Family Law Pathways Advisory Group Report Released Today

THE HON. DARYL WILLIAMS AM QC MP and SENATOR THE HON. AMANDA VANSTONE

A report released today by the Federal Government recommends ways to significantly improve information and services for separating families, and to remove frustrating hurdles that make settling arrangements unnecessarily hard and expensive.

Out of the Maze – Pathways to the Future for Families Experiencing Separation, launched by the Attorney-General, Daryl Williams, and the Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, found the effects of family separation are far-reaching, costly and, when families experience a lot of conflict, children can suffer long term effects.

Married to the mob

Adrian McGregor, The Weekend Australian

  The Weekend Australian, SAT 18 NOV 2000, By Adrian McGregor They call it “The Club“, the male-dominated legal fraternity that looks after its own. Adrian McGregor reports that, for some of those lawyers’ wives, a broken marriage can mean an unequal fight that leaves them angry, desperate and broke SECRET MEN’S BUSINESS Under the […]

Disorder in the courts

Sarah Harris. Sunday Telegraph, Sydney

The Family Court has consistently pursued its critics by instigating contempt charges. But lately these citizens have been beating their powerful foe. Sarah Harris reports. (Pix: View of a back of a man seated on park bench looking at children’s playground equipment.) Caption: No picnic: This man, whose name cannot be revealed, has endured much […]

Disorder in the courts

Sarah Harris - Sunday Telegraph - Sydney

The Family Court has consistently pursued its critics by instigating contempt charges. But lately these citizens have been beating their powerful foe. Sarah Harris reports. (Pix: View of a back of a man seated on park bench looking at children’s playground equipment.) Caption: No picnic: This man, whose name cannot be revealed, has endured much […]

Spurious reasons for appalling injustice

Melanie Phillips - The Spectator,

This issue is not confined to Australia. In England, a new book, The Sex-Change Society by Melanie Phillips, published by the Social Market Foundation, claims that fathers are being routinely denied contact with their children on grounds produced by welfare officers that are so spurious as to be virtually incomprehensible. Here are some example: There was […]

Street protester beats judges at own game

Bernard Lane, The Australian

The Family Court brought contempt charges against a father hostile to its decisions but, writes Bernard Lane, could not sustain them. [Picture of Alastair Nicholson. Caption: “Judged: Chief Justice Alastair Nicholson”] [Picture of Terry O’Gorman. Caption: “Jury, please: Terry O’Gorman] Half an hour after the collapse of the highly unusual contempt of court case against […]

Reformers return fire at Family Court

Bernard Lane - The Australian

  Commentary – Men’s Rights Agency ALRC Report draws suggestions the Chief Justice of the Family Court should stand down! The release of the Australian Law Reform Commission final report into the Australian federal justice system confirms their interim findings that the Family Court has a history of failed reform and is inflexible. Following the […]

Feminists revolting next year?

Graeme Leech - The Australian - Melba

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 […]

“Family Court makes disputes worse” – 1999

The Australian - Letters to the Editor

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 […]

Family Court unfair to men

Sue Price, Men's Rights Agency, The Australian letters

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 […]