Children at risk – Australian Family Law Act must be amended immediately: Greens

Family Law Act must be amended immediately: Greens

The Australian Greens are calling on the Attorney-General Robert McClelland to amend the Family Law Act as a matter of priority in light of the findings of the Chisholm report.

“The report confirms what many groups, including the Greens, said would happen,” said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family Law.

“We said at the time the Howard Government was forcing the changes through the Senate in 2006 that the amendments would put women and children at risk.

“It clearly put the rights of parents ahead of the interests of children. The Howard Government deliberately worded the amendments in such a way that there is a de facto presumption of equal time. That is exactly what the former government wanted,” Senator Siewert said.

“The notion of equal shared parenting as amended in the act reflects a commodification of children that fails to address the best interests of the child. It is no wonder that this is leading to very significant problems.

“It was also obvious at the time that the changes to the definition of domestic violence, together with the introducing of fines for making ‘unsubstantiated’ claims of abuse, were going to put women and children at risk.

“Unfortunately the warnings of family law experts to the Senate inquiry were ignored and three years on what they warned of has happened.

“The Government must now amend the Family Law Act. Consideration of shared care is an important starting point for family law, but the Howard amendments went beyond the concept of shared care to a de facto assumption of equal shared care.

“These changes need to be reversed as a matter of priority,” concluded Senator Siewert.

The Australian Greens dissenting report on the Howard Government changes

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Australian Greens Senators for Western Australia

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Australian PM backs down on Close the Gap for Indigenous promise: Greens

PM backs down on Close the Gap promise: Greens

The Australian Greens question the Rudd Government’s ability to Close the Gap in Aboriginal life expectancy and health disadvantage, if the PM can’t even keep his commitment to report to Parliament on the first day of sitting.

“The Greens are concerned it appears Mr Rudd won’t be reporting on progress in closing the gap on the first day of Parliament on Tuesday,” said Senator Rachel Siewert.

“Two years after making the commitment that while-ever he was Prime Minister, the first sitting day of parliament every year would be marked by a report on the government’s progress in “closing the gap” between black and white Australians – it looks like Mr Rudd will have a 100% failure rate, having never managed to keep this commitment.”

Mr Rudd made this promise in London in a speech reporting on the apology to the stolen generations a month after that event.

“Perhaps it is because Mr Rudd can’t put such a positive spin on progress?” suggests Senator Siewert.

“There have been few houses built, Aboriginal communities still don’t have access to essential services, and the health and education services till aren’t meeting Aboriginal needs,” she said.

Meanwhile the discriminatory Northern Territory Invention is still in place, and the Rudd Government is attempting to water down Native Title legislation yet again.

“Kevin Rudd should be embarrassed by situations such as occurred last year, when his Government refused to take the lead in resolving a dispute over essential dialysis services in Central Australia, and when his Minister for Indigenous Affairs was caught out deliberately misquoting figures to support the discriminatory NT Intervention.”

“Mr Rudd seemed very keen on Indigenous issues around the time of the apology when he claimed “…the mood of the nation on Indigenous policy and politics is now very simple” but since then he hasn’t found it so simple to restore the Racial Discrimination Act or to deliver reparations to the Stolen Generations.”

“Resolving Aboriginal disadvantage is not simple, and will take much more than spin to fix,” concluded Senator Siewert.

Media Contact: Fernando De Freitas

Fernando de Freitas
Media Advisor

Office of Scott Ludlam & Rachel Siewert

Australian Greens Senators for Western Australia

Suite S1.36 Parliament House, Canberra ACT
P: 02 6277 3467 |


audio – New tactics from anti whaling ship MV Steve Irwin as she sails into the Southern Ocean

After replenishing in Fremantle (the port city of Perth, West Australia) the vessel MV Steve Irwin is making good headway south to again protect whales being hunted by a Japanese “research” fleet.

The crew face increasingly violent opposition from the Japanese “research” ships illegally slaughtering whales.

They are there because the Australian Government has refused to do the right thing and force the whale killing to stop.

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Pedro Montero on Jan 31st 0430 Perth time

ABC News: Australian Mental health funding to double

Mental health funding to double

Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon says funding for mental health care programs will double over the next four years, amid concerns that its rebate scheme is not reaching those in need.

The scheme allows people to claim a Medicare rebate on psychologist appointments if they are referred by their…

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A little friday fun – don’t know the origin of these gems, but hope u enjoy – via my brother, Jordan

Good advice from a friend.

Five rules for men to follow for a happy life.

1. It’s important to have a woman who helps at home, cooks from time to
time, cleans up and has a job.

2. It’s important to have a woman who can make you laugh.

3. It’s important to have a woman who you can trust and who doesn’t lie
to you.

4. It’s important to have a woman who is good in bed and who likes to be
with you.

5. It’s very, very important that these four women do not know each


Tiger Woods

Research confirms that drinking gives you the same benefits yoga does !!!

Position of total relaxation.

Position that brings the sensation of peace and calm.

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
This position calms the brain and heals tired legs.

Position stimulates the midirift area and the spinal comumn.

Excelent for back pain and imsomnia.

Excelent for the shoulder area, thorax, legs, and arms.

Great excersice to stimulate the lumbar area, legs, and arms.

Ananda Balasana
This position is great for masaging the hip area.

This position, for ankles and back muscles.
Tones the body, and builds flexibility and helps get rid of ‘stress’.

So, lets start drinking ………….