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Queensland Police Union or men's activist group?

This article contains mention of domestic violence and may not be suitable for all readers.

The Queensland Police Union has claimed in a submission to federal parliament that some people seek domestic violence orders to gain an advantage in family law disputes, with one part reading:

“The [Queensland Police Union] is aware of a number of occasions where this practice has occurred, against its own members.”

Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia chief executive Hayley Foster told The Guardian that “The evidence base shows that people using violence and abuse are much more likely to make erroneous and vexatious claims against the target of their abuse," and that the submission was "extremely concerning" and "factually incorrect." Women’s Legal Service Queensland and Queensland’s DV Connect have joined Foster to voice their concerns with the inaccuracies in the submission.

The problem seems to be pared down to claims that false DV allegations have been made against union members in the Queensland Police.

“The suggestion is that women who are experiencing abuse are a bunch of liars. How is that going to instil confidence in the Queensland police service?”

Hayley Foster, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia

The Police Union has referred to women's safety organisations as "The DV industry," a term which is most often heard used by men's rights groups when aiming to undermine the work and expertise of the organisations. Union executive Shane Prior defended the stance in a Facebook post that stated:

We’re tackling the real issues that affect police like trying to fix broken and unworkable domestic violence laws and the ‘DV industry’ condemns us for it?

We are experts in DV too!!

In fact, we as police are more experienced experts in DV than some of those people quoted who are attacking the union.

We have never said that all DV is untrue and used as a Family Court bargaining chip, however when we point out that ‘SOME’ is, we get howled down by the ‘DV Industry’

Rather than attacking police and having a go at any contribution we make, maybe the ‘DV industry’ need to start working with police for a change? Just a thought.

We will continue to agitate to fix broken and unworkable domestic violence laws to keep people safe (and prevent misuse of these laws too).

This news has come out just weeks after Queensland Police was investigated after racist, sexist, and homophobic posts were found in a Facebook group.

One doesn't have to look far to find that these views are absolutely rife within the Queensland Police Union. A scroll through their home page and a few clicks will take you to the digital copy of their Winter 2021 journal. The delightful edition, which features the words "GENDER OFFENDER" on the cover (instant Handmaid's Tale vibes), features a scathing review of the Queensland Police's hiring practices by the General secretary Ian Levers. Some experts include:

The independent CCC report identified six women who did not meet the initial minimum standards to enter the Academy after failing cognitive, fitness, and psychological testing. Each of the women later graduated and met all standards required of the final examinations.

It's almost like the initial testing is skewed towards men.

This woke pandering nonsense of gender equality is absolutely unacceptable.

Unoriginal. Next.

The QPU members who have been the most vocal on this flawed policy have been our female colleagues.

The oldest trick in the book.

Later on in the journal, on page 52 to be exact, is a feature on International Women's Day.

International Women’s Day 2021 was celebrated on 8 March and this year’s event triggered some spirited conversations about merit based promotions and gender diversity.

Please go on.

Vice President Shane Prior joined the conversation with officers from Operational Support. ‘Its important to attend events like this because you get a sense of what’s really happening. Women in this job still feel maligned and they feel they don’t get as many opportunities as their male counterparts. It’s really important for us as Executive Members of the QPU that we engage with our members when we are making decisions around this topic.’

This is the man who wrote the Facebook post quoted earlier and used the phrase 'DV industry.' u r not listening m8

Event organiser Senior Constable Amy Dalton said, ‘We took some strong points from the panel discussion, in particular how females can be strong leaders without having to take a masculine approach. The reality is you can be soft and passive and still a good leader.

No comment honestly.

Tell me again it's just a few bad apples. It's the whole fucking system.