In another post I described the feminist-driven non-event that is the Queensland Government’s approach to tackling domestic violence.
Now with an election just weeks away we have seen domestic violence policies released firstly by One Nation and then yesterday by the Liberal National Party.
The Liberal National Party has offered up nothing new or different, proposing:
- A public register to “disclose people’s abusive pasts”
- Setting up specialist domestic violence courts
- Creating a specific domestic violence offence “to better protect victims”, and
- A law change to prohibit perpetrators from personally cross examining their victims in civil or criminal matters
The only box they didn’t tick was a new awareness campaign.
Yes, the first dot point is based on Clare’s Law in the UK – which has been found to be costly and ineffective. The Queensland Government recently came to the same conclusion. (Update as of 28 July 2022: This idea has even be resurrected by PM hopeful Liz Truss over in the UK)
Special domestic violence courts were trialed in Western Australia and then discontinued as they were found to be costly and ineffective.
A new offence. Yes, that’s going to make a big difference. Like the new offence recently proposed for strangulation. We don’t already have enough suitable offences in our legal armory? Oh please! But it sounds effective, right? This particular proposal is discussed in this article.
And who needs to confront their accusers in a court of law? An obviously over-rated legal anachronism.
The LNP could have chosen to offer a real alternative to the policies of the Labor Party. Something bold that went ‘back to the drawing board’, challenging the entire feminist/Duluth model mindset. Something that would reap tangible results in terms of reducing domestic violence, in contrast to the ineffective feeding trough for feminist organisations that the taxpayers are currently supporting.
Instead the LNP have opted for the safe path and offered Queensland voter’s nothing of value or substance, and we are all the poorer for it.
And now a dating app that allegedly screens out dangerous men (20 December 2021) Further reference here
The secret Facebook groups where women shame their exes (22 August 2019) UK
Sunshine Coast Labor and LNP candidates in radio interview re: domestic violence (21 November 2017) Disappointing yet very predictable comments.
Courier-Mail coverage of the policy release (9 November 2017)
One Nation unveils controversial domestic violence policy (24 October 2017) Strongly criticized by LNP