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Note: Please click onto the individual headings and other wording that are coloured below in blue for details of the actual speeches:
Please click onto the above heading for details of the speech on 9 August 2007 in Windows movie (wmv) format.
The speech states that Child Support Income wrongly equals taxable income + assets.
This is a report on the changes to family law and child legislation in 2006.
Part of the speech* states that: –
“Some progress has been made, particularly in family law, to correct previous legislative wrongs”.
“However, until significant changes are made to our family law legislation, the problems that we have in this area will continue”.
“The Child Support legislation has gone backward”.
* Note – the above positive family law changes have since been reversed by the Government in 2011. The current Family Law legislation is now worse than prior to the above changes in 2006.
Please click onto the above heading for details of the speech on 5 March 2009.
Equal pay for women is necessary. However it should not come at the cost to the health of the non-custodial parents.
The speech states that:-
“It is about separated partners and ex-lovers, etc having the same income as the other partner or ex-lover. Essentially, the legislation is caught up in the drive for “equal pay for ex-partners and ex-lovers. At the same time, this has become tangled up with the Government’s aim that separated parents are not to be a future cost to the Government”.
Please click onto the above heading for details of the speech on 17 June 2009.
The parents are the best people to determine what is in the best interests of their children – not Government bureaucrats.
The speech states that:-
“Government bureaucrats think that they are the ‘third’ parent and that we, as parents, are not capable of making decisions that affect both us and our children”.
“Bureaucrats are not the ‘parents’. Nor are they the parents of the ‘children’ referred to in the legislation”.
5. Member of the Marriage Delegation to the Parliament House, Canberra – 25 February 2010.
Resolution 4 was to:
“4. Continue to work towards reducing the divorce rate by making Family Law more equitable for all concerned. The introduction of a presumption of shared parental responsibility into family law was a positive step forward in ensuring more children maintain a meaningful relationship with both their mother and father following divorce or separation”.
“We reject the recent proposals to wind back or weaken this presumption and seek a guarantee that the presumption will be maintained as its stands”.
Please click onto the above heading for details of the speech on 18 June 2010.
The speech states in part that “determinations made on the basis of ‘capacity to earn’ by the CSA and the SSAT are simply not just“.
The speech then provides the reason by pointing out that:-
“Both the Child Support Agency and the Social Security Appeals Tribunal have more power than a court. At least, judges are governed by the rules of evidence.”
Speech at the ABC Federal Election Forum for the Federal Seat of Cunningham held at Woonona (Wollongong) on 27 August 2013.
Please click onto the above heading for details of the speech on 19 November 2013.
Please click onto the above heading for details of the speech on 2 February 2014.
10. Bipartisan Parliamentary Family Law Roundtable on Shared Parenting, Family Law and Men’s Health held on 1 October 2014.
ALP Senator Joe Bullock, NCPP(EP) John Flanagan, Hon George Christiansen MP, convenor Warwick Marsh and Independent Senator John Madigan and many politicians and interested people attended the Roundtable.
Details of our media interviews, submissions, and photos of our demonstrations can be clicked on the items in blue.