Except he was then criticised all over the country for it. The government took time to speak out against him (it helps that John Howard was appealing to the anti-Muslim crowds in general, but it just so happens that this time he was right to speak out against "one of those crazy Arab Muslim ethnic guys that Georgie says we shouldn't like!"), his speech was put in the headlines, with much ridicule and disgust, other members of the faith distanced themselves from him (although it is sad that there were a number who agreed with him) and the Christian religions sighed a breath of relief that someone else was in trouble for once. They even had a chance to effectively say "get with the times, you ignorant, sexist fool." which isn't something they often get to do.
So at least he didn't get away with that. There was more or less condemnation from everyone.
Still... if "wearing short skirts" is asking to be raped, then is "possessing a television" asking to have it stolen? Would "not wearing a bullet-proof vest" really just be a way of asking to be shot? It's really quite stupid, but at least they're slowly figuring these things out.
I don't think that wearing a short skirt is asking to be raped, no more than I think that owning a car is asking to have it stolen.
If you leave the top down on your convertible with the keys in the ignition as you go for a thirty mile hike in the middle of NYC, you are asking to get it stolen.
If a woman goes out to a bar, gets drunk, tells the guy what she wants, he acts on it, takes her back to his place, and in the heat of the moment she decides no, she doesn't want it. The guy should stop. It would be like, coming back to your car while the thief was about to drive away. If, however, she doesn't tell him no, doesn't make any attempt to tell him no, and just thinks no, how was he supposed to know?
I've seen cases of men getting convicted of Rape because of the trauma that a woman was put through because she didn't want to have sex, but never said anything as to that fact. As a guy, and not a mind reader, especially being into the things I am into, if you don't make it explicitly clear to me that you don't want something, usually through the words No, Don't, or Stop (just not all three in that order), How am I supposed to know that isn't what you wanted?
I've personally been accused of rape once. We had set up safe words prior to anything. I thought it was just play in the heat of the moment. Luckily for me, nothing was ever said to the police, just my family, which was hard enough to deal with. Turned out she was just trying to top from the bottom and get beat for making me angry. Instead, she got dropped.