On 6 December 2017, the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (CTH) ('the Bill') was introduced in the Senate as part of a package to improve the family justice system, alongside the Family Law Amendment (Parenting Management Hearings) Bill 2017 (CTH). For an overview of the second Bill, read TimeBase’s earlier article. The Bill is related to this year's announcement of an overhaul and review of the family law system by the Attorney-General, which has been reported on by TimeBase previously.
The Bill proposes to amend the Family Law Act 1975 (CTH) in order to provide for the management and resolution of family law matters, and to strengthen the powers of the court sot better protect victims of family violence. Some of the key amendments are:
In a, it was stated:
In his second reading speech, Senator James McGrath highlighted that the Bill is in response to the creation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. In addition he also stated that the Bill responds directly to the 2016 report by the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, an overview of which has been provided by TimeBase previously.
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Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (CTH) and second reading speech, as published on TimeBase LawOne.
[Media release] ',' Attorney-General of Australia, 6 December 2017.
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