Pauline Hanson has launched an extraordinary attack against women who she says are lying about domestic violence in the family courts.
The prime minister has selected the One Nation leader to co-chair a new parliamentary inquiry into family law.
To everyone who's followed my journey and attempts to receive the support of the Government to hold a Family Law Inquiry - I'm pleased to announce it is finally happening.— Pauline Hanson 🇦🇺 (@PaulineHansonOz) September 17, 2019
This announcement is a win for every Australian and I thank everyone for their support. -PH pic.twitter.com/HT2DsZKj8l
Senator Hanson says some women are "making up" domestic violence allegations in the courts.
Hanson says mothers make up allegations of domestic violence and she has evidence but she's not going to discuss it on air. "It comes across our desk on a weekly basis". p— Annabel Crabb (@annabelcrabb) September 17, 2019
"There are people out there who are nothing but liars and who will use that in the court system," she told ABC radio on Wednesday.
Senator Hanson refused to provide evidence to substantiate her claims, suggesting the radio host contact men's rights groups to back up the allegations.
The Queensland senator insisted she was not siding with men or women in family court disputes, but wanted children have access to both of their parents.
"These people need to move on with their lives," Senator Hanson said.
"Get over the hate, the pain of a break-up, it's about working together to find the answers to all this."
The committee will investigate areas including court time frames and costs, custody arrangements and child support.
We’re undertaking a wide-ranging inquiry into the family law system. That means listening directly to the stories of Australians to find out how the system is impacting them. We’ll then reflect on that feedback & act to make changes to improve it ➡️ https://t.co/sSq0hOtj77— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) September 17, 2019
Men's groups have applauded the decision but it's been met with fierce criticism from anti-domestic violence campaigners.
The prime minister has argued the inquiry would try to strike a balance between competing interests.
"This isn't about picking sides," Scott Morrison told the Seven Network.
Prime Minister @ScottMorrisonMP has announced a review of Australia's 'broken' family law system, focusing on court time frames, custody arrangements and child support. https://t.co/AskFaVtUHE #auspol #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/PxgpWRwlE2— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) September 17, 2019
"It's about listening to Australians and ensuring that we're taking a timely review talking directly to them."
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