Author Archives: Women's Legal Services Australia

About Women's Legal Services Australia

Women's Legal Services Australia is a national network of community legal centres specialising in women’s legal issues. Contact us at wlsa AT clc.net.au.

Family violence changes to commence in June

The main changes in the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2011 will commence on 7 June 2012. Women’s Legal Services Victoria has prepared a Guide to the Act that includes a table which sets out … Continue reading

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Parliament has passed the Family Law Bill!!

According to the  House of Representatives live minutes, the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill (with government amendments) passed through the House of Representatives at 11.59am – ie, it has now been passed by Parliament! Different parts … Continue reading

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The Senate has passed the Bill

The Senate passed the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill last night with the government amendments. The Bill now goes back to the House to consider the amendments made in the Senate.

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Proposed government amendments to Bill now available

The Government has issued its proposed amendments and a supplementary Explanatory Memorandum in response to the Senate Committee Report on the Bill. In short, it seems the proposed amendments would: implement recommendation 1 by clarifying that greater weight should be given … Continue reading

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Senate Committee supports the Bill!

The Senate Committee report was tabled in Parliament last night, and the Committee has come out in support of the Bill! The Committee has also recommended some minor changes, including clarifying that the safety of children must be the priority … Continue reading

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Senate Committee transcripts are now available

The Senate Committee hearing took place on Friday, 8 July in Canberra. Women’s Legal Services Australia appeared as a witness along with a number of other government and non-government organisations. You can find the transcript from the hearings online at … Continue reading

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Make a submission to the Senate Inquiry!!

Although the deadline for submissions has closed, we have heard that the Committee is still accepting submissions for its inquiry into the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011, although you need to get these in … Continue reading

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The House has passed the Bill

Today the House of Representatives passed the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill. No amendments were made to the Bill and it was passed with the support of independent members Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Andrew … Continue reading

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It’s a big day today!

Well, it’s a big day today… The Rally for Children’s Safetyis on! The Bill is set to be debated in the House of Representatives around lunchtime. The Coalition have announced they have some concerns about the Bill. The Attorney-General has … Continue reading

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Update on the Bill

The Bill was listed in yesterday’s notice paper for debate in the House of Representatives but the House ran out of time, so we expect the debate to take place when the House next sits (in the week beginning 23 … Continue reading

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