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INTERNATIONAL PARENTAL CHILD ABDUCTION

FLRA are running an information night on this important subject with KEN THOMPSON as the guest speaker.

Following the abduction of his son to Europe in 2008, Ken has become an expert on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA) and the Hague Convention.  Currently, IPCA is only a crime when parenting matters are before the Family Court of Australia or when a Parenting Order is already in place.  Ken has given evidence before a Senate Inquiry into IPCA and is working towards IPCA being included as a general offence under the Crimes Act, whether or not Parenting matters are before the Family Court of Australia.

He will be happy to answer any questions at the end of his presentation.

In recognition of his efforts to find his son and to raise international awareness about IPCA, Ken was named 2011 Father of the Year in The Netherlands.

Newspaper reports on this abduction case have previously been published on this site. Ken is the Father that cycled around Europe searching for his Son.

WHEN:               MONDAY, 7th MAY, 2012
WHERE:             In the Flinders Room, Level 2
                        Bankstown Sports Club,
                        Greenfield Parade, Bankstown
TIME:                8 p.m.
RSVP:               Friday, 4th May, 2012
CONTACT:        Coral Slattery, secretary Phone 9542.2459 or Email Coral

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Stronger laws to deal with International Child Abduction

A discussion paper was distributed earlier this year that outlines key elements that are under consideration. This paper will no doubt be discussed at the seminar.

I have attached also the Ministers September 2011 Press release in relation to overseas abduction matters.

The proposed changes announced are based on advice provided to the Government by the Family Law Council. The package includes:
  • Allowing the Family Law Courts to suspend child support payments for parents who abduct their children overseas to both Hague and non-Hague signatory countries, where they are satisfied it is in the best interests of the child;
  • New criminal offences under the Family Law Act to include the wrongful retention of a child overseas with a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment (currently it is only an offence to remove a child overseas);
  • Extending the coverage of the offences to include where a parent attends, or has been invited to attend, family dispute resolution, as well as if an application for parenting orders has been filed with the family law courts;
    Attorney-General Media Release Page 2 of 2
  • Removing potential barriers for foreign courts to order the return of children to Australia by providing the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions with the ability to give an undertaking that prosecution will not be pursued if a child is returned to Australia;
  • Greater powers for the Australian Family Law Courts to require individuals or entities to provide information to the Commonwealth Central Authority (CCA) to assist in locating children wrongfully removed from or retained outside Australia; and
  • Adding defences to the offences including fleeing from violence and protecting children from imminent harm.

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Ministers September 2011 Press release


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Discussion paper

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