‘Don’t bastardise all men… these things happen’: Pauline Hanson says cowardly dad who murdered his entire family may have been ‘driven to do it’
It's good that we have sensible women such as Pauline Hanson and Bettina Arndt to speak up against the hateful and totally unreasonable feminist claim that Hannah Clarke was murdered by her estranged husband because that is what "men" do. Baxter's maleness has been given as the sole explanation for his evil deeds.
That millions of women are NOT murdered by their partner is ignored. It is surely the vast non-murdering majority of men who tell you what "men" do. But feminists are so full of hate that they cannot see that.
So why did Baxter really do it? Unless we know that, how are we supposed to prevent similar deeds by other troubled men?
Until we are given the full facts about the family history involved we cannot know for sure how it all worked out but from my point of view as a psychologist there is one highly likely explanation for the tragedy: Baxter was a bully.
He was a common bully type, physically imposing and very egotistical. The combination of a strong body and a big ego can be very problematical. We see it in schoolyards all the time. Some stronger kid will pick on some weak and "loser" kid. In the course of a schooling that behaviour will usually be suppressed in some way, partly by teachers, partly by parents and partly by other students.
I remember a question I once asked my well-built son when he was in High School I asked him whether any other kids picked on him. He said "No. I'm too big for them. And if I see them picking on some smaller kid, I put myself in between them". So the corrective role of other students should not be ignored.
Sometimes, however, the bully gets away with a lot and forms behaviour patterns that last into adulthood. But such patterns are very limiting in adulthood. The bully will find himself avoided if not ostracized. The bully of course sees this and endeavours to change his ways at least superficially. He practices being "nice". But that pretence periodically breaks down. His real motivation comes out in hostility of some sort.
So in the end he will be mistrusted and socially excluded. And for anyone that is very grievous. Among Aborigines, social exclusion is the mechanism behind a wrongdoer being "sung" to death. So the bully in any society has usually been locked into a behaviour pattern that badly hurts him emotionally.
And when that hurts too much he may strike out fatally at the one whose disapproval hurts him the most. He blames the other person -- such as his ex-wife -- for his own deep unhappiness rather than himself. He sees that his life has been a failure and there is nothing left in it for him. So death seems to him to be welcome. So murder-suicide ensues.
So what can be done? Just one thing: Bullying has to be stopped at its source. It has to be stopped during the bully's schooldays. All Education Departments have high-sounding policies that claim to do that but enforcement is very lax. So we cannot look at the existing system for hope. A firmer approach is needed.
I would advocate sending bullies to a special school where bullying behavior is vigilantly watched for and heavily punished. Bullying must be negatively reinforced, to use psychologist's jargon. And talk is no good. The bully has to be subjected to treatment that is a replica of what he normally does to others.
Politician Pauline Hanson has defended controversial comments about the horrific Brisbane murder-suicide, saying 'these things happen'.
In a crime which rocked Australia on Wednesday, Hannah Clarke, 31, was murdered by her estranged husband along with her three young children.
Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, were burned alive by their own father on their way to school after he poured petrol in their car and lit a flame.
But Ms Hanson said the cowardly murders shouldn't lead to people 'bastardising all men' - saying Baxter could have been 'driven to it'. 'Don't bastardise all men out there, or women for that matter, because these things happen,' she said on Monday morning.
Speaking about domestic violence murders, she added that: 'A lot of people are driven to this, to do these acts for one reason or another.'
The killings have led to calls for more protection for domestic violence victims, after Ms Clarke was emotionally, sexually and financially abused by Baxter for years.
Speaking on Today, Ms Hanson said the murders have been in the news more than if it was committed by a woman - and that Baxter may have been 'driven to it'.
'You know, this has been for a week we have been in the news nearly every day about this horrific tragedy,' she said on Today on Monday morning.
'But we don't hear much about it when a woman has murdered her children by driving a car into a tree, she threw out a suicide note. 'Or the woman who doused her husband with fuel and set him alight an said she was possibly driven to it.
'Hopefully the family law inquiry will get to the bottom of it.'
She also defended commentator Bettina Arndt, who made controversial comments about the Baxter murders.
Some MPs want Arndt to be stripped of her Order of Australia, after she praised a Queensland police officer for saying Baxter may have been 'driven too far'. Queensland detective Mark Thompson was taken off the case after making the comments.
'Congratulations to the Queensland police for keeping an open mind and awaiting proper evidence, including the possibility that Rowan Baxter might have been 'driven too far'," Ms Arndt wrote on Twitter. 'But note the misplaced outrage. How dare police deviate from the feminist script of seeking excuses and explanations when women stab their partners to death, or drive their children into dams but immediately judging a man in these circumstances as simply representing the evil violence that is in all men.'
Speaking about Ms Arndt's comments, Ms Hanson said she should not be stripped of her Australia Day honour.
'It was a horrendous act of what he did to his children,' she said. 'It was a tragedy and I am very deeply sorry for everyone.
'But Bettina Arndt should not be stripped of her Order of Australia. She is clearly stating what she thinks and what a police officer said.
'This is why I have pushed for the family law inquiry to get behind what is happening on this.'
The mum-of-three had desperately tried to keep her young family safe from their evil dad, but was struggling after her domestic violence protection order was watered down.
It has since emerged that he subjected Hannah to years of domestic violence, prompting the brave mum to finally leave him last November.
There was a domestic violence order (DVO) in place, but she expressed frustration that the conditions wouldn't be enough to keep her family safe.
Despite being stalked every day by her monstrous ex, the DVO was watered down to allow her husband to be a close as 100 metres from her.
'I have to go back to court and had to drop off an application today to get the DVO conditions changed as he keeps turning up where I am,' the mother-of-three said in text message to a friend, sent on January 30.
'He got the DVO adjourned and when they did that they took off the no contact and made it just 100m from my home so technically he’s not doing anything wrong … hence why we need it changed!'
Even the female police officer who helped Hannah lodge her DVO last year told her it would do little to protect her from her evil husband.