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26    Law and Justice—Family Law

Senator Madigan, also on behalf of Senators Day, Muir, Wang, Lazarus, Leyonhjelm and Lambie, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 994—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes the 2003 committee report by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family and Community Affairs, Every picture tells a story: Report on the inquiry into child custody arrangements in the event of family separation , which recommended that a new non-adversarial system be created; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to:

                  (i)   recognise that thousands of Australian children continue to be harmed by a family law system that is not fit-for-purpose,

                 (ii)   recognise that the Family Law Act 1975 should be revised, simplified, shortened and based on core principles of the paramountcy of the long-term welfare of children, gender equality, and equal parental care and responsibility, when neither parent has been proven unfit, and

                (iii)   undertake a root-and-branch review of the family law system with a view to creating a new mechanism that is not adversarial in nature and deals with family separation in a way that has a tangible and primary focus on the welfare of the child, including an urgency for decisions, education and fairness.

Statement by leave : Senator Moore, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.