The #MeToo movement has been in headlines across the globe; how did the Dyson Heydon story land in your world? There was talk and allegations or complaints about him having engaged in inappropriate conduct towards his judge’s associates while he was a judge on the High Court and nothing came of it; it was just a few reports and it was difficult to stack up. Then we got wind that … there was going to be an investigation; that the High Court had taken these complaints from these women very seriously and they were going to launch a proper investigation with an independent person that they appointed. The High Court investigation undoubtedly … was the wind beneath our wings.
How was it that you and Kate McClymont ended up working on it together? Kate knew about (the allegations), I got a tip about (the allegations) … and Kate, because she’s a delightful and incredibly generous journalist, was like, “Let’s work on it together”. We figured that he probably had done this more widely and I also had a tip about him having to leave his professorship at Oxford University because of this kind of behaviour. So I pursued that. And we basically were working on it in tandem, pretty heavily for the last few months.
*This is an edited version of an extended interview. To watch the original Facebook Live interview hosted by Helen McCabe go to the Future Women – Members Only Facebook page and search: Jacqueline Maley