On Tuesday November 22 the Australian Senate narrowly passed the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011, despite the valiant protestations of Coalition politicians and a number of men's support agencies, including Dads in Distress.
CEO Barry Guidera remains positive; "While the outcome is disappointing, we have no regrets about participating in the democratic process. In fact, now that the potential implications have been clearly outlined, all parties and agencies, including the Family Court, will be watching whether these 'safeguards' will actually do more damage to children and families, rather than less. The law can always be revisited by future governments."
Warwick Marsh of Dads for Kids Fatherhood Foundation, summarized why the Bill was opposed;
"It removes the very wise friendly-parent provision, redefines family violence to mean anything anybody wants it to be, and removes any possible penalties for perjury and false accusation in the Family Law Court."
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Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation Media Release
Labor Greens Creating a Fatherless Society
'Shared Parenting Roll Back' Bill passes under cover of darkness
Last Tuesday 22 November 2011 at 9:53 pm, the Labor Green's controlled Senate passed the 'Shared Parenting Rollback' Bill 2011. (Family Law Amendment Bill 2011)
Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation, said, "This new legislation is nothing more than radical feminist ideologically-based, anti-family legislation that will ensure the destruction of more families, the suicide of more separated fathers and an increase in the heartbreak of more fatherless children. Julia Gillard as the Prime Minister must take full responsibility for this Legislation. Ms Gillard helped write the constitution for Emily's List and is a founding member. Emily's list has a radical feminist agenda and is the driving force in the Green's Labor Government."
"The fact that proper debate has been silenced (guillotined) and this legislation has been passed in the dead of the night, and out of the normal news cycle shows the trickery of the Labor Green's Coalition."
"Never before in the history of the Parliament have major changes to Family Law been enacted on any other than bipartisan agreement between the major parties. This proposed legislation is opposed by the Opposition, and rightly so, because it removes the very wise friendly-parent provision, redefines family violence to mean anything anybody wants it to be, and removes any possible penalties for perjury and false accusation in the Family Law Court."
Mr Marsh continued, "The Labor Green's government has embarked on an outright war against fatherhood and marriage. Emily's List will be promoting homosexual marriage at the upcoming Labor Conference in Sydney on 3 December 2011. Unfortunately Emily's List has many in the Labor Party under its spell. Marriage is what it is - the union of a man and a woman. To accept anything less, in law, is to rob children of their biological birthright. This is exactly what the new 'Shared Parenting Rollback' Family Law Amendment Bill 2011 will do for many more Australian children."
A 2009 Galaxy Poll revealed that 86% of Australians, including those in Labor Party heartland, believe that children should be reared by their biological mum and dad wherever possible."
Dads4Kids calls on all Australians to make a stand and reject the Labor Green's attack on fatherhood, marriage and children.
See ABC interview at here.
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