The Courier-Mail

Politician­s urged to alter tone

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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.

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