Family Law Reform
25 March 2011
Professor Patrick Parkinson, AM comments on the Federal Government's legislation that aims to alter some of the Howard government's family law reforms.
In an interview with The World Today, Professor Parkinson the new bill fine-tunes the 2006 legislation.
"Well the 2006 reforms did a whole variety of things," he asserts.
"It was a very major reform package.
"The first one is to look at the benefit to the child of a meaningful relationship with both of the parents.
"The second primary consideration was to protect children from harm, from abuse.
"The current definition of family violence in the Act has been around in various forms for many years now and it essentially says it's behaviour that causes somebody to be afraid.
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