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Premier calls for changes to co-parent laws

Misinformed Premier's attempt to roll back shared parenting laws and children's right to a relationship with their father

Misinformed Premier's attempt to roll back shared parenting laws and children's right to a relationship with their father.

When will the Labour Party stop defining families as being women and children only and become father-inclusive?

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Premier calls for changes to co-parent laws

Sydney - A harrowing account of a woman's struggle to escape her abusive husband has sparked calls from NSW Premier Morris lemma for changes to co-parenting laws for separated parents.

Under a massive overhaul of family law by the Federal Government in March, judges must consider granting parents equal time with their children after a family break-down.

Mr lemma said
It appeared the new laws were not working because they ended up, in some cases, having a perverse effect on women and children who had escaped abusive relationships. I would say that, certainly, the Federal authorities ought to heed the message of those victims who are now recounting how a black and white application of a 50:50 (co-parenting) rule, without taking into account circumstances, has the perverse effect of making life worse for the woman and for the child, he said yesterday.

Rather than making it better, it is actually increasing the harassment and the intimidation and prevents the mother and the child from rebuilding their lives.
Mr lemma made the comments after announcing an extra $28 million, four year package to improve support services for victims of domestic violence.

Details of the package were released ahead of today's White Ribbon Day, which aims to raise awareness of violence against women.

Shortly before making his announcement to an audience of domestic violence support groups, Mr lemma heard one woman's disturbing tale of her battle to escape her abusive husband.

The woman said she and her young son left her drug-dependent husband in 2000 after 10 years of emotional, physical and verbal abuse.

The women at the center of the claims said
she had been ordered by the Family Court to adhere to a 50:50 shared parenting plan, which she said kept her at the mercy of her abusive former husband.
Although the court ordered 50:50 parenting, these circumstances are not reflected in real life, she said. These orders do not fit into narrow, predefined pigeon holes
The NSW Opposition spokeswoman on women's issues, Catherine Cusack, said the State Government needed to do more to prevent deaths related to domestic violence.

NSW Opposition spokeswoman on women's issues, Catherine Cusack said
 I call on the Government to set up a domestic violence homicide review  team to mirror the work of the NSW child deaths review team.The NSW Domestic Violence Committee Coalition and NSW Women's Refuge Movement have been calling for a review team, and drawing attention to the domestic violence-related deaths of at least 16 NSW women this year,she said.
Meanwhile, Federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley pledged to set up a national council on violence against women and children if Labor wins government next year.

Last edit: by OneRingRules

Federal Director  -  Shared Parenting Council of Australia

Talk is cheap .. especially for polititians

Talk is cheap for polititians, because usually it is someone else who pays the price. And I sure would like to see her orders and a transcript of the trial!

The provisions for the issuing of AVOs or Protection Orders were always the cheap substitute for funding adequite resourses and training to facilitate proper investigations of allegation of abuse & violence which after remain criminal matters and fall under the States' Legislative Juristiction.

The fact remains that someone (of either gender) who is genuinely abusive and/violent deserves to be charged!

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