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Radio network Triple M has come under fire after former Labor leader Mark Latham used his podcast with the station to say men hit women as a “coping mechanism”.

In the 20-minute podcast posted to the Triple M website ( HERE ), Mr Latham took aim at Australian of the Year Rosie Batty and feminists for “demonising men” and making those who hit women “feel worse about themselves”.

Mr Latham’s comments prompted a petition on Change.org ( HERE ), with signatories calling for him to be sacked from Triple M and Channel Nine.

The petition also calls for anti-domestic violence organisation White Ribbon to distance itself from Triple M and the “disgraceful podcast”.

During the podcast, Mr Latham said he worried Ms Batty — whose son was murdered by her estranged partner — was “causing more harm than good”.

“The patriarchy argument is that men beat up women in some cases because they hate women,” he said.

“But I don’t think it is about how men look at women, it is about how men look at themselves.

“They have lost their self-esteem, their job, are welfare-dependent, on drugs or alcohol in their life.

“They use domestic violence as a coping mechanism to get over all the other crap they have in their lives.

“Demonising men and making them feel worse about themselves is not going to solve the problem.”

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