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I'm sure everyone on here knows that the Attorney General has called for submissions and information regarding his possible review of the 2006 Shared Parenting Laws.

Are you all aware that you are able to make submissions about this matter?

Time is running out.
I hadn't heard about this, would love to hear more about it thought.
Do you have a link to anything about this?
The link is:

http://ag.gov.au/www/agd/agd.nsf/Page/Families_FamilyCourtsViolenceReview

Note that the closing date for submissions is 16 October 2009.
Hi,
Sorry, i might have been a bit obtuse in my previous post.

In 2006 the Howard Government introduced new legislation that changed the way children spend time with their parents after separation or divorce.  This legislation is now being investigated by the Attorney Generals Department with a view to possibly repealing some of the new legislation.  No one really knows for sure what the outcome will be.

The Attorney Generals Department has announced a review of this legislation and is calling for submissions by interested parties/stakeholders and has apparently contracted some organisations to research and investigate this as there has been many calls that the new legislation is flawed and not working as it was intended to. (This is in laymans terms)

Relationships Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies, etc are all participating in this research and/or making submissions.  Interestingly i am on the Attorney Generals site now and i can't find any links.  I'll call them tomorrow, about that oversight.

I have already participated in the Relationships Australia and AIFS research.  Perhaps they are a good place to start.

Anyone that is experiencing difficulties around shared parenting should try to make a submission in my opinion.  How else can we be heard or make a difference if we don't
Is this the review being conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies?

There are currently two major submissions.

The AIFS one, which is the review function that was built in to the Amended Act. The second is a separate review on Family Violence requested by the AG and is being undertaken by Professor Chisholm.

The SPCA in conjunction with the major groups on this site has made submissions for both reviews.

Executive Member of SRL-Resources, the Family Law People on this site (look for the Avatars) Be mindful what you post in public areas. 
Hi Agog

Are the submissions which have been made by the SPCA and other groups accessible for viewing at this stage? I would be interested in having a look.
Bugger…these are all good questions.  I'm sorry, but i don't know all of the information.

I do know that the Australian Institute of Family Studies is involved because i just completed the interview with them last week after completing a rather lengthy survey form they sent to me.

I do know that Relationships Australia is involved because i also participated in another study a few months back.

As for who else, i'm sorry i don't know.

But i will call the A.G's office tomorrow and find out and then i will be back and post it all on here.

Silly me, figured that because the whole saga has been ongoing for so long and been featured in so many aspects of the media that everyone would know about it, and i was just jogging memories.  Obviously i was wrong.

What's happening is that many groups (i'm sorry, but most are female) are now saying that the presumption of equal shared parenting and even equal time isn't working.  The A.G is now looking at changing the rules.
Daddy1 said
Anyone that is experiencing difficulties around shared parenting should try to make a submission in my opinion.  How else can we be heard or make a difference if we don't

I would suggest that those not experiencing problems, that have shared parenting and find how well it works, make submissions along the lines that it does work. Also submissions from those who follow a parallel parenting and find that successful, otherwise that proverbial needle in the haystack could result in the legisaltion being changed to adversely affect the vast majority of children of separation.
Unfortunately they are not. Essentially they remain private until the 'receivers' make them public.

The SRL-R group contributed much material on ICLs and the FRCs which are what might be described as 'hot topics' in some areas on this site.

Unfortunately we cannot even put the submissions (or snippets) into our closed site areas.

The AIFS wanted to know what was working and what was not. This means that organisations such as the SPCA can present a global view based on multiple experiences since the Act was amended.

Executive Member of SRL-Resources, the Family Law People on this site (look for the Avatars) Be mindful what you post in public areas. 
Unfortunately many people do not read the submission criteria correctly and often make a very personal submission based on a 'one off' case experience.

These submissions usually go into a big pile of 'interesting but'.

Sure if enough people complained that 'x' was causing a problem it would add more weight if the issue was being raised elsewhere.

It is often the more researched based submissions from the larger organisation that are known to and recognised by the Government (or in this case the AIFS) that get the most air time in close door committees.

Many of these organisations are often recognised peak bodies.

For those worrying about any future changes just remember the AG cannot just change the Act. The last amendments were bi partisan and had to go through both houses.

Executive Member of SRL-Resources, the Family Law People on this site (look for the Avatars) Be mindful what you post in public areas. 

Thank You

That's very reassuring Agog, thank you.

To be honest as my situation with my ex is not as good as it could be, i do have occasional moments of concern when i hear there will be a review and possible changes.  Particularly when it seems that so many groups (mainly women unfortunately) continue to lobby so vehemently for change.

Never thought i would experience paranoia, or irrational concerns, but there you go.

Amazing how much the thought of losing even a little bit of time with your child can affect us isn't it.

Your comments about the Government preferring submissions from recognised bodies is of course very accurate.  But i think that if myself and others who feel they have something to contribute contact the organisations the Government is listening to, then hopefully that might be a plus.  The interviews and information i supplied was apparently well received.
Daddy1 said

Amazing how much the thought of losing even a little bit of time with your child can affect us isn't it.

The last changes were not retrospective for 'orders' as Ruddock made plainly clear. IF there are any changes McClelland would be in the same position as the previous AG - the Courts could not handle it.

Daddy1 said
Your comments about the Government preferring submissions from recognised bodies is of course very accurate. But i think that if myself and others who feel they have something to contribute contact the organisations the Government is listening to, then hopefully that might be a plus. The interviews and information i supplied was apparently well received.
I think you were probably participating in research that RA will use in their submission.
The larger organisations have either been conducting ad hoc or ongoing research for some time.

Executive Member of SRL-Resources, the Family Law People on this site (look for the Avatars) Be mindful what you post in public areas. 
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