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Mark Latham has been condemned by the White Ribbon foundation for “shameful” comments on domestic violence which were broadcast across the country on Friday afternoon.
During his one-off “Lathamland” show, the former Labor leader said men used domestic violence as a “coping mechanism” and described the issue of being a political bargaining chip for a “feminist left”.
“Blokes have lost their self-esteem, they’re welfare dependent, they’ve got other troubles, drugs, alcohol in their life. It’s that loss of self-esteem where I think they use the domestic violence as a coping mechanism to get over all the other crap they’ve got in their lives,” he said.
Radio station Triple M, a media partner of the White Ribbon foundation, did not apologise for broadcasting Mr Latham’s comments in a statement issued while Mr Latham’s “Lathamland” program was still on air.
“Triple M stands side by side with White Ribbon and will continue to push conversations about domestic violence no matter how uncomfortable. This is an issue that needs to be spoken about,” Mike Fitzpatrick, head of the network, said.
“We call for all men to stand up and hold those who commit acts of violence against women and children to account.”
But the White Ribbon foundation and social media users were angered by the former would-be prime minister’s comments.
“Mark Latham’s views on domestic violence, as aired by Triple M, show his lack of understanding and knowledge of this complex issue, including its prevalence, causes and community response,” White Ribbon Australia chair John Rosewarne said.
“Domestic violence is a complex social issue. In understanding and preventing this violence it is vital to involve men, which is why White Ribbon Australia works with organisations such as Triple M that have a strong male following.”
They later tweeted: “Domestic violence is much more than physical violence; it’s never a coping mechanism.”
Mr Latham also used his radio show to attack Australian of the Year Rosie Batty for “generalising about men”.
“That’s the thing that worries me about the domestic violence campaign, it’s being run for political reasons. It’s left feminists pushing what they call definition of patriarchy.”
Mr Latham accused Rosie Batty of “demonising men” and said research showed domestic violence was less of an issue now than it was 30 years ago. Latham has the right say what he likes. @TripleMMelb has a responsibility not to give a platform for misinformed, hateful, harmful stuff.— DeeMadigan (@deemadigan) January 22, 2016Mark Latham is on Triple M. Home of rock is now home of crock.— Tom Gleeson (@nonstoptom) January 22, 2016So Triple M gives Mark Latham a platform to attack Rosie Batty. Shameful. And, no, I’m not adding a link.— Tracey Spicer (@TraceySpicer) January 21, 2016
“Demonising men makes the problem worse and if you want a solution, then deal with men in public housing estates and the Aboriginal communities where the problem is targeted,” he said.
“By attacking poverty rather than attacking men you’ll get a far better solution than the nonsense we’re hearing from Rosie Batty and the other left feminists.”
Australian Greens Deputy Leader Larissa Waters described Mr Latham’s comments as “appalling” and further evidence a Sex Discrimination Commissioner was needed.
“There is absolutely no excuse for domestic violence,” Senator Waters said.
“The national effort to end domestic violence is not as Mr Latham describes ‘a campaign against all Australian men’ – most Australian men are strongly in support and many are a part of this national effort to save women’s lives.”
Social media users lambasted Triple M for airing Mr Latham’s “Lathamland” podcast, with many asking whether White Ribbon would continue to court the radio station’s support. Mark Latham is worried about the impact of the domestic violence campaign. Many Australian women are also worried. About being murdered.— James McHale (@JamesMcHale) January 22, 2016Given Triple M’s audience of about 17 people, the outrage has given Latham more oxygen than the show ever could. https://t.co/SkI0O0X1OE— John Johnsonson (@JohnJohnsonson) January 22, 2016
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