Politicians urged to alter tone
POLITICIANS must stop making sexist or inappropriate comments if Australia wants to change community attitudes towards family violence, Rosie Batty says.
The anti-violence campaigner believes attitudes have changed since her son, Luke, was murdered by his father in February 2014. But education about healthy relationships needs to start as early as Prep, and awareness needs to carry through to political leaders, she says.
“I think, as a society, we have become very aware of some of the sexist and inappropriate attitudes of some of the leaders in our country,” Ms Batty told the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
She feels Australians are increasingly making it known they won’t tolerate politicians who are seen as being out of touch.
“We hear those statements and we don’t like them,” she said.