Greens candidate for Buderim, Tracy Burton has condemned One Nation’s proposed reforms to the way courts issue protection orders for abuse victims.
Ms Burton said she is appalled that Buderim MP Steve Dickson would seek to reduce protections for women and children experiencing family violence given the alarming statistics that are continuing.
In the Sunshine Coast District, the number of breaches to Domestic and Family Violence Protection Orders increased from 1,009 in 2015/16 to 1,252 in 2016/17.
“Women need protection from partners or ex-partners who seek to hurt them or their children. The law must provide this protection and not force women to face their abuser in court. The idea that women must provide more evidence that violence has occurred is appalling,” she said
“Once again, women aren't being believed and aren't being heard.
“After the #metoo campaign and subsequent worldwide condemnation of the abuse of women, this announcement by Dickson is insensitive and poorly timed.
“Currently in society there is an overdue uprising of women and men seeking to increase respect and protections for women and their children, not reduce it.
“Ultimately, we must listen to the views of the professionals working in Family and Domestic Violence Centres. These men and women see the damaging effects of domestic violence and the extremely difficult challenges faced by women and children. We should not be placing greater obstacles before women seeking to protect their children. Abusive fathers having an automatic right of access to children, regardless of circumstance, could be very dangerous and detrimental to the welfare of children.
“The Family Court say time and time again that the best interests of the children are paramount, therefore it would not be in a child's best interest for abusive fathers to have unfettered access to them. Until the issues of the father have been addressed, children and women deserve every protection that our legal system is able to afford."