Widespread offending shows harassment law reform needed

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The shocking allegations levelled against former high court justice Dyson Heydon has focused attention on sexual harassment in the legal profession.

But the problem is much wider, with 72 per cent of Australians reporting having faced sexual harassment in their lifetimes in a survey by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2018.

A former commission member and researcher says Australia’s system for dealing with sexual harassment claims relies too much on individual complaints and needs reform to deal with cultural problems.

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