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Deborah Knight slams Bettina Arndt’s ‘stupid comments’ after family burnt to death

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Deborah Knight has slammed Order of Australia recipient Bettina Arndt’s comments after three children and their mother were murdered in a horrific car fire.

It’s believed 42-year-old Rowan Baxter doused the car containing his estranged-wife Hannah and their three young children in petrol before setting it alight and killing himself.

The children — aged 3, 4 and 6 — died in the car, while Hannah managed to escape but later died from her injuries.

Ms Arndt has spoken out, claiming feminism is to blame for the father’s actions.

“Bettina Arndt, you are wrong!” Deborah Knight says.

“No one can be justified in torching their wife and their three children.

“This has nothing to do with feminism, this has to do about protecting people. Your comments are completely wrong and they need to be called out.”

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Our Watch is an organisation established to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children.

Its CEO, Patty Kinnersly, tells Deborah Knight change needs to take place in all parts of society.

“We’ve got really good evidence that what’s driving this is gender inequality, disrespect for women across all parts of our community.

“There needs to be more done; response, early intervention, policing, primary prevention, changing attitude and behaviours in workplaces.”

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