A photo of an awkward interaction between 2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame and Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Canberra has gone viral on social media.
Ms Tame, an advocate for sexual assault survivors, attended the 2022 Australian of the Year Finalists Morning Tea at The Lodge in Canberra on Tuesday morning with her fiancé, Max Heerey.
And her discomfort at being in the presence of Mr Morrison has not gone unnoticed by social media users.
In a video, Mr Morrison is heard congratulating Ms Tame on her recent engagement to Mr Heerey as she appears to reluctantly shake his hand.
Although she offers a tight smile towards the prime minister before posing for a photo next to Mr Morrison and his wife, Jenny, her body language looks uncomfortable.
Ms Tame has criticised the prime minister over his handling of issues surrounding the treatment of women in the past, speaking out about his comments following Brittany Higgins' sexual assault allegations.
She responded to a comment Mr Morrison had made saying he spoke to Jenny who helped him understand the seriousness of sexual assault allegations.
"Jenny and I spoke last night and she said to me, ‘You have to think about this as a father. What would you want to happen if it were our girls?’” Mr Morrison had said.
“Jenny has a way of clarifying things. Always has. And so... I’ve reflected on that overnight and listened to Brittany and what she had to say.”
In response to his comments, Ms Tame said: "It shouldn't take having children to have a conscience.
"And actually, on top of that, having children doesn't guarantee a conscience."
In a podcast with satirical news outlet The Betoota Advocate, she revealed what the prime minister said to her after her powerful speech on Australia Day in 2021.
“Do you know what he said to me, right after I finished that speech and we’re in front of a wall of media?” Ms Tame said.
“I sh*t you not, he leant over and right in my ear he goes, ‘Well, gee, I bet it felt good to get that out’.”
Social media reacts to Grace Tame pictures
The photos of Ms Tame and Mr Morrison's interaction took social media by storm, with users expressing their great delight over them.
"With that look Grace Tame is all of us. Well done young lady, you’ve done a great job," one user wrote.
"If looks could kill," another said.
"I saw the still photo and thought that could have been just a moment – but this video.... the loathing is palpable," a third person observed.
"Priceless," one comment added.
Others labelled the move as "childish".
"She might loathe him as the PM but the least she could do was show a bit of respect for the moment," one Twitter user said.
"Been a supporter of Grace Tame. But this behaviour was rather childish," another agreed.
Earlier in the day, Ms Tame had tweeted an image expressing her lack of enthusiasm for being in the nation's capital.
"Me after two whole days in the capital," she wrote, along with an image that said: “On second thoughts let’s not go to Canberra. It’s a silly place."
Ms Tame was awarded Australian of the Year in 2021 for her advocacy for sexual assault survivors, resulting in the overturning of Tasmanian laws preventing survivors from speaking out.
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