Senate Candidate Pauline Hanson wants to work with Australian communities to get to the heart of the rising domestic abuse problem. In an interview with Sky New, Hanson said: “We need to stand up and fight against domestic violence by all means”.
While all political candidates would say similar catchy sound grabs about the topic, Pauline is painfully close to the subject. Opening up to interviewer Paul Murray, Hanson detailed the abuse that she suffered at the hands of her ex-partner during the 1980s. Hanson stated “I had nowhere to go… I walked out of that house, and he followed me and said ‘come back’ and I said ‘I can’t’ and then he threatened, he said ‘if you don’t come back into the house I will drive my car into the river, and I’ll kill myself’ and I said ‘you can’t do that, the kids are at home by themselves’ and I then had to go back into that house”.
Hanson has promised that if she is elected that she will strive to make sure that we combat the problem of domestic abuse in a way the current government hasn’t. Hanson believes that there has to be something causing the rise in abuse as she believes it wasn’t like this when she was growing up.
Opening up about her painful past may not have been easy for Hanson, but the outcome that she and many Australians that have suffered from domestic abuse want is the same as she stated: “Instead of just band-aiding it, we need to find the answers.”
What could the Australian Government do to battle the growing problem? Do you agree that it wasn’t around in the past or was it just not publically discussed?