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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 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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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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What changes will the Bill make?

This update is for people interested in looking at the details of the legislation. We’ll be providing some plain English materials on the Bill and the changes it would make in the next week or so. We have put together … Continue reading

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Bill referred to Senate Committee for inquiry

The Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill has been referred to the Senate Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee for an inquiry. Submissions are due on 29 April and the Committee will report back to the Senate on 23 … Continue reading

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Encourage the Shadow Ministry to support the Family Violence Bill

The Shadow Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, has announced that the Liberal Party is likely to support the Family Violence Bill, and that Shadow Cabinet will be considering this next week. We expect that there will be some small but vocal … Continue reading

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