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Family Court shake-up 'frightening' (NZ)

A shake-up of the Family Court could end counselling and mediation services, introduce more user charges and restrict cases that can come before the court. One family court lawyer says the review is "frightening", and others are predicting essential services may be chopped and vulnerable parties be left without court protection. The main blow-outs have been in professional services, such as counselling (from $37.6 million to $60.7 million in five years), and family legal aid (doubled to $50.3 million)

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Sex therapist tipped for federal post

Sex therapist Bettina Arndt has been tipped as the favourite to replace newly-elected NSW MP Pru Goward as federal sex-discrimination commissioner. Ms Arndt, 58, is said to be Prime Minister John Howard's favoured candidate for the position, with Mr Howard poised to hand-pick the next commissioner, she is a clinical psychologist and social commentator and edited the controversial Australian Forum magazine for four years. She has been a great advocate for shared parenting and has taken up many issues around the Family Court and Child Support Agency.

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Dads on the Air

Dads on the Air is registered as a not-for-profit group with the NSW Department of Fair Trading.

The show played a pivotal role in the debate over family law reform, acting as a conduit for groups and individuals who could not get their voices heard in the mainstream media.

As the years have passed DOTA has widened its focus to cover broader social issues concerning parenthood and gender issues and to promote a positive view of fathers and…

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Father entitled to a rehearing due to error in Rice & Asplund finding

A father was entitled to a rehearing of parenting proceedings that had been decided several years earlier, because the Federal Magistrate erred in his application of the rule in Rice and Asplund. Some years prior to the filing of the application, a final order had been made, after a contested hearing, which provided that the children live with the mother and spend time with the father for four days a fortnight and half of the school holidays. An important appeal case to be reviewed.


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NT: A presumption in favour of a DVO applicant, who has children in…

The NT Domestic Violence Act has been completely overhauled. It will provide an even greater incentive for false allegations in family law matters. Changes include: 1) Increasing the maximum penalty for breaching a Domestic Violence Order from 6 months to 2 years. 2) A presumption in favour of a DVO applicant, who has children in their care, remaining in the family home. 3) Economic abuse and intimidation being explicit grounds for orders…

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CSA tactics backfire as parents move overseas

The Courier-Mail has learned that the Government has clamped down on the use of controversial Department Prohibition Orders (DPOs). The orders were previously slapped on non-paying parents and those who tried to fly out of the country were held by Customs and Border Protection. But while 1,351 of the orders were issued in two years to July 2009, in the past financial year only 183 departure prohibition rulings were made. The windback comes after Centrelink was accused of flippant use of them in a 2009 Ombudsman's report.

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Duels out, child neglect strengthened in law reform

The Criminal Code and Other Acts Amendment Bill, passed by Queensland State Parliament last night, equipped Queensland with a criminal code that reflected a contemporary society. The amendments also introduce new offences into the code, one specifically aimed at parents and carers who leave their children unsupervised for an unreasonable period. Parents and carers who leave children aged under 12 abandoned in public places, vehicles or home alone for unreasonably long periods face three years in prison. The changes include an increase from two years to 14 years in prison for an accessary to manslaughter or attempted murder.

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I won't rest until I find my boy

NSW Fire Brigades deputy commissioner Ken Thompson has quit his job and begun a lone crusade across Europe to find his kidnapped son. Andrew Thompson was three years old when he was abducted by his mother, Melinda Stratton, on April 24, 2008. They flew to Frankfurt in Germany and vanished. Ms Stratton remains on the run and Mr Thompson is determined to do what the Australian Federal Police, Interpol and missing children's organisations have not.

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No one is above the Law

The fall was complete for Einfeld, once a Queen's Counsel, Federal Court judge, National Trust living treasure and president of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission….That unpaid $75 speeding fine has cost him his title as Queen's Counsel, his Order of Australia honour, his reputation and at least two years in jail.

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