Men’s rights activist Bettina Arndt has urged supporters to “maintain the rage” over calls to strip the sex therapist of her order of Australia honour after a string of controversies.
Accusing her critics of resorting to “mob rule” and a “vicious pile-on,” Ms Arndt has urged her supporters to “write to your local senators expressing your astonishment at this capitulation”.
On Tuesday, Coalition and Labor senators united in a bipartisan motion condemning Ms Arndt’s comments about the murders of Queensland mum Hannah Clarke and her three children.
“It is a very sorry day for this country that this key branch of our government is engaging in virtue signalling at the expense of supporting free speech and proper discussion of key social issues,” Ms Arndt wrote to supporters on Wednesday.
Ms Arndt said it was “totally inappropriate” for politicians to interfere with the independent process for awarding the honours, which is run by the Council for the Order of Australia and authorised by Governor-General David Hurley.
“It is important the honours council issues an urgent statement saying they will not be influenced by political pressure,” she wrote.
On Monday, The New Daily revealed the Governor-General’s office had confirmed the council would consider requests that Ms Arndt’s award be rescinded.
This has rarely occurred unless a recipient has been charged with a criminal offence.
But a defiant Ms Arndt said this was “fake news”.
“The press is abuzz today with fresh fake news about my AM, claiming the Governor-General has established a formal process to review the award,” she said.
“Complaints about my award have been referred to the Council from the day the AM was announced – which happens with all recipients. This is typical of the malicious campaign the ABC has been running ever since news of my award hit the press.
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“Naturally most of the media is jumping on board, running stories about this exciting new development in this attempt by our cancel culture to wipe me out. And recruiting more and more high profile people to denounce me.
“The funny thing is that vicious media pile-on has led to me being absolutely swamped by new supporters, often people who had never heard of me before but have now discovered my work.
“Many are eager to help with my campaigns to end the illicit campus kangaroo courts and promote proper evidence-based information about important issues like male suicide and domestic violence.”