Actor Eryn Jean Norvill has told a Sydney court that actor Geoffrey Rush groped her onstage during a rehearsal of King Lear. Giving evidence at the Federal Court on Tuesday, Norvill Norvill said Rush groped her breast and hip during a preview performance in 2015. Norvill said Rush’s behaviour “couldn’t have been an accident”, and that she “felt belittled and embarrassed and I guess ashamed” by it. Norvill recounted another rehearsal where she opened her eyes while playing dead to find “Geoffrey ... kneeling over me and he had both of his hands above my torso and he was gesturing stroking up and down my torso and gesturing groping or cupping above my breasts”.
South Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has revealed she was pressured by party members to relinquish her place on the Senate ballot paper after becoming pregnant. In a speech to the Women in Leadership summit in Adelaide today, Hanson-Young will recount her entry into politics in 2007, when “a group inside one of the local branches tried to have my preselection ruled invalid on the basis I was now pregnant”. Hanson-Young will also speak on a culture of sexist bullying and harassment in parliament, including “some members of parliament [who] would taunt me with names of men they imply I’ve had sex with”.
Former Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler has been preselected as the Labor candidate for Bennelong at the next federal election. Owler, who headed the AMA between 2014 and 2016, said he decided to run because “when it comes to policies like energy, like climate change, it is Labor that has the responsible policies for the future”. Owler was a prominent critic of Australia’s offshore detention regime and then-health minister Peter Dutton’s proposal for a $7 GP visit co-payment. Owler will face high-profile member for Bennelong, John Alexander, who defeated former ABC broadcaster Maxine McKew to reclaim the seat for the Liberals in 2010 and saw off a byelection challenge earlier this year from former NSW premier Kristina Keneally.
And young Australians are giving up drinking alcohol at a much higher rate than the rest of the population, according to a new study. The report, published in the Alcohol and Alcoholism journal, found that “a steady increase in the number of Australians reporting recently ceasing drinking from 2001 to 2013”, and that adults aged between 24 and 29 reduced their drinking more than any other group in society. Lead author and researcher Amy Pennay told BuzzFeed Australia that young people were likely drinking less due to economic and social reasons, and that more people were “finding a way to enjoy their leisure time without drinking”.