Why Pauline Hanson should go back to school: CQU academic
A CQUNIVERSITY academic has warned politicians and public figures are "playing a high stakes game” when attempting to "make mileage” from domestic violence.
She recommended Pauline Hanson enrol in the university's Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence Practice if she hasn't changed her views in the year since making controversial comments accusing women of "frivolous” claims.
She shared a Morning Bulletin story written last year about Ms Hanson's comments, where she said many woman made "frivolous” domestic abuse claims, sometimes "...because they're told 'I don't like the colour of your dress'”.
The Director of the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, Associate Professor Annabel Taylor said Ms Hanson needed to enrol in CQUniversity's course "so that she doesn't damage the progress that is being made in addressing domestic and family violence”.
"What is the cost for any other political party which considers a coalition with One Nation and what does this mean for the issue of domestic violence?” Ms Taylor said.
"It is playing a high stakes game when public figures, particularly political figures, attempt to make mileage out of this field which is internationally accepted as a complex one.
"I imagine that there will be some perpetrators of violence against women who are crowing all the way to the courts now that they are regarded as 'victims'.
"If I were Pauline Hanson I would be very concerned about the effect of these words on the situation of victims across Australia.
"Ms Hanson needs to avoid twisting the evidence related to who perpetrates domestic violence and to concentrate on what her proposed policies are going to do to protect victims and their children.
"Reasonable Australian voters will see this for what it is: a shameful exploitation of the situation of vulnerable victims for political gain. Take the trouble to become informed Ms Hanson.”
The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research is hosted by CQUniversity Mackay.