Federal Government backs push to strip Bettina Arndt of Order of Australia honour

The Coalition has supported a Labor motion to strip men's rights activist Bettina Arndt of her Order of Australia honour.

25/02/2020 9:43:00 AM

The Coalition has supported a Labor motion to strip men's rights activist Bettina Arndt of her Order of Australia honour.

The Coalition has supported a Labor motion to strip men's rights activist Bettina Arndt of her Order of Australia honour.

Share on TwitterThe Federal Government has supported a Labor motion to strip men's rights activist Bettina Arndt of her Order of Australia honour. The Coalition condemned Ms Arndt's comments about last week's brutal murders of Brisbane mother Hannah Clarke and her three children as"abhorrent and unacceptable". 

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Ms Arndt drew strong criticism after she praised a Queensland police detective who suggested that the estranged husband who murdered his family could have been"driven too far".Liberal Senator Jonathon Duniam said there are never any excuses or justifications for family violence.

"We will support this motion (because) comments like those expressed by Ms Arndt are abhorrent and unacceptable," he told the Senate.SuppliedBut he clarified the government does not make decisions to award or cancel the honours and respected the independence of the Council for the Order of Australia. 

Labor frontbenchers Penny Wong and Kristina Keneally had moved the motion on Tuesday calling on senators to jointly condemn Ms Arndt's comments as"reckless and abhorrent" and strip her of the honour."The values that underpin Ms Arndt's views on this horrific family violence incident are not consistent with her retaining her Order of Australia," the senators said in their motion.

Hannah Clarke, 31, died at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital after she and her children were doused in petrol by her estranged husband and the children's father, Rowan Baxter, 42.One Nation senators were the only voices against the motion, with Senator Pauline Hanson defending Ms Arndt's support for Queensland detective inspector Mark Thompson.

Pauline Hanson & One Nation the lone voices defending the atrocious victim blaming comments of Bettina Arndt. Yet more reason she is not appropriate to be the Deputy Chair of the Family Law Inquiry. I’ve written to my fellow Fam Law Committee members today asking for her removal.

— Larissa Waters (@larissawaters)February 25, 2020Bettina Arndt had tweeted: "Congratulations to the Queensland police for keeping an open mind and awaiting proper evidence, including the possibility that Rowan Baxter might have been 'driven too far'."

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Senator Hanson said Detective Inspector Thompson's comments had been"unscripted" as he tried to address both the media and public disbelief over the murder-suicide of Ms Clarke and her young family. "It is the role of the police to investigate this unconscionable incident and that may very well include triggers that led to the event – on the 19

thof February," she said."No right-thinking person condones the actions of domestic violence and this was one of the country’s worst."Bettina Arndt has the right to support the role of police and in particular Detective Inspector Mark Thompson."

READ MOREScott Morrison says the system failed murdered Hannah Clarke and her childrenSenator Kristina Keneally made clear the motion was against Ms Arndt's comments and"in no way" made comment or condemnation against the Queensland police. 

"This motion has been carefully crafted to make clear the concern expressed and I hope expressed by this chamber is with the comments of Ms Bettina Arndt only," she said. Earlier, she had urged her upper house colleagues to"stand firm" and make it clear there was no excuse for family violence.

"There is no excuse for what happened to Hannah Clarke and her three children, it was a murder plain and simple, but there is nothing plain and simple about the tragedy that is domestic violence," she told reporters."And there is nothing plain and simple about using your position with an Order of Australia to spread comments that could be seen to be inciting violence, that seem to be condoning violence."

READ MORESenior government minister Peter Dutton also called out Ms Arndt's remarks but would not say whether her award should be revoked."I don't agree with the comments," he told reporters.READ MOREAwards council to review Bettina Arndt’s Order of Australia honour

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Liberal senators Sarah Henderson and Hollie Hughes have also spoken out against Ms Arndt.Governor-General David Hurley has forwarded complaints about her Order of Australia to the body that manages the awards.Queensland's Police Commissioner has since asked detective inspector Mark Thompson, who was leading the investigation into the murder-suicide in Brisbane to step aside from the investigation.

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I think Arndt's award has been announced, not actually 'awarded' to her, as in hung round her neck. So it is just an appeal process or review, as Gov Gen Hurley pointed out. No way should she have that award. Before stripping her of an honour previously granted, perhaps it would be wise if not fairness to allow her an opportunity to defend her opinion. While I personally find her comments repugnant and grotesque beyond reason, not affording her that basic right is dangerous for us all

She incites violence against women... MADNESS. IT WILL ALWAYS BELONG TO YOU BETTINA Great news The Leftist bullies strike again... Bring on a republic when this nonsense ends once and for all... Freedom of speech ? Now, can we pass a motion to sack the fcking Australia Day honours committee? 'How does such evil happen in our land?' The Age headline 24/2/20 What could drive a person to commit such a horrific act. I hope we learn from this.

