I have never suffered physical violence in any form. I have never been in an abusive relationship. I have lived a very fortunate life so far.
I will never know what it’s like to have to choose between staying with a violent spouse, or forcing my children into a precarious and unknown situation. In my time at Mamamia, I have read numerous stories from victims of domestic violence that have shaken me to my core. And after reading the transcript of Pauline Hanson‘s maiden speech, my thoughts immediately went to them.
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Pauline Hanson’s speech in the senate this week was always going to be watched closely by the public. We wanted to hear what outrageous utterances she had up her sleeve and how many people she was going to offend along the way. True to her word, she invoked her maiden speech two decades earlier and re-branded it. The new threat now is Islam. “Now we are in danger of being swamped by Muslims, who bear a culture and ideology that is incompatible with our own,” she declared.
Her disdain for Muslims is well documented. It wasn’t surprising, right? We all knew it was coming. First the Asians, now the Muslims.
It wasn’t the “Muslims” diatribe I took the most offence to. Buried near the end, was a reference to family court decisions.
Been stewing over this- did Hansen say men kill wives out of ‘sheer frustration’ at family court decisions? & say it as if it is reasonable?
— Jane Caro (@JaneCaro) September 16, 2016
“Children are used as pawns in custody battles where women make frivolous claims and believe they have the sole right to the children.” Wait. Did Hanson just dismiss women’s motivations in getting custody of the children as “frivolous”? It gets worse. She goes on to say that the rates of domestic violence and murder were due to “sheer frustration” as a result of the broken system.