Rosie Batty hits out at Arndt award

By AAP Newswire

Former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty has slammed the awarding of an Australia Day honour to controversial commentator Bettina Arndt.

The commentator was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for striving to achieve "gender equity through advocacy for men".

"My immediate response is one of utter incredulity. I feel sickened. It makes me question the legitimacy of the awards system in the entirety across the spectrum," Ms Batty told News Corp.

Arndt had been criticised in 2018 when she interviewed convicted pedophile Nicolaas Bester, who sexually assaulted a student while working as a maths teacher in Tasmania.

The writer has also been slammed for her views on domestic violence.

"I cannot help but be appalled that someone who minimised violence towards women who is part of the inevitable pushback and backlash that we all experience as we pioneer a way forward, would be awarded," Ms Batty said of the appointment.