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‘The AFL’s got it wrong’: Neil Mitchell was NOT expecting this response

The NRL’s top adviser on gender issues says the AFL has got it wrong on the league’s executive sex scandal.

In an interview that took a different direction to what Neil Mitchell anticipated, Catharine Lumby told 3AW Mornings that whether it’s “love or lust”, workplace relationships were inevitable and shouldn’t be meddled with if they remained respectful.

“If (the women) have got no complaints about the way they were treated, I actually disagree with the AFL’s actions,” she said.

“I don’t think we can start legislating or putting protocols in place about people falling in love or lust in the workplace, because then we’re starting to say that your whole life is your profession.”

Neil Mitchell: Does the infidelity change anything?

Ms Lumby: Oh, for goodness sake’s that’s no one’s business except if you’re religious, then it’s God’s business.

“I think the only time we need to be concerned is if someone who’s powerful – and it’s usually a man – has sex, gets sick of the person, and then uses their power and brings in the heavies and their powers to get rid of the person.

“With sexual behaviour, what I’m concerned about is safe and consensual.”

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