Lawyer bodies have renewed their call for Parliament to reject what they said is a “flawed family court merger bill.” The call came after Attorney-General Christian Porter reintroduced on Thursday morning draft laws to merge the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, maintaining that the planned combination has been corrected to take into account warnings from various stakeholders.
Changes to the Family Court proposed by Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter continue to draw the ire of those working in the front line of Family Law, including those in the ACT.
Mr Porter announced in August that he would push ahead with a controversial plan to merge the specialist Family Court of Australia with the lower-level Federal Circuit Court which handles some family law disputes alongside other cases.
Peak legal groups are calling on federal parliament to reject a revived proposal to merge the family courts.
Attorney-General Christian Porter has on Thursday reintroduced draft laws to merge the family and federal courts, insisting the plan has been tweaked after stakeholder feedback.
Legislation merging the specialist Family Court into a single generalist court will not alleviate the fundamental problems plaguing the family law system, including the risk of victims of family violence falling through the cracks.
Domestic violence in Australia, and indeed globally, is a growing issue. According to the latest data, one-in-six women have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or previous partner since the age of 15. That number increases to one-in-four when it comes to women who have experienced emotional abuse by a current or previous partner since that age.
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