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In this Fiona Katauskas cartoon, Scott Morrison is in his office on the phone. 'What to do, Jenny? If only there was some kind of a sign.' Outside the window protestors hold up signs reading, 'Believe victims' 'Make workplaces safe!' 'Stop jailing Indigenous women' 'Hold abusers to account' 'Stop gendered violence'

 

 

Fiona KatauskasFiona Katauskas' work has also appeared in ABC's The Drum, New Matilda, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review and Scribe's Best Australian political cartoon anthologies.

Topic tags: Fiona Katauskas, Scott Morrison, March4Justice, feminism

 

 

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'Believe victims': Establishing criteria for how to believe an assertion of criminality, a belief in things unseen when they happened, is more than asking for faith, a belief in things unseen. Justice demands that the assertion must be believed beyond a reasonable doubt while faith, for the most part, is belief on the balance of probability. Perhaps you can demand faith but can you demand certainty?


roy chen yee | 16 March 2021  

Justice doesn’t demand anything to be ‘believed beyond reasonable doubt’. There is a difference between a legal system and a justice system. Our adversarial legal system uses that criteria but it doesn’t mean that it gets at the truth. An inquisitorial system, like our coronial inquests and royal commissions, is more likely to arrive at the truth and therefore at a just conclusion than our criminal legal system which is deliberately loaded in favour of the accused. And a conclusion based on the balance of probabilities comes from a careful weighing of the evidence. It has nothing to do with ‘faith’ which, if I remember correctly, is ‘the substance of things hoped for, the presence of things unseen’.


Ginger Meggs | 17 March 2021  

"Scotty look at moiii...I've got one word to say to you #ENOUGH". Thank you anonymous poster-wielder.


Pam | 18 March 2021  

Ginger Meggs, there are three things wrong with your post but why don't you look at ‘Justice doesn’t demand anything to be ‘believed beyond reasonable doubt’.' And keep looking.


roy chen yee | 19 March 2021  

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