One Nation’s policy, announced today, to allow visitation rights to fathers regardless of an emergency protection order, puts women and children’s safety at risk.
This policy is abhorrent. Why is One Nation ignoring Australia’s family violence crisis? Australians look to elected representatives to keep women and children safe, not recklessly expose them to the risk of violence and harm.
This policy is life-threatening.
Pauline Hanson has a woeful record in relation to violence against women and children.
In June 2016, the Townsville Bulletin reported on her comments as follows:
"We need a full overview of the child support system and the family law courts to find the answers (because) you know some (women) are going out there and claiming domestic violence because they're told 'I don't like the colour of your dress'," Ms Hanson said.
"They (women) are making frivolous complaints and it's time that our court system (is looked at) - especially for men who are the subject of domestic violence themselves.
"Men have nowhere to go - (domestic violence against males) is very widely spread.
"I want to sit down with these (male-focused) organisations, these groups, and give them a voice, because they feel like they're not being heard."
Townsville Bulletin – 10 June 2016
And in her recent first speech to Senate, when she returned to the Parliament, she said:
HANSON: Children are used as pawns in custody battles where women make frivolous claims and believe they have the sole right to the children.
Children have two parents and, until we treat mums and dads with the same courtesy and rights, we will continue to see murders due to sheer frustration and depression and mental illness caused by this unworkable system.
First Speech to Parliament – 14 September 2016
Violence against women is an epidemic. Victim-blaming, and making victims less safe, is destructive and wrong.
I congratulate the Queensland Minister, Shannon Fentiman, and the Shadow Minister, for jointly opposing One Nation’s latest policy today.
The policy that One Nation has today announced is not only ignorant; it is incredibly dangerous for women and their children.
One Nation have stooped to a new low with this policy, proving that they cannot be trusted to keep the community safe.
Surely the LNP will now rule out any preference deal with One Nation, as the Palaszczuk government has done.
TUESDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2017