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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3109


Mr Jacobi asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 13 October 1977:

(   1 ) How many enforcement officers have been appointed to the Family Court

(2)   Will the Attorney-General give consideration to instructing the Commonwealth and/or State Police to locate actively children abducted by a spouse during the course of hearings associated with family break-down or in defiance of custody orders granted by a Court

(3)   Is it a fact that administrative arrangements at present are such that the Commonwealth Police will not actively move to trace children even when custody orders are violated by a spouse unless an order is made for the arrest of the offending parent.


Mr Howard - The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   No enforcement officers have been appointed to the Family Court of Australia pursuant to sub-section (12) of section 64 of the Family Law Act. However, a Marshall and a number of Deputy Marshalls have been appointed as officers of the Court pursuant to section 37 of the Act. The Marshall and Deputy Marshalls are aU members of the Commonwealth Police.

(2)   and (3) The Commonwealth Police come under the administration of the Minister for Administrative Services. The Minister has advised that the Commonwealth Police will endeavour to locate children named in warrants issued under section 64 of the Family Law Act.







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