Probably quicker to just count the politicians who are against stripping the undeserved AO from Arndt. FYI there are only a few maybe two? You aren't going to have many options for your vote come the 2022 election Great, now rescind her citizenship and send her back to the UK 😑 What! I understand Bettina has some controversial opinion's. But I do feel sorry for the men she supports who are being mistreated either by their X or the legal system. I mean the ones that don't commit DV or murder, the ones who feel alone & end up committing suicide.

This is what happens to you if you support men’s rights. They tear you to pieces. Broad scale sexism against men. She said one thing that they could hold against her and that’s all they needed to attack. And just like that she's lost her demographic lol! Seems her comment about the latest POS family annihilater was a bridge too far for some. Side note, DavidLeyonhjelm is still claiming she is some kind of martyr for speaking truth

Politicians bowing to the woke left please stand up and name yourself, you will be remember at the next election for your left woke views and I like many millions of voters will vote u out Yesssss 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽 Well hind sight is a wonderful thing! But the REAL question remains, Who Nominated and Who Voted for her to receive the Award in the first place? 🤔🤔🤔🤔

Penny Wong and Kristina Keneally demand Bettina Arndt be stripped of Order of AustraliaTwo senior Labor senators want Bettina Arndt stripped of her Order of Australia after making 'reckless and abhorrent' comments about the Clarke family murders. In before all the white-knights show up to defend her honour! Better late than never, i suppose. So hard when I like Bettina, Penny and Kristina. If only these great women could accept Bettinas stance and agree to disagree. But going after an award that Bettina deserved is wrong. How do you take it back when her work has already been acknowledged?

Bettina Arndt 'should be stripped of her title' | Sky News AustraliaLabor MP Matt Thistlethwaite says men’s rights activist Bettina Arndt “should be stripped of her title” after she received an Order of Australia Medal.\n\nMs Arndt has made headlines over comments she made about murdered mother Hannah Clarke, her three children and the man who killed them. \n\nThe men's rights activist congratulated a Queensland detective for keeping an open mind after he appeared to suggest the woman’s husband could have been driven to his breaking point before dousing petrol on his family and setting them alight.\n\nMr Thistlethwaite told Sky News her comments were “disgusting” and “are not becoming of someone that is given one of the highest orders in this country”. \n\n“To incinerate your children in your car while they are still locked in their baby seats is just incomprehensible,” he said. \n\nLiberal MP Tony Pasin also told Sky News the comments “literally sucked the oxygen out of my lungs” and were “incredibly ill-advised”.\n\nImage: News Corp Australia I noticed Senator Sarah Henderson called for this too the other day. So stripping women is OK! Misogynist There is no possible validation to the premeditated act of waiting for a car to be full, going over & throwing kerosine on 3 children & their mother, then torching the flammable liquids. Where were the police when this murdered mum kept asking for help?

Bettina Arndt Australia Day honour to be reviewedThe attacks on Ms Arndt's award were largely limited to the progressive side of politics and the media, but that changed last week when conservative MPs called for her to be stripped of the honour. The feral mob might be able to silence Arndt but the internet is a big place now and the truth about female nature is out there and awareness is growing at a rapid rate Excellent . Who TF decided she deserved one in the first place RationalMale

Bettina Arndt Australia Day honour to be reviewedThe attacks on Ms Arndt's award were largely limited to the progressive side of politics and the media, but that changed last week when conservative MPs called for her to be stripped of the honour. She’s an absolute disgrace This isn’t the first time . She CONSTANTLY blames the victims They should review many others as well remember awards were given to John Howard the war criminal why didn’t anyone complain about that? Kudos Bettina for standing up to feminist lies like the fake campus rape culture campaign and highlighting illegal university kangaroo courts! Anyone who challenges the feminist narrative is ruthlessly attacked & bullied. Bettina, rest assured, many men & women have your back!

Penny Wong and Kristina Keneally demand Bettina Arndt be stripped of Order of AustraliaTwo senior Labor senators want Bettina Arndt stripped of her Order of Australia after making 'reckless and abhorrent' comments about the Clarke family murders. In before all the white-knights show up to defend her honour! Better late than never, i suppose. So hard when I like Bettina, Penny and Kristina. If only these great women could accept Bettinas stance and agree to disagree. But going after an award that Bettina deserved is wrong. How do you take it back when her work has already been acknowledged?

Bettina Arndt Australia Day honour to be reviewedThe attacks on Ms Arndt's award were largely limited to the progressive side of politics and the media, but that changed last week when conservative MPs called for her to be stripped of the honour. The feral mob might be able to silence Arndt but the internet is a big place now and the truth about female nature is out there and awareness is growing at a rapid rate Excellent . Who TF decided she deserved one in the first place RationalMale