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First 100 days Family Law Campaign - 96 to go and counting !

FIRST 100 DAYS FAMILY LAW CAMPAIGN

96 TO GO AND COUNTING

A Prime Minister for All Australians?

         Kevin Rudd has described himself as a Prime Minister for all Australians. He presents himself as a man of principle.

         For example, he has indicated he will not bow to special interest groups in appointing his Cabinet but rather appoint and promote on merit.

         With respect to Family Law, FLAG is giving Mr Rudd 100 days from his election on 24 November 2007 to show his true colours.

Bad Law

         Currently the law and its application by various Federal and State agencies:

o        allows children to be removed from good parents for no reason;

o        forces children into the care of emotionally, physically or sexually abusive parents; and

o        financially and emotionally ruins non-custodial parents.

Results

         Every day at least three parents take their own lives as the direct result of bad law and its application.

         The children who suffer from this state supported emotional, physical and sexual violence are significantly more likely to:

o        Run away from home;

o        Become involved with drugs;

o        Be admitted to psychiatric institutions; and

o        Become involved in the most violent crimes, including assault, rape, arson and murder.

         Fixing Family Law will have flow on benefits by significantly reducing the drain on limited health and police budgets.

The Issue is Not Evidence

         FLAG and other families' and children's rights groups have tried for years to present the facts to Federal and State Governments with little or no success.

         Both sides of politics express surprise and doubt at research that does not support their ideological position - neither side will examine the issue objectively.

         Research and findings used by various Federal and State Governments range from lazy and disingenuous through to downright dishonest and corrupt.

         A recent example of the latter was a researcher conducting a study into suicide being told to exclude family law related suicides or risk having the research funding cut.

         One must ask the question - 'In whose interest is it for the current situation to be allowed to continue?'

Gaps in Family Law

         FLAG maintains that three major gaps in Family Law and its application are the cause of most of the problems destroying Australian families and Australia:

o        Wildly inconsistent judgements with regard to the equal shared parenting and responsibility;

o        False allegations by one or both parties to improve the respective positions in the eyes of the court;

o        The lack of a legal duty of care of the State with regard to children removed from their parents.

Solutions

         International experience has shown that three simple changes will have an immediate and beneficial effect on the current appalling situation in Australia. These are amendments to Family Law to ensure:

o        The rebuttable presumption of equal shared parenting,

o        Zero tolerance of false allegations, and

o        A legal duty of care by the State with respect to children removed from parents.

         To be effective, the amendments listed above must be supported by:

o        The abolition of family case law, and

o        The legislation be under the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

Bad Law Makers

         Does FLAG have a positive expectation of the new Government?

         Not at all because Mr Rudd has some bad law makers in his team.

         Nicola Roxon is one of many in the new Government who believe that a parent who intentionally perjures themselves in the Family Court should not be held to account.

         Once again the question must be asked - 'In whose interest is it for the current situation to be allowed to continue?'

   

MR RUDD HAS 96 DAYS LEFT TO DEMONSTRATE THAT HE IS A MAN OF PRINCIPLE AND A
PRIME MINISTER FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS
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