It's been a huge start to the week with tens of thousands of people gathering at 40 rallies across the nation to call for an end to gendered violence in the face of two separate alleged rape scandals plaguing the federal government.
Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins made a powerful speech at the Canberra March 4 Justice rally, saying she spoke out about being allegedly raped in Defence Minister Linda Reynolds' ministerial office "because I felt it was the only thing that I could do to say that I didn't co-sign this behaviour".
March organiser Janine Hendry refused an invitation from Prime Minister Scott Morrison for a rally delegation to meet him in his office, after he declined to leave Parliament House to meet the marchers outside.
We have already come to the front door, now it’s up to the Government to cross the threshold and come to us. We will not be meeting behind closed doors.— 💧Janine Hendry (@janine_hendry) March 14, 2021
In COVID-19 news today, genomic testing has revealed the Sydney security guard who tested positive has the highly contagious UK strain of the virus.
The 47-year-old guard, who was diagnosed on Sunday, worked at the Sydney Sofitel on March 6 where the infected traveller had stayed on the 11th floor.
Genomic testing has also given clarity on the virus cluster in Brisbane, with cases in two guests staying in separate rooms of the Hotel Grand Chancellor and a doctor who later treated one of them in the Princess Alexandra Hospital, all being linked.
Things are looking a little more positive down south after Victoria reached its 17th day without a community transmission of coronavirus.
While the nation's vaccine rollout has reached northern Tasmania with Launceston General Hospital nurse unit manager Robyn Hayes rolling up her sleeve to receive the Pfizer jab.
It was also a big day for musicians around the globe as the 63rd annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles.
The event had been significantly scaled back due to COVID-19, but the awards still flowed and the show was packed with performances by big names such as Lipa, Swift and DaBaby.
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