'These Things Happen': Pauline Hanson Comments On Brutal Murder Of Hannah Clarke
One Nation's Leader Pauline Hanson says not all men should be "bastardised.. because these things happen", moments after labelling the murder of Hannah Clarke and her children as "horrendous".
Hanson said anti-feminist commentator Bettina Arndt should not be stripped of her Order of Australia Medal after she drew a barrage of criticism for politicising the killing of Clarke and her three children.
"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'," Arndt wrote on Twitter last week.
"The police are right. The feminists are part of the problem, not the solution," Arndt wrote in another tweet.
Her comments came after a Queensland police officer was stood down after he told reporters they would investigate if Hannah Clarke's ex-husband Rowan Baxter was "driven too far".
Hanson echoed Arndt's comments and said police must investigate why Baxter, who has a history of family violence, was pushed to commit such a "treacherous" crime.
"It was a horrendous act, what he did to his children. I'm very deeply sorry for family and friends involved but Bettina Arndt should not be stripped of her Order of Australia," Hanson told The Today Show.
"This is why I have pushed for the Family Law inquiry, to get behind what is happening, all this. This has been for a week, nearly every day, in the news.. but we don't hear much about it when a woman murders her children," Hanson said.
"A lot of people are driven to do these acts for one reason or another... but don't bastardise all men out there, all women for this matter... because these things happen."
Her comments come just one day after she slammed Baxter for "adding fuel to an already twisted and difficult family law debate that has seen many decent men deprived of their parental rights".
"I am so angry at the selfish motivation he has shown," she wrote on Facebook.
"Please, do not let this b*****d's actions reflect on all men."
Despite Hanson's comments, research from Our Watch Australia shows women and their children are disproportionately affected by domestic and sexual violence.
In Australia, one woman per week is murdered by a current or former male partner, according to the Bureau of Statistics.
Evidence shows most violence against women and children is driven by gender inequality.
Hannah Clarke was remembered at a vigil in Brisbane on Sunday night as a "strong woman" who was always happy and joyful.
She been staying at her parent's house and trying to escape Baxter before he killed her and their three children.
Clarke and her children were set alight inside a car in Queensland before Baxter stabbed himself to death.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday "Australians all over the country are just shocked, saddened and devastated about what has happened in a suburban street."
"Hannah and her three children [were] so senselessly and maddeningly murdered in what has occurred in a terrible act of violence," he said.
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