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A wish list a mile long - No help for parents that cant see kids!

Review of the Family Law System - Discussion Paper 86
Discussion Paper 86 (DP 86) October 2018

This Discussion Paper reflects the law as at 14 September 2018.

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) was established on 1 January 1975 by the Law Reform Commission Act 1973 (Cth) and reconstituted by the Australian Law Reform Commission Act 1996 (Cth).

Making a submission
Any public contribution to an inquiry is called a submission.

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The Australian reporter on a mission

In response to a range of reports from the Australian, Warwick Marsh from the Fatherhood Foundation reports it has been proved that when shared parenting laws are introduced less marriages end in divorce. The whole concept behind shared parenting is that Children need both a mother and father. Michael Green QC, said yesterday recent decisions proved that the right of a child to have a meaningful relationship with both parents after separation was being taken seriously by the court.

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Category: General

Family Court case studies - A Western Australian Disgrace

Reporter John Flint recounts some recent, controversial Family Court cases.

August 2006: Two WA children, aged 10 and eight, were flown to Switzerland to be reunited with their mother following a decision in the WA Family Court.

October 2006: A WA father was knocked back in his decade-long quest to meet his daughter, aged 10. He had been trying to locate and establish contact with the girl since her mother took her to a secret location interstate when she was a baby.

November 2006: An intellectually disabled man was told he was not allowed any contact with his son. The court agreed that the boy, also intellectually disabled, had nothing to gain from knowing his father, who had tried for 10 years to get access.


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Category: Courts

Justice Carmody - A Judge making most difficult decisions is under…

Justice Carmody again in difficulty with his decisions
Letters to The Australian

Surely the Attorney General will act?

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Category: Courts

Independant SA Member Ann Bressington fires warning shot at child a…

Independent MLC Ann Bressington has asked questions in the South Australian parliament, of the South Australian Police Minister, in the apparent failure to properly investigate a serious case of child abuse on behalf of a constituent. Ann advised the minister that four weeks ago a distressed father contacted her office regarding the mother of his four year old daughter allegedly attempting to perform female circumcision on the little girl with a kitchen knife in the shower of her home. The girl's older brother, aged six, witnessed the incident and a medical report from the Lyell McEwin Hospital assessed the child to be at risk. Last week (approximately four weeks after the incident) police interviewed the child and told the father, `This is a cultural issue. We don't expect this to go any further.' When the father pointed out that the six year old brother saw it and had stated this, he was told, `Well, children say things sometimes, you know.' He was also told that the mother was asked if she did it and she had said `No', and that it would not be pursued any further.

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Category: General

Domestic violence: the other half of the story

Media coverage of a new report released last week by the White Ribbon Foundation focusing solely upon violence by men against women and girls, has been criticized by a leading men's health organisation for only telling half of the story. "One would think after following last week's news, that the only violence happening in Australian society is male-on-female. Nothing could be further from the truth," said Greg Andresen, Media Consultant with Men's Heath Australia.

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Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting) Request for Candidate…

The forthcoming Federal Election will be held on Saturday, 24 November 2007. The Election is one of the few avenues where we can show the major political parties that family law issues are important. Would you consider either? 1. Providing a donation to the Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting) 's election fund? (donations are tax deductible up to $1500.00) 2. Running as a candidate for the Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting)? A candidate's election costs are tax deductible. (You need to be an Australian citizen. However you cannot be an employee of the Commonwealth Government at the time of the Election). or 3. Giving out "how-to-vote" cards on the day of the Election. Our target is to run, at least, two (2) candidates for the Senate in the each of the six (6) States and the two (2) Territories. We also aim to run candidates for the House of Representatives.

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Australia Bans Flu vaccine for children under 5

Australian health authorities have announced a nation-wide ban on children under 5 being vaccinated for the seasonal flu. The move comes after Western Australian health authorities reported a batch of children under five suffered high temperatures and convulsions after being vaccinated. Australia's chief medical officer Jim Bishop this morning said  I'm advising all doctors today not to use it until we know a bit more.

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Cash strapped couples lift divorce rate

The number of divorces granted in Australia rose for the first time in almost a decade as some experts suggest the increase could be linked to growing money worries. The number of divorces rose to 49,448 in 2009, an increase of five per cent, or 2239, on the total in 2008, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures reveal. It's the first increase in the number and rate of divorces since 2001.

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Binding financial agreement (aka prenup) changes

The popularity of prenuptial agreements is expected to surge after laws that strengthen them took effect on Monday. Research has found that 14 per cent of engaged couples signed prenups, which are considered binding financial agreements under Australian law. Binding financial agreements had become much more popular recently and the trend would continue. The Australian government is recognising this need.

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