Australian of the year's stony face sparks row on social media
The Guardian|January 26, 2022
A sexual assault survivor who sparked a national conversation about the treatment of women and sexual assault in Australia has found herself at the centre of another fiery debate over expectations on women to smile in public.
Cait Kelly Melbourne Caitlin Cassidy Sydney

Grace Tame won last year’s Australian of the year prize after her advocacy was instrumental in overturning a Tasmanian law preventing survivors from speaking publicly about their assault.

The 27-year-old met Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, and his wife, Jenny, yesterday at an event for the 2022 Australian of the year finalists in Canberra. The Morrisons grinned broadly for the media while Tame and her fiance, Max Heerey, appeared impassive. The photo opportunity quickly went viral on social media, where Tame drew praise and condemnation.

The political commentator Peter van Onselen wrote in the Australian that Tame had been “ungracious, rude and childish”.

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