By Emily Smith, Daily Mercury

STOPPING parents from seeing their children could fall under the definition of child abuse if George Christensen gets his way.

 The Federal Member for Dawson said he would lobby with Victorian independent Senator John Madigan to have the definition of child abuse widened to include parental alienation.

 Mr. Christensen said the current system for family law and child support was broken.

 My view is parental alienation is a form of child abuse,” he said.

 “If one parent is cutting off the meaningful relationship with the other parent, unless they are violent, etc., then that is abuse.”

He said hundreds of constituents had come to him after the other parent had decided they were going to breach court orders and deny access to the child 

“Literally the only redress they have is to take the matter to court, which considering the fact many are also paying child support, is so costly it’s almost impossible,” he said. 

While he acknowledged broadening the definition of child abuse could cause problems, he said the current system could only be improved. 

Solicitor and family law specialist Jenny Hamilton said the idea was “worthy of consideration”. 

“Childhood alienation is a very serious problem. It is very common,” Mrs. Hamilton said.

“Often they need psychiatric support to prove the child’s emotions have been manipulated to prove alienation has happened.” 

Mr. Christensen said another change he would like to see was for the equivalent parole officers to enforce child custody arrangements.

He said the only way to have custody arrangements enforced at the moment was to take the matter to court, which was a costly exercise for parents. 

“I would like to see a model like in Denmark,” he said.

“If there is a court ordered custody arrangement breached, there is enforcement, like a parole officer.” 

He said this would stop parents having to return to court just to get orders enforced. 

“The current system is unfair,” Mr. Christensen said. 

Mrs. Hamilton said he was right, but she did not think enforcement would be possible.

  • I’ve tried since August 2004 to be my Daughters Father who is suffering Parental Alienation Syndrome in a massive way due to her Mothers behaviour. The most disturbing factor is my Daughters UNWANTED affliction has been caused by the other parent deliberately.
    Since 2003 – 2012 I have endured the wrath of spite from a scorned woman using my only child, the Police secure property, assets &; my only child using frivolous DVO after DVO extensions, 13 x BREACHES (many withdrawn) eventual INCARCERATION which was suspended because I have never hurt anyone……………… ALL from the 1 person………..
    In 2008 I was the applicant to have share custody of my only child utilising the Family Law Court in Brisbane ie –. My desired goal was to co-exist without the ex-strategically tarnishing every minute of my life out of spite &; revenge. Anyway 2012 comes around ……………….. I am no longer relevant to my own Daughters future anymore as determined by the Australia Family Law Court in Brisbane due to the lack of connection as Father and Daughter while undertaking a case & DVO’ orders. I was removed from responsibility of my only child in 2012 because the court case took over 5 years with the use of strategic DVO’S without Police involvement.
    All conduct is without consideration of innocence or Family values other than self-serving…. I have endured total isolation using practiced and honed techniques on her previous Husband who committed suicide because she would not let him see his children.. TRUE STORY… HAIRDRESSERS use, lie & Twist the truth to anyone who will listen.
    Apparently my sacrifices, contributions both emotional and FINANCIAL go ignored forever under a nasty web of lies from a Mother of my child..

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