Reform the Family Law Act to Protect the Innocent

Augusto Zimmermann

The Turnbull government has ordered a comprehensive review of the family law system to ensure it can deal with cases of domestic violence and child abuse. The Australian Law Reform Commission will conduct a wide-ranging review of the Family Law Act, the first comprehensive examination since its introduction forty-two years ago. In the meantime, a […]

Family Court judge enters same-sex debate

Nicola Berkovic - The Australian

Children need to be raised in an environment where they are ­surrounded by happy, loving ­relationships, and it does not ­matter whether their parents are of the same sex or heterosexual, says the nation’s most senior ­family law judge. Family Court Chief Justice Diana Bryant, who has presided over many hundreds of disputes involving broken […]

Family law review to start in October

The Australian, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/family-law-review-to-kick-off-in-october/news-story/35910d8d2997eeb94c25d7dfa641f855

 The first full review of Australia’s family law system in 40 years will begin next week. It will be led by the Australian Law Reform Commission from October 1, Attorney-General George Brandis announced on Wednesday. He said the review was necessary and long overdue, given there had been no comprehensive look at the Family Law […]

Parliamentary inquiry into family law will be critical, insists committee head Sarah Henderson

ABC AM By political reporter Matthew Doran and Sabra Lane

Updated 23 Aug 2017, 5:11pmWed 23 Aug 2017, 5:11pm Photo: Committee chair Sarah Henderson said the inquiry will be “quite critical in parts”. (ABC News: Luke Stephenson) Related Story: Parliamentary inquiry into family law system ‘weakened by lack of judicial input’ A committee investigating the failings of the family law system will still be critical […]

Queensland Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2017- submissions close Wed 30 Aug

Good afternoon   Just a reminder that the closing date for submissions to the committee on the Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2017 is 4:00pm on Wednesday 30 August 2017.   Written submissions should be emailed to hcdsdfvpc@parliament.qld.gov.au or mailed to: Committee Secretary Health, Communities, Disability Services, and Domestic and Violence Prevention Committee Parliament House […]

Exposure Draft of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2017

The Attorney-General has released an Exposure Draft of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2017 (‘the Bill’). The Bill contains proposed amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) to address stakeholder and community concerns regarding direct cross-examination of parties in family law court proceedings involving family violence. The Government […]

Parliamentary hearing axed over ‘judicial concerns’

Caroline Overington, The Australian

A parliamentary committee inquiring into the Family Court and family violence was abruptly cancelled yesterday over fears that members of parliament could be criticised for asking questions of judges. The committee, which is specifically inquiring into the family law system, had months ago invited the Chief Justice of the Family Court, Diana Bryant, and the […]

Australian Senator challenges reasons behind domestic violence ad campaign

Senator Leyonhjelm asks questions about the “Let’s Stop It At The Start” domestic violence ad campaign Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:16:16 +1000 Subject: Excerpt from Official Recording of Community Affairs Senate Committee Proceedings from the Australian Parliament on 01/06/2017 at 13:25:00. https://youtu.be/0DLZa37LJTg or Transcript as follows: Thanks to OneinThree.com.au for following this interesting debate and providing […]

Stand up against dangerous Family Law changes

Bettina Arndt

Augusto Zimmermann, WA Law Reform Commissioner is calling for us to challenge the “dangerous family law changes” and to encourage people to complete the questionaire. Sent: Tuesday, 9 May 2017 7:23:12 PM Subject: Stand up against dangerous Family Law changes – recruit people for questionnaire Below is an important message from my friend Bettina Arndt. […]

Changes to Family Law – little notice given

Dads in Distress

Thanks to  Pete Nicholls from Dads in Distress for this important notification of pending changes to family law in its interaction with domestic violence. It is urgent if any has some time to put in  a submission. The govt have put out to consultation, a proposed change of family law relating to DV. Responses must […]