Category Archives: family law update

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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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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Rally in Canberra on 25 May

The Safety for Children Alliance are organising a rally in Canberra on 25 May to call for changes to be made to the Family Law Act. Visit their website for more information or to endorse the rally’s key messages. Women’s Legal … Continue reading

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Sign our online petition

We’ve put up an online petition for supporters of our campaign to sign. You can sign the petition here. Don’t forget to also put in a submission to the Senate Committee – see below for our position paper and submission … Continue reading

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Updated position paper and submission writing kit

We have updated our position paper and submission writing kit to assist others in making submissions to the Senate Committee inquiry into the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011. Submissions are due on 29 April … Continue reading

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