All possible measures and punishments should be considered by governments when determining how to end family violence in Australia, says Queensland LNP Senator Barry O’Sullivan.
Senator O’Sullivan, who spent almost two decades in the Queensland police force prior to entering politics, said too much of his career had been spent investigating acts of violence and intimidation – perpetrated by men against women and children – to have any sympathy for the cowards who commit these crimes.
He said Australia had no option but to take a hard line approach if there was to be an end to violence against women and children.
He said the movement would also need to be adequately resourced and funded.
Senator O’Sullivan added that any punishments for these crimes committed should reflect their anti-social nature.
“There are too many of these offenders who abuse their wives and children out in the community,” Senator O’Sullivan said.
“The men who commit these horrific acts show no sympathy for their partners, wives and children and I do not believe Australia should show any sympathy towards these men.
“We’ve got plenty of uninhabited sub-arctic islands with active volcanoes surrounding some of the world’s stormiest waters.
“They’d be the perfect dumping ground for these deadbeat cowards. We can send them there without a coat.
“This principle worked for England in the late 1700s and there is no reason it won’t work again now.”
Senator O’Sullivan joined politicians from across the political divide at the ‘Police Commissioners Stand Together Against Violence Towards Women and Children’ function at parliament house today.
With statistics that indicate up to half a million Australian women have reported being physically or sexually assaulted in the past 12 months, Senator O’Sullivan said the problem had exceeded crisis point and more government attention was required.
“My state of Queensland has already been very active in tackling crime and I believe we can take the lead in the push for adequately resourced national action to stop violence against women and children,” Senator O’Sullivan said.
“I know Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart from my policing days and I know he will make a very significant contribution to fighting this issue during his time in the job.
“I also believe the parliamentarians at both the federal and state levels must wake up and think about this issue every day until there is definitive change and these cowards are removed from our society.
“This is a job for the men of our nation. Men are the problem and men need to fix it.”
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