Mike Hosking: Who wins when sexual harassment investigations don't find anything?

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Wed, 14 Apr 2021, 4:45PM
Mediaworks has been investigating sexual harassment claims at their radio stations. (Photo / File)
Mediaworks has been investigating sexual harassment claims at their radio stations. (Photo / File)

Mike Hosking: Who wins when sexual harassment investigations don't find anything?

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Wed, 14 Apr 2021, 4:45PM

This is the danger of the modern workforce. It’s the danger of a mood, it’s the danger of an age and it's the danger of letting feelings dictate fact and emotion override common sense.

MediaWorks have been investigating sexual misconduct at one of their radio stations. It was announced yesterday they have found none.

Cue the outrage. But what else were they expecting?

Scott Morrison must be feeling the same way. In his case, there was seemingly an illegal act involving Brittany Higgins. But what came out of that was a volcano of fury over other behaviours. Not behaviours of any illegality necessarily, but behaviour that some found beyond the pale, and as such the Prime Minister was somehow expected to sort it.

He's changing some rules. It probably won't work and when it doesn’t I'm not sure what his next trick is.

But in the MediaWorks scenario, for whatever reason nothing has been found. So those who were demanding answer - retribution, a hanging - get nothing. So they are furious.

And those who were put through a very public investigation, get nothing either.

That’s a lot of suspicion and finger-pointing for nothing.

Which leads you to ask the question - was an investigation ever really necessary? On what grounds was it launched, were they secure enough grounds to believe something would be found? Or was it a fishing expedition to adhere to the age, and the mood of the age.

Does it not leave questions around the quality of the investigation? Those who wanted scalps are asking what sort of investigation was it, and was it a white wash?

Not forgetting, of course, that the investigation was at the behest of a CEO who had arrived at the company five minutes before.

There is still an outside investigation going on, so more to come. And we have had at least one resignation and a person vanish from the billboards before it even started.

But what a dangerous time we live in, eh?

If everyone is to be treated fairly and the same, an investigation where suspicion runs rampant - only to come up with zero - is the worst possible outcome, surely. The outcome where everyone feels either cheated or done-over, or the participant in an exercise started for potentially the wrong reasons.

Who is the winner here - and exactly what got resolved?