A Senate inquiry on domestic violence simply did not do its job and the prime minister and opposition leader must demand its resumption, a crossbench senator says.
Crossbencher and committee member Rex Patrick initiated the inquiry after the horrific murders of Brisbane mother Hannah Clarke and her three children in February.
Ms Clarke's estranged husband ambushed the family on their way to school in an attack that shocked the nation.
He doused their car in petrol and set them on fire. Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, perished at the scene. Their mother died later in hospital.
Senator Patrick has accused his fellow committee members of failing Australians living with violence after the inquiry wrapped up months early.
It did not accept any submissions, it did not hold any public hearings and it did not make any recommendations.
"The bottom line is, the work is not done," Senator Patrick has told ABC radio.
"I will be taking a motion back to the Senate to re-refer this."
He is demanding the support of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese.
"I've never seen a situation where a committee has not called for submissions. (It's) totally unprecedented.
"We have to correct the errors of the committee."
Hannah Clarke's friends have also expressed their dismay.
"Absolutely disgraceful. I think it's appalling," Caitlin Langford has told the ABC.
"If this sort of incident doesn't spark change, then what does?"
The Law Council of Australia is flabbergasted at the way the inquiry conducted itself, and says it was robbed of the chance to lodge a submission.
"The average is one woman being killed every nine days ... It's just got to stop and this is a terrible lost opportunity," council president Pauline Wright told the ABC on Thursday.
She's described the inquiry's report as a literature review of past work on domestic violence, with no new examination of its causes and what is and isn't working to reduce it.
Committee chair Kim Carr has accused Senator Patrick of not showing up to meetings and seeking to take political advantage.
The Labor senator also said Senator Patrick had referred the issue to the wrong committee.
"It is appropriate that the appropriate level of expertise be applied to this and not some half-baked measure," Senator Carr told the ABC on Wednesday.
Australian Associated Press