The major parties have combined in the Senate to condemn the Australian honours award given to men's rights activist Bettina Arndt for her comments on the murders of a Queensland mother and three children.
One Nation voted against the move, a breathless and nervous or emotional Pauline Hanson describing it as an attack on the Queensland police.
Ms Arndt was awarded the honour this year. The Council of the Order of Australia is now reviewing the award, which can be stripped if a recipient brings the honours system into disrepute.
Ms Arndt tweeted congratulations to the Queensland police for "keeping an open mind" on the deaths, "including the possibility that Rowan Baxter might have been "driven too far"."
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.” But note the misplaced outrage. How dare police deviate from the feminist script of seeking excuses...— Bettina Arndt (@thebettinaarndt) February 20, 2020
Her tweet brought condemnation from both sides of politics, and Labor, Liberal, National and the crossbench other than One Nation combined in the Senate to condemn her.
The Senate motion read: "The Senate ... agrees that 1. Ms Arndt's comments are reckless and abhorrent. 2. The values that underpin Ms Arndt's views on this horrific family violence incident are not consistent with her retaining her Order of Australia."
Liberal Senator Jonathon Duniam said Ms Arndt's comments were abhorrent. But he said the government respected the independence of the honours system that Senate resolution should not be seen as directing the Order of Australian council in its decision about whether Ms Arndt will retain her award.
A senior Queensland police officer is stood aside for doing his job professionally and telling the truth about how an incident should be investigated. This could well be a tipping point. I constantly hear from police appalled at being required to impose unjust laws and...— Bettina Arndt (@thebettinaarndt) February 21, 2020
Greens Senator Leader Larissa Waters has now written to others on the Senate inquiry into family law asking them to support a move to remove Senator Hanson from the inquiry.
Earlier, Liberal MP Tony Pasin said when he had read Ms Arndt's comments on Monday, "it literally sucked the oxygen out of my lungs".
Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson has written to the Order of Australia council saying she had previously supported Ms Arndt's efforts to advocate for men, but her comments on the Queensland murders were abhorrent.
"Notwithstanding her contribution, I believe that Ms Arndt has so seriously crossed the line in her commentary concerning this horrific act of family violence that it is no longer appropriate that she be awarded this honour," Senator Henderson told the council.
Ms Arndt is campaigning for Detective Inspector Mark Thompson to be reinstated to the investigation into the deaths of Hannah Clarke and her three children in a car fire last week.
Inspector Thompson was stood aside after making this statement in a press conference about the deaths, "Is this an issue of a woman suffering significant domestic violence and her and her children perishing at the hands of the husband, or is this an instance of a husband being driven too far by issues that he's suffered, by certain circumstances, into committing acts of this form?"
Queensland police said Inspector Thompson was distraught and gutted after listening back to his comments and could not believe his phrasing.
Senator Hanson said the Senate motion was a direct attack on Ms Arndt and the Queensland police.
While it was one of the country's worst incidents of domestic violence, Inspector Thompson had faced a media pack like no other and his comments were unscripted, she said.
"It is the role of the police to investigate this unconscionable incident and that may very well include the triggers that led to the event," she said.
Labor Senator Kristina Keneally, who put the motion with Labor's Penny Wong said it had been carefully worded not to condemn or target the police.
Ms Arndt did not respond to requests for comment.