Speeches.

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1. Speech to the 2007 Lone Fathers Conference in Canberra on 9 August 2007

Please click onto the above heading for details of the speech on 9 August 2007 in Windows movie (wmv) format.

John Flanagan speaking at the 2007 Lone Fathers Conference in Canberra.

The speech states that Child Support Income wrongly equals taxable income + assets.

2.  Speech to the Wests Illawarra Community Meeting, Unanderra (Wollongong) – 20 Nov 2008.

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.

3. Speech to the Men’s and Fathers Health Roundtable,  Sydney – 5 March 2009.

Please click onto the above heading for details of the speech on 5 March 2009.

Men and Father's Health Roundtable on 5 March 2009.

Men and Father’s Health Roundtable held in Sydney on 5 March 2009. Convenor Warwick Marsh with NCPP(EP) John Flanagan.

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”.

4.  Speech to the Men’s Health Conference, Canberra – 17 June 2009.

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.

Marriage Delegation held on 25 February 2010.

Marriage Delegation to Parliament House, Canberra held on 25 February 2010. Tony Abbott, the then Leader of the Opposition meeting NCPP(EP)’s John Flanagan.

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”.

6. Speech to the Lone Fathers Conference, Canberra – Capacity to Earn – 18 June 2010.

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.”

7. ABC Federal Election Forum held for the Federal Seat of Cunningham on 27 August 2013.

ABC Forum on 27 August 2013.

John Flanagan at the ABC Forum on 27 August 2013.

Speech at the ABC Federal Election Forum for the Federal Seat of Cunningham held at Woonona (Wollongong) on 27 August 2013.

8. Men and Father’s Strategic Roundtable held at Parliament House, Canberra on 19 November 2013.

Please click onto the above heading for details of the speech on 19 November 2013.

John Flanagan and Warwick Marsh at Men and Father's Strategic Roundtable held on 19 November 2013.

John Flanagan and Warwick Marsh at Men and Father’s Strategic Roundtable held on 19 November 2013.

Men and Father's Strategic Roundtable on 19 November 2013

Plague given to the NCPP(EP at the Men and Father’s Strategic Roundtable on 19 November 2013

9. Speech at the Liberal Democratic Conference held in Sydney on 2 February 2014.

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.

ALP Senator Joe Bullock, NCPP(EP) John Flanagan, LNP George Christiansen MP, convenor Warwick Marsh and Senator John Madigan at the bipartisan Parliamentary Family Law Roundtable held on 1 October 2014.

ALP Senator Joe Bullock, NCPP(EP) John Flanagan, LNP George Christiansen MP, convenor Warwick Marsh and Senator John Madigan at the bipartisan Parliamentary Family Law Roundtable held on 1 October 2014.

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