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Labor wants Bettinna Arndt stripped of honours after “reckless and abhorrent” comments

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<p>Labor frontbenchers Penny Wong and Kristina Keneally are demanding men's rights activist Bettina Arndt be stripped of her Order of Australia.</p>

Labor frontbenchers Penny Wong and Kristina Keneally are demanding men's rights activist Bettina Arndt be stripped of her Order of Australia.

The opposition senators will move a motion today condemning Ms Arndt's "reckless and abhorrent" comments about the recent murders of a Queensland mum Hannah Clarke and her three children.

"The values that underpin Ms Arndt's views on this horrific family violence incident are not consistent with her retaining her Order of Australia," the senators said in their motion.

A growing number of politicians, including Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessy and Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson, believe Ms Arndt should lose the award over comments she made relating to the murder of the Queensland family last week .

Bettina Arndt at the National Press Club in Canberra on the launch of her book The Sex Diaries, in 2009.

Triggering a wave of controversy, Ms Arndt supported comments made by a detective who has since been removed from the case.Detective Mark Thompson was heavily criticised after he questioned whether the horrific murders were an act of domestic violence or of a "husband being driven too far."

Ms Arndt praised the Queensland police for "keeping an open mind and awaiting proper evidence, including the possibility that Rowan Baxter might have been driven too far".

Speaking on Today yesterday, sports presenter Alex Cullen blasted Ms Arndt, calling her "a stain" on the Order of Australia honour.

Ms Arndt was attacked by commentators in 2018 when she interviewed convicted paedophile Nicolaas Bester, who sexually assaulted a student while working as a maths teacher in Tasmania.

She has also been criticised for her views on domestic violence and the related male-female dynamics.Speaking with 9News last month, Ms Arndt said she was the victim of "misinformation" about her campaigns involving men's rights.

"People have to understand that this is an orchestrated campaign against me," she said at the time.

"These accusations are deliberately being used to try and damage me."I am not doing anything wrong. And yet there is this smear job going on."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/bettina-arndt-award-labor-demand-commentator-be-stripped-of-oa-honour/ee70b33b-c744-46ee-bb8d-3c1fee4ac102

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