Revolt and retribution Some feminists seem to think they should support the sisterhood right or wrong. Sometimes, ardent feminists cannot see beyond their categorisation of all men as anti-women. Which makes it a bit tough to engage them in a debate that looks at issues without the prism of gender politics deflecting the argument on [...]
Letters to the Editor and an Editorial in response to two articles published in The Australian on 24-26/12/1999 “Court Out – One man’s battle for his kids” “Court Out – Trial Separation” Justice Nicholson claims that the Family Court “assists parties to resolve their disputes” (Letters, 27/12). I beg to differ. The very nature of the [...]
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COURT orders designed to prevent violence have created a new industry for
lawyers and added to the burden of police and magistrates, according to
Trevor Nyman, a prominent solicitor.
I applaud The Australian for publishing the articles “Court Out” and “Trial Separation” on Christmas Eve. For too long the media have been silent about the difficulties faced by litigants, especially fathers, in the Family Court of Australia. I must however, dispel a myth that is in danger of becoming accepted as fact and is [...]
The Australian Editorial written in response to the “Court Out” and “Trial Separation” articles that appeared on Friday 24 December. Christmas and New Year is a time of happiness and family security – but not for everyone. It is also a period that reveals the strain and conflict within some relationships and families. Fortunately, there is [...]
Which court? In the near future the Family Court may not be so famous, or infamous, depending on your point of view. As more engaged couples get nudged into marriage education, fewer may end up in court as a breakdown statistic. More families in trouble will be encouraged to see their local psychologist for mediation rather than the court registry. Of the few that who must litigate their way out of relationship conflict, more will go before an informal magistrate, not a superior judge of the Family Court.
More than a million Australian children will spend Christmas in a broken home. As the Government tries to improve family justice, ‘Mr X’ tells of his personal voyage of despair. “Don’t cry, you will lose your children for sure,” your barrister says sternly; and inside all you can feel are waves of distress. For you [...]
About the author: Trevor Nyman is an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law and adjunct professor at University of Technology, Sydney. He is a foundation member of the Criminal Law Committee and supervising editor of the College of Law papers on crime and advocacy. SINCE 1951 THERE HAVE BEEN provisions in the NSW Crimes Act for [...]
Why does nobody care about men killing themselves? There’s immense public concern about youth suicide. Australia has spent more than $31million over the past four years to try to reduce our high suicide rates among the young. There’s much angst about Aboriginal deaths in custody, and even gay youths are finally being acknowledged as a [...]