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Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Page: 2267

Senator McKIM (Tasmania) (10:30): Thank you for that additional clarification, Attorney. I think I am right in saying that the matters that a court must take into account, in the context of this discussion, do include the best interests of the child. That, in fact, is a primary consideration, but not the paramount consideration. The paramount consideration is the object of the division of the bill in which these matters fall. Attorney, you have placed on the record your intent here, which is that a control order not prevent a child from attending school and not result in a child being separated from his or her family. Should this bill become law, would there be anything that would prevent a court from issuing a control order which would result in a child not being able to attend school or being separated from their family?