5 Government Inquiries That Should Cause You Concern

1. Family Courts Violence Review (review by Professor Richard Chisholm) The Attorney-General has commissioned a review of the practices, procedures and laws that apply in the federal family law courts in the context of family violence. The Family Courts Violence Review will consider whether improvements could be made to ensure that the federal family law […]

Norgrove and McIntosh’s junk science

Robert Whiston - a noted UK writer who presents a thorough analysis of the topics he selects - usually associated with family law, fatherhood, shared parenting, children's interests. You can read more of his writings here and join in his blog http://robertwhiston.wordpress.com/

“… Jennifer McIntosh’s smiling face cannot conceal that her ideological dogma will perpetuate the orphaning of children. It cannot disguise the awful misery she is inflicting on generations yet to come – hopeful futures she has dashed. What and why is so important that she has to fly half way round the world to stop it happening ?

She is the eminence gris of the [British] Norgrove Report, cited to excuse its betrayal of father’s rights and the rights of children to see their fathers.

McIntosh, and her Australian cronies, are sabotaging British efforts to bring equality to post-divorce settlements. Often this reactionary sabotage takes the form of ‘scare tactics’, alleging inter-partner domestic violence will increase, but on other occasions it is more subtle.

Child safety first in overhaul of family law

Herald Sun

THE Gillard Government has  unveiled radical changes to family law that redefine domestic violence, place  greater weight on child safety and could weaken the Howard government’s shared  parenting laws. The changes, which are directed at cases involving abusive parents, elevate the  safety of children to the top priority in custody disputes. Whenever a court considers […]

Frustrated Father Protests Parental Alienation by Shutdown of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Daily Telegraph

A man describing himself as ex-military has been charged following a daring protest that closed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in both directions this morning.

The man, identified as Michael Fox, was charged with obstructing traffic, climbing or jumping from buildings or other structures, and climbing on bridges, a police spokeswoman said.

He was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today, she said.

Senate Committee divided over shared parenting rollback

Sue Price - Men's Rights Agency

 The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee yesterday approved changes to family law legislation that will remove even more fathers from their children’s lives. The Committee divided down party lines. Coalition members submitted a minority report rejecting the changes, but the Labour controlled committee agreed with the much broader definition of domestic violence, the removal […]

Law change liable to upset fathers

Katherine Murphy, The Age, Melbourne

The Gillard government will provoke the ire of fathers’ groups today with landmark changes to family law designed to protect children in cases of domestic violence. Attorney-General Robert McClelland will press ahead with legislation winding back some of the shared parenting changes ushered in by the Howard government. The changes will make it easier for […]

Professor Richard Chisholm, a retired judge of the Family Court of Australia

Men's Rights Agency, Melinda Chew CCH

Professor Richard Chisholm, retired judge of the Family Court of Australia was appointed to review the recently changed  (2006) family law legislation and  determine whether family violence issues were being adequately covered. As soon as the Labor Party took over government in 2007, women’s groups around the country and academics, who have built their reputation on domestic […]

Safety first in family law changes

Chris Merritt and Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The Gillard government has unveiled radical changes to family law. The changes would redefine domestic violence, place greater weight on child safety and could weaken the Howard government’s shared parenting laws. The changes, which are directed at cases involving abusive parents, elevate the safety of children to the top priority in custody disputes. Whenever a […]

Joint parenting must stay: men’s rights group

Caroline Overington, The Australian

Men’s rights groups will fight any planned rollback of the shared parenting laws, saying reports released yesterday prove an overwhelming majority of Australians support the right of children to know both their parents after divorce. A 1,000-page review of the Howard government’s so-called shared parenting law, conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, found […]

Dads face tough fight for kids under proposed new custody laws

Phillip Hudson, Herald Sun - Melbourne

Separated fathers could find it harder to secure 50-50 custody of their children, and women should be more easily able to raise concerns about violence, under proposed changes to the nation’s custody laws. The Family Court may also be asked to apply a new “triage” system to more quickly assess urgent risks relating to violence, […]