The VERY awkward moment divisive Australian of the Year Grace Tame met Scott Morrison after spending 2021 bagging the PM – and she can’t even bring herself to look him in the eye
- Australian of the Year Grace Tame couldn’t hide her contempt for Prime Minister
- The pair were reunited at an uncomfortable morning tea for this year’s finalists
- Tensions between the pair came to a head last year after her acceptance speech
- After unleashing fury over sex attacks, she says PM said: ‘Gee I bet that felt good’
Australian of the Year Grace Tame could not disguise her contempt for Prime Minister Scott Morrison when the pair reunited at the end of her year-long reign.
The left-leaning activist couldn’t even look the PM in the eye when they met at the AOTY morning tea for this year’s finalists at the Lodge in Canberra on Tuesday.
The awkwardly tense moment followed Ms Tame’s outrage at remarks whispered in her ear by the PM after she was awarded the prestigious title last year.
Australian of the Year Grace Tame (pictured right) could not disguise her contempt for Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) when the pair reunited at the end of her year-long reign
The left-leaning activist couldn’t even look the PM in the eye when they met at the AOTY morning tea at the Lodge in Canberra on Tuesday
The 27 year old was groomed and molested as a schoolgirl by one of her teachers and led a campaign for a change in the law to allow sex abuse survivors to speak out.
But when she gave a speech after being made Australian of the Year last January, she unleashed some of her anger over her experience but she was shocked by the PM’s reaction.
The Tasmanian later told a podcast: ‘Do you know what he said to me, right after I finished that speech and we’re in front of a wall of media?
‘I s*** you not, he leaned over and right in my ear he goes, ‘Well, gee, I bet it felt good to get that out’.’
Grace Tame (pictured second from right with fiance Max Heerey) looked underwhelmed as she stood alongside the PM and his wife Jenny (pictured left)
The awkwardly tense moment followed Ms Tame’s outrage at remarks whispered in her ear by the PM after she was awarded the prestigious title last year
When the pair cam face to face again on Tuesday along with this year’s finalists, Ms Tame looked reluctant to even shake hands with the PM and side-eyed him as the posed for pictures.
She looked under whelmed as she stood alongside the PM and his wife Jenny and barely responded when the PM said ‘Hello Grace.’
Ms Tame replied ‘G’day’ and said ‘Thank you’ when the PM went on to congratulate her on getting engaged to fiance Max Heerey at the weekend.
But she warmed to a comment from wife Jenny, smiling sat the PM’s wife before posing rigidly for the group picture and then walking off.
Grace Tame posed uncomfortably for the group picture before walking off (pictured)
In the 2021 acceptance speech, sh relived the horror of being groomed by her teacher while she was just 15 and the awful impact it had on her life.
But she was unable to speak out because of laws silencing sex assault victims, until she led a campaign to change the law.
She told the Australian of the Year audience last year: ‘I lost my virginity to a paedophile. I was 15, anorexic; he was 58, he was my teacher.’
‘For months he groomed me and then abused me almost every day. Before school, after school, in my uniform, on the floor. I didn’t know who I was.
‘Australia, we’ve come a long way but there’s still more work to do in a lot of areas.’
Her fury at the PM for his comments were later used by Labor to attack the PM in Question Time who admitted: ‘That is roughly my recollection.
‘That was a very brave statement, that is exactly what I meant when I said that to her on that occasion.’
Ms Tame also attacked the PM over the government’s handling of the investigation into the alleged rape of a political staffer in a parliamentary office.
The PM said the case resonated with him as the father of two daughters.
‘Jenny and I spoke last night and she said to me, “You have to think about this as a father. What would you want to happen if it were our girls?” Mr Morrison said at the time.
‘Jenny has a way of clarifying things. Always has. And so, as I’ve reflected on that overnight and listened to [the alleged victim] and what she had to say.’
Ms Tame blasted the PM for saying it required children to ‘have a conscience’, and added: ‘Actually, on top of that, having children doesn’t guarantee a conscience.’
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