Petition to support Men’s Health funding in NSW

          The peak national forum promoting a social approach to male health and wellbeing       CLICK ON THIS LINK BELOW TO SIGN THE PETITION https://www.change.org/petitions/the-hon-jillian-skinner-mp-request-that-mhirc-s-funding-should-be-renewed?utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition Please sign the above petition to support MHIRC and men’s health in NSW… I am writing this letter on behalf of the Men and Vulnerable Families Sector Development […]

One father’s fight for gender-neutral justice

Barbara Kay, National Post - Cananda

Variations on these injustices fill the family court literature. Stats Canada does not keep separate tabs on custody-linked suicides. But Australia, a country much like our own in this regard, does — and there are about 20 hardship-related suicides a week.

Labor abandoned suicidal MP, says sister

The Age - Melbourne

The leadership of the federal Labor Party abandoned Victorian MP Greg Wilton in the days before his suicide five years ago, his sister said today. Leeanda Wilton today publicly backed Mark Latham over his claims last week that a toxic political environment inside the ALP contributed to Mr Wilton’s death in June 2000. Mr Latham […]

Men Alone and at Risk -

Bettina Arndt - http://www.rhfinc.org.au/docs/menrisk.pdf

“Our darling Greg died of a broken heart,” announced the death notice placed by his mother and sister when Federal MP Greg Wilton killed himself last year. Wilton’s death attracted massive publicity, highlighting the marriage break-up and loss of his children as events precipitating his drastic action. Three weeks earlier Wilton was found in a distressed state in a car with his two young children.

Greg Wilton, 44, was well aware of the vulnerability of men in his situation. Three years earlier he gave a speech in parliament commenting on a report on youth suicide, pointing out that the group at greatest risk of killing themselves were adult men.

Family Court Driving Fathers To Suicide

Dr Muriel Newman MP

ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today called on the Government to make provision for shared parenting in its Care of Children Bill – to avoid New Zealand mirroring Australia, where family law is driving many fathers to suicide. “According to Australian statistics, males aged 25-44 are most at risk of suicide. […]

Support Payments “Drove Man To Suicide”

Megan Doherty, Canberra Times

“You’ve Pushed Him To The Grave”, Ex-Partner Tells CSA Officer. Queenbeyan woman Kate Gibbs is convinced the pressure of making child support payments while being unable to build a new life of his own is what finally drove her former partner to commit suicide. Ms Gibbs and Warrant Gilbert always expected to support his three […]

Parental Payments Cost “Three Lives A Day”

Megan Doherty, Canberra Times

As many as three men a day are committing suicide because the nation’s child-support system is driving them over the edge, according to the Lone Father’s Association Australia. Association President Barry Williams said the claim was not based any official figures but on anecdotal evidence such as phone calls made to its 22 branches around […]

Australian Suicide Victim “Hounded” Over Child Support

Roderick Campbell, Canberra Times

It was “a tragic indictment of the system” that a Canberra man had committed suicide holding a letter of demand from the Child Support Agency, the ACT Coroners Court was told yesterday. Barrister Richard Thomas said the receipt of the letter two days before Warren Gilbert’s death in August had “tipped him over the edge”. […]

Greg Wilton takes his own life 14-6-2000

Final days http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Wilton Wilton’s marriage broke down in early 2000, and rumours began to surface that he would soon resign. Then Wilton was found by police, distressed in a car with his two young children in the You Yangs, near Geelong as he was driving out of the national park. While the circumstances of the […]

Distraught MP to face court – 2000

Phillip Hudson - The Age (Sunday) Melbourne

http://www.theage.com.au/news/20000528/A22245-2000May27.htmlFederal Victorian Labor MP Greg Wilton will appear in the GeelongMagistrates Court tomorrow after being found in his car in a distressedstate with his young children on a lonely country road. Mr Wilton, 44, right, who holds the south-eastern suburbs seat of Isaacs,was taken to a psychiatric hospital after the incident in the You YangsNational […]