Rosie Batty 'Incredulous' At Being Drawn Into John Setka Controversy
Domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty says there's still a long way to go in the fight to protect women.
Pressure has been mounting on John Setka -- Victorian secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining, Maritime and Energy Union (CMMFEU) -- to resign, after it was reported he allegedly told a union meeting Batty's work in the domestic violence sphere had led to men having fewer rights.
The union boss denied he had disparaged the advocate's work, telling The Age his comments had been "taken out of context" and he had great respect for Batty.
“People are making up lies about what I said. Every time I see Rosie Batty I want to give her a hug,” Setka told The New Daily, claiming the allegations were an "outright lie" and blaming "dirty politics".
Batty -- who has been a tireless domestic violence campaigner since her 11-year-old son was killed by her estranged husband in 2014 -- claimed before the recent controversy, she had never even heard of Setka.
"I'm quite incredulous really that my name is being utilised in this way," she said.
"I've never met the man, I've never heard his name and I didn't know who he was until all of this came about."
Appearing on The Project on Tuesday night, Batty spoke broadly and generally about rhetoric claiming a decrease in men's rights at the hands of domestic violence activists. She claimed such a mindset came from a "sense of entitlement" some men have about their right to behave how they choose.
"It's not all men but it's some who have not been made accountable where society has allowed behaviours," she said.
"We are no longer accepting that type of behaviour and really we never should have, and I think that's whats threatening, is you are now being held to account."
The campaigner said while the statistics on domestic violence in the country -- where on average one woman is killed each week -- are still not acceptable, that conversations around the issue are being had is a "glimmer of hope".
"That we are now, instead of blaming that woman for the time of day or night that she walked, with the clothes that she wore, being intoxicated or overly flirtatious, we're now recognising that it is never the woman's fault."
"I see this is an opportunity for men to really consider their behaviour and how other men can join in these conversations and how that influences change."
Labor leader Anthony Albanese announced he had written to the party's national executive asking for Setka's expulsion on Tuesday.
"John Setka does not belong in our party because of the views that he holds," Albanese said.
Premier Daniel Andrews said he supported the move, adding that he was also trying to remove Setka from the state's high-level Building Industry Consultative Committee.
Setka told The New Daily he would resist any such moves.
"This is dirty politics and this is wrong. I’ve got the utmost respect for Rosie Batty. It’s sickening to me. Albo wants to expel me for that? Please," he said.