Gender Institute member Dr Skye Saunders has published an article in the Sydney Morning Herald examining Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's claims that feminists are 'hypocrites' for not immediately criticising comments from the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils' president, Keysar Trad. In an interview, Trad had described male violence against women as a 'last resort'. He later said his comments were clumsy and clarified that violence against women was never acceptable. His comments have received widespread condemnation.
'Dutton exemplified hypocrisy by insulting those who stand for the very feminist beliefs he claims to advocate. While purportedly supporting Australian women, he joined the attack on feminism by directly diminishing its value by labelling feminists – in general – as "hypocrites".
Dr Saunders is the acting director of the Australian National University's legal workshop, in the College of Law.