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Monday, 30 November 1998
Page: 910


Senator BROWN (5:42 PM) —I want to take the opportunity to ask the minister whether the government has considered the Californian alternative to the approach to custodianship of children, that the first effort and the aim predicating the whole resolution of child support and therefore child guardianship—and I am talking about general law here not just child support, but the child support comes out of custodianship—must be that both parents be given equal custodian rights when these matters are being determined. This is quite different from the Australian approach, which is that one parent be given the primary custodian role and the other one be a supporter with access rights and so on.