I am so disgusted at the 60 Minutes interview of Kirstin Dunne-Powell that I can hardly form a coherent sentence…
We should be ashamed that, as a country, we have pushed this survivor of violence to defend herself on national TV.
A deliberately stony-faced Paula Penfold started the interview by asking “Why are you speaking out now when that might only serve to aggravate the situation further.”
Excuse me!! WTF??
Right from the outset, Dunne-Powell is being accused of “aggravating the situation further”.
What follows are shots of Dunne-Powell’s property, of Veitch excusing himself (“we had a major disagreement… we argued for a very long time etc) and large words scrolling over the screen e.g. “I apologise”, “confidentiality agreement”, “$150000” etc.
She then asks Dunne-Powell, “This was already a broken man – why try to break him more?”
It doesn’t get any better after that, either.
Penfold confronts Dunne-Powell about the situation which “played out for 9 months before he [Veitch] got his day in court.”
To me that sounds a whole heap like blame.
Penfold then says, about the Police investigation, that it was partly to “question Kristin’s motives”.
And in relation to the payout, “Wasn’t it having your cake and eating it too – you had your money.”
I think there’s a difference between playing devil’s advocate and being a deliberately hurtful bully – this interview definitely crossed that line.
Who the hell are these apologists for violence? 60 Minutes and Paula Penfold have denied Dunne-Powell a voice, and they have used her pain to cast Veitch in a sympathetic light – again.
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