full voting rights to elect incoming board members
  • Be invited to a FREE pre-AGM afternoon tea event
  • Be invited to a FREE post AGM networking sundowner
  • Receive an invitation to a Members only dinner event in Perth on 20th August 2018, with the RRR network board.
  • Have the opportunity to  provide input into strategic direction via member surveys.

Membership is $220 per year and if you join before June 2018 you will be invited to nominate for board positions in July 2018. 

The year ahead

The RRR Network has secured funding to continue to  deliver our well-loved magazine, as well as embark on some amazing personal and professional development programs for our subscribers and members.  All members will have the opportunity to access these programs at a discounted  rate,

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Autumn Reader Giveaway

Our Autumn Edition of the RRR Network Magazine featured a great reader’s competition.  Simply send us a photo of yourself in your region or town for a chance to win 1 of 4 copies of the latest novel from Fiona Palmer.

SECRETS BETWEEN FRIENDS is a poignant novel of romance, family dynamics and friendship. Through her highly relatable, sympathetic characters, beloved Australian storyteller Fiona Palmer writes about issues, experiences and emotions we have all faced while posing the ultimate question: What is really important in this life?

Enter HERE – and remember to have your photo ready to upload 

RRR Network Magazine Autumn Edition

Your copy of the 2018 Autumn Edition of the RRR Network Magazine is now available FREE online HERE

Hard copies of this edition can be purchased HERE.

Register to receive future editions FREE in hard copy (posted to any WA address); or delivered electronically every quarter. Simply register HERE.

 

 

Media Statement 9 March 2018

STATEMENT from the Rural, Regional, Remote Women’s Network of Western Australia 

The Rural, Regional, Remote Women’s Network of Western Australia (RRR Network) is WA’s pre-eminent communication network for inspiring & connecting regional women; championing their role in our communities & advocating on their behalf.  This role extends to supporting and promoting the former and current participants of the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award (RWA).

Current CEO Jackie Jarvis and RRR Network Board Member Sue Middleton are both former winners of the WA Rural Women’s Award.  Catherine Marriott is also a former winner WA Rural Women’s Award and a former reference group member of the RRR Network.

In early February a media story appeared that linked the Rural Women’s Award (RWA) to a sexual harassment incident dating back to 2011. The Board of the RRR Network were concerned to support women who may have been caught up in media attention that this story invoked.

The Board also discussed the rumours and stories concerning the Rural Women’s Awards that had circulated amongst rural women involved, for a number of years. The RRR Network CEO Jackie Jarvis herself was aware of rumours relating to sexual harassment incidents at Rural Women’s Award events in Canberra.   Jackie has never seen or experienced any form of sexual harassment at any Rural Women’s Award event but was aware of these rumours as early as 2014.

The RRR  Network decided action needed to be taken and on the 13th February 2018, the RRR Network CEO contacted a Director of AgriFutures Australia (AgriFutures) urging the organisation to undertake an investigation; in view of the damage these  rumours could cause to the women involved and to the profile of the Awards

CEO Jackie Jarvis also hosted a private teleconference, on the 20th February 2018, with of a small number of former RWA participants from across Australia.  It was agreed that Jackie would take on a coordination role for future discussions with AgriFutures.

When on the 22nd February 2018 the media reported that an unnamed WA woman had made a complaint against Barnaby Joyce, and, as Jackie Jarvis was advised in confidence of the identity of the women and the connection to the Rural Women’s Awards, Jackie sent an email to former WA and Interstate RWA winners warning that the media may contact them.  Many of the women were contacted by the media and were upset and unprepared for the attention.

Further to the initial contact, CEO Jackie Jarvis has spoken to the AgriFutures CEO to discuss what processes could be put in place if past or future RWA participants wished to report any incidents of inappropriate behaviour as a result of being involved in the RWA.  The discussions have been positive and are ongoing.

The Board of the RRR Network wants to be clear that currently the RRR Network has no formal mechanism for receiving or dealing with complaints of sexual harassment.  The RRR Network has not sought or held any meetings with the WA National Party.  If any RRR Network board member has met with members of the WA National Party they were not representing the RRR Network.

The RRR Network is committed to supporting rural women who have been subjected to sexual harassment and are currently investigating what mechanisms are in place for Western Australian women to report such incidents.

The RRR Network is an incorporated not for profit entity that transitioned from a WA State Government Reference Group with the support of Royalties for Regions funding in late 2016.  Jackie Jarvis was appointed as the inaugural CEO in November 2017.

