Inquiry into family violence orders – Parliament of Australia

The Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs adopted an inquiry into family violence orders on 4 June 2024, following a referral from the Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP.

The Committee is seeking written submissions, addressing one or more of the terms of reference by Friday, 19 July 2024.

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2 thoughts on “Inquiry into family violence orders – Parliament of Australia”

  1. The system itself has become weaponised, a tool for perpetrators. A rich perpetrator (male, in the case I am thinking of) can too easily inflict a Family Violence Order on his (impoverished, female) victim. And in that case, the presiding judge turned out to be as big a simpleton (by virtue of his legalistic training) and as prone to illegitimate influence, as many of our politicians. Legal and political systems are failing miserably. The terms of reference for this inquiry reflect an oversimplification of family violence and the law. Empowering victims is well and good – provided that the court has correctly identified the victim and perpetrator in a dispute. Access to justice is absolutely denied to those without financial means. And in our experience, even “legal aid” is a complete travesty of access to justice. For most, I would expect, access to justice is a costly exercise in futility. Injustice, however, is richly dispensed via the Family Court.

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