One Nation leader Pauline Hanson’s unfounded claim women that lie about domestic abuse to deny fathers access to their children is what’s driving the latest parliamentary inquiry into the family law system.
But this isn’t a new idea. Hanson’s claim stems from a history of discrediting women in the family court, with gendered expressions “parental alienation” and “parental alienation syndrome” emerging in the 1980s. They’re expressions you can expect to hear as the inquiry unfolds across the country over the next year.
Greens co-deputy leader and spokesperson on women, Senator Larissa Waters will today receive a Change.org petition signed by more than 70,000 people calling for Senator Pauline Hanson to be removed as deputy chair of the family law inquiry.
It is being presented by Sherele Moody, who started the Change.org petition and is the founder of the RED HEART campaign, and Bianca Unwin, whose sister Katie Haley was murdered by her partner of four years in Melbourne last year.
A coalition of more than 60 legal organisations has urged the federal government to abandon a plan to scrap the Family Court as a stand-alone entity, warning that a proposed courts merger risks the safety of child and adult victims of family violence.
Attorney-General Christian Porter is at loggerheads with the country’s peak body for the legal profession, the Law Council of Australia, over his controversial plan to merge the specialist Family Court of Australia with the lower-level Federal Circuit Court.
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