Scott Morrison Says The System Failed Hannah Clarke And Her Children

Scott Morrison says the murders of Hannah Clarke and her three children “should not have happened” and an inquest into the deaths will reveal the truth.

All of Australia's governments and the judiciary must reflect on how systems failed to protect Clarke and her children, the prime minister said on Monday.

Morrison was speaking in federal parliament, less than a week after Clarke was murdered by her estranged husband Rowan Baxter, along with their three children.

Morrison said the country sends its love to those grieving the family, stressing they have a right to be furious about the "terrible crime".

"Everything we have done across this country to protect women and children didn't protect Hannah and her children from this evil," he said.

"I believe state, territory and national governments, all of us, and our agencies and importantly the judiciary, we must all reflect again on these terrible murders.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison makes a statement on domestic violence after the murder of Hannah Clarke and her children, during Question Time. Image: AAP

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Yet again we are forced to confront the national emergency that is violence against women, as we grieve the loss of Hannah Clarke and her three young children, Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey.

"We must reflect on how and where the system failed Hannah and her children, as it has failed so many others. It is so frustrating. It's so devastating."

The prime minister said enough is known about the circumstances of the murders to know that they "should not have happened" and a Queensland inquest into the deaths will reveal the truth.

"Hannah deserved to feel safe and be safe, and to watch her joyous and wonderful children grow up. And Aaliyah and Laianah and Trey deserved to have a childhood that was innocent, and to have lives that were long and joyous."

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said the nation must confront the awful truth that domestic violence is an epidemic, with an average of one woman a week murdered by her current or former partner.

He reiterated his call for a national domestic violence summit.

Hannah Clarke and her young children. Image: Supplied



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"The memory of Hannah Clarke and her three beautiful children must galvanise us all into further action to eliminate violence against women and children," he told parliament.

"We can't accept this is normal. We have it in us to be so much better. Lives depend on it, as we see all too often.

Party leaders in the Senate also reflected on the murders, with One Nation leader Pauline Hanson saying Baxter had committed the "ultimate act of betrayal".

His "disgusting action" has further added fuel to an already difficult debate about family law which has "seen many decent men deprived of their parental rights", the senator added.

Flowers left at the vigil for Hannah Clarke and her three children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, at Bill Hewitt Reserve in Brisbane, Sunday February 23. Image: AAP



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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".

"Please do not let this bastard's action reflect on all men," she said.

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick will seek to establish an urgent Senate inquiry to pressure all levels of Australian government to take further action to prevent violence against women and children.

"We all need to bang on the doors of government to demand real action," he said in a statement.

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