Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott and Liberal Candidate for Seven Hills Councillor Mark Taylor have slammed comments about domestic violence made by Labor’s Seven Hills candidate Susai Benjamin.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Mr Elliott said Mr Benjamin’s remarks made him unfit to represent the community in any way.
“It worries me that a person who works for the Toongabbie Legal Centre, a service that aims to look after the vulnerable, is telling victims of domestic violence not to report it
and making victims feel ashamed about reporting domestic violence,” Mr Elliott said.
“We should encourage the reporting of domestic violence because it is only when it is reported that can we begin to help those who are vulnerable.
“We do not need apologists of domestic violence in Parliament.”
Councillor Taylor said Mr Benjamin needed to stand down as Labor’s candidate and, if he refused to do so, should be removed by Labor’s head office.
“We hear time and again from Labor about how they supposedly work supporting women, yet they want someone with genuinely misogynistic views in their caucus,” Cr Taylor said.
“In my Police career, I have seen all too often the impact domestic violence has on women, and anyone who encourages the covering up of domestic violence needs to reassess their own ethical conduct.
“If Mr Benjamin does not stand down, then he must be removed in a sign that Labor is actually serious about promoting safe and healthy families.”