One Nation WA has claimed jealousy and politics has marred the appointment of national party leader Pauline Hanson’s as deputy chairperson of the family law inquiry, despite believing the inquiry would have a positive effect to the system.
The party’s WA leader Colin Tincknell said he was pleased One Nation’s national leader was appointed to the inquiry, but was not impressed by the reaction to her appointment by other parties.
Speaking to WAMN News, Mr Tincknell said the inquiry was “a very important move by the government”, supporting Ms Hanson’s goal to begin an inquiry.
“I’m happy and proud that they (the government) supported her in her 20 year search to get family law sorted out because it brings so much misery in our society in Australia,” Mr Tincknell said.
However, he claimed the reaction to Ms Hanson’s appointment was “disappointing.”
“Both the Greens and the Labor Party have shown very poor form on this,” he said.
“They can’t see how saving three lives a day in suicides and one murder, how that can benefit a society in Australia. I mean they are blind. They’re playing politics while people are dying.”
Mr Tincknell said the main goal was supporting the children who were involved.
“People think that if we fix family law, that it’s going to affect someone’s rights,” he said.
“It’s about equal rights, not one person over the other. These kids that are a part of this family make-up.”
He added that the family law system had not been helping people who were affected.
“The system is built around someone gaining an advantage and that is of no benefit to anyone, not the children, not the kids of any marriage,” Mr Tincknell said.
“It’s a lawyers slogfest. It’s just one against another.”
He hoped the inquiry would come up with good recommendations but the government needed to act.
Ms Hanson was appointed as the deputy chairperson of the inquiry on Tuesday.
She has received wide-ranging criticism from anti-violence campaigner Rosie Batty that appointing her would bias the probe as well as for comments that women made false accusations of domestic violence to stop men having access to children.
However, Mr Tincknell said it was important to “wait and see what the inquiry comes up with.”
“Listen to what’s going on, you know discover what’s going on, document all of this, take all the proof, get all the details and then make recommendations.”