For the chil­dren

The West Australian - - LETTERS -

Why does Fed­eral Cir­cuit Court Chief Judge John Pas­coe, on be­ing made a Com­pan­ion of the Or­der of Aus­tralia (AC) last week, sug­gest to ABC News that more judges and more money are the so­lu­tion for a fam­ily court sys­tem that is caus­ing im­mense harm to tens of thou­sands of chil­dren?

More judges won’t make fam­ily courts less ad­ver­sar­ial. More money won’t make them af­ford­able to the vast ma­jor­ity of Aus­tralian par­ents. And re­duc­ing court cases from three to two years won’t stop thou­sands of chil­dren from be­ing harmed for life. The harm is done in the first few months, when chil­dren are wrongly left with abu­sive par­ents, or wrong­fully re­moved from good ones — by a court try­ing to ad­dress mat­ters in which it lacks ex­per­tise.

This week’s mo­tion be­fore the Aus­tralian Se­nate, call­ing for ma­jor fam­ily re­form and a new, non-ad­ver­sar­ial sys­tem, comes not a mo­ment too soon. David Curl, spokesman, Fam­ily Law Re­form Coali­tion

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