CONTACT:           Jackie Jarvis Phone 0417 998 755;  CEO – The RRR Network

Statement in response to derogatory comments made about women in farming

STATEMENT from the Rural, Regional, Remote Women’s Network of Western Australia

 The Rural, Regional, Remote Women’s Network of Western Australia (RRR Network) was thrilled to see that, on International Women’s Day, The West Australian Newspaper (via the Kalgoorlie Miner) published a story titled  “Tradie daughters follow fathers into their world of work” –  https://thewest.com.au/news/kalgoorlie-miner/tradie-daughters-follow-fathers-into-their-world-of-work-ng-b88763755z

We applaud the publication of this positive story coming for the WA regions.   The RRR Network is however deeply disappointed with the comments attributed to the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Esperance CCI) which, as quoted in the news article include: “Traditionally, Esperance has been difficult for young women to get a career in, because it is an agricultural background, you could either be a farmer’s wife or something like that,”

The Esperance region is one of Australian’s most successful farming communities.   The farm businesses in the region are innovative, progressive, successful and, most importantly, often managed as a family partnership.  CBH Group report that in 2017/18 the Esperance Zone achieved a record-breaking harvest with 2.83 million tonnes of grain delivered to them.  The Esperance CCI’s own website states that Esperance’s gross regional product is approximately $1.3 billion which is attributed to 28% agriculture; 13% mining; 8% tourism.

 The idea that the agriculture sector does not offer valuable, vibrant careers is simply wrong.  The idea that young women can only aspire to be a “farmer’s wife” if they choose to work in agriculture is highly offensive.  It is offensive to women and to the agriculture sector.

The Invisible Farmer project ( https://invisiblefarmer.net.au/ ) estimates that women produce at least 49% of real farm income in Australia and,  despite making up half the agricultural workforce in Australia, women are significantly under-represented and undervalued in positions of rural leadership and decision making.  The views attributed to the Esperance CCI highlight why.

CONTACT:           Jackie Jarvis;  CEO – The RRR Network    Phone 0417 998 755 

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Calling All Past RRR Network Reference Group members

We would love to reach out to all past RRR Network Reference Group members.  We have a list but we know that some of you have changed email addresses; and some of you have even changed your name!.

Please complete a very short survey HERE so we can connect again. 

 

REGIONAL EDUCATION BUDGET CUTS- Meeting with Minister Ellery. Your submissions sought

The RRR Network has a 21- year history of engaging with the WA State Govternment on matters that impact the lives of WA Women and their families. We are pleased that the Minister for Education the Hon Sue Ellery MLC has agreed to meet with the RRR Network board members at the end of January 2018.

 

Our engagement with Government is always on a bipartisan basis, and is respectful and solution-driven. We welcome submissions from all Rural, Regional and Remote WA Women (VIA EMAIL ONLY) to form the basis of our discussions with Minister Ellery.

Your submission should focus on solutions and can be sent in the form of a simple email. The following information has been provided and we ask that you read this prior to putting in a submission.

  • For children living in rural and remote parts of the State, education is currently delivered by six separate schools.
  • One is the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE) which started as the WA Correspondence School in 1918 and the other five are the Schools of the Air (SOTA), which started providing radio-based ‘air lessons’ from Meekatharra in 1959.
  • Each of the five SOTA sites currently have a separate Principal, as does SIDE. Each of the six schools also have a separate administration. They each provide education to home-based, geographically isolated students across WA.
  • Lessons are no longer provided via the radio or correspondence by the SOTA or SIDE – they all now use the same satellite technology web-conferencing. They each provide online access to courses and resources; each provide printed materials; each support students using email, telephone and direct one-on-one online communication.
  • They also all use the same technology to ensure students feel part of a class, where they can see their fellow students and hear their responses in real time.
  • What the SOTA do that is different to SIDE is in the sense of community that is built through a range of specific elements.    For example:
    • The annual camp (Muster) for Year 4 to 6 children at Lake Cooloongup Youth Camp in Baldivis.
    • Home visits so teachers visiting each child’s home gain an understanding about where the children live and make the learning program relevant for each child.
    • Mini-camps held in locations (stations) so neighbouring families can come together for a range of activities.  
    • Support for home tutors (usually mothers) through seminars to increase their knowledge about how best they can support their children’s learning.
  • These services can be incorporated into the new model, while saving on the costs associated with providing separate administrations and separate leadership positions.
  • Daily satellite lessons will continue to be provided by teachers using the same technology that is currently used. This model is already used by teachers at SIDE who deliver Japanese, Indonesian, French and Italian lessons to some children enrolled in the SOTAs.
  • Follow-ups will continue through email, telephone and direct one-on-one online communication.

If you would like to comment on the above, please do so in an email submission to admin@rrrnetwork.com.au by Monday 15th January 2018.