Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011

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Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011

How to submit for dummies! | 03 April 2011
Due to popular demand!

It’s the current no.1 family law issue on everyone’s lips – on the street due to the recent Darcy Freeman tragedy judgement, all over the media, and the number one discussion topic of the single mums in our sister website, the single mother forum – how do we protect our kids from ongoing domestic violence and child abuse in the Australian Family Court system?

Now, there is a way to have your say – but only until 29 April 2011

You can help to change the current family laws that prioritise parents’ rights over children’s in court – by making a submission to the “Senate Legal and Constitutional Committees”. That is, if you have something to say about the way your child/ren were treated in court or through family law process that resulted in risk to your child, get typing or writing by the following methods…

Already submitted to the enquiry months ago?
You need to submit again – this is a whole new round

There are 3 ways to make a submission – select the one that is the (safest) choice for you

Step 1submit online
Step 2submit by email
Step 3submit by writing

That’s it – this is a fast process, only a month to submit this time around with the senate report being released on 23 June 2011.
We recommend is that you read the offical Senate website article (copied below), and located here

Further information….from the official Senate website:

On 25 March 2011 the Senate referred the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011 for inquiry and report.

The bill makes amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 to prioritise the safety of children in parenting matters where children and families are at risk of violence and abuse. The bill also makes several technical amendments which seek to correct drafting and minor policy matters, and provide other efficiencies for the courts and litigants.

Submissions should be received by 29 April 2011. The reporting date is 23 June 2011.

The Committee is seeking written submissions from interested individuals and organisations preferably in electronic form submitted online or sent by email to as an attached Adobe PDF or MS Word format document. The email must include full postal address and contact details.

Alternatively, written submissions may be sent to:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Read more at the Senate website here

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