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Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2018


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Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2017



Type
Government
Originating house
Senate
Status
Act
Portfolio
Attorney-General

Summary

Amends the: Family Law Act 1975 to: provide for courts to be prescribed in regulations as having the same family law parenting jurisdiction as state and territory courts of summary jurisdiction; provide for regulations to prescribe an increased total property value under which relevant courts can hear contested family law property matters without the parties’ consent; provide that a court may give short-form reasons for decisions relating to interim parenting orders; provide family law courts with an explicit power to dismiss unmeritorious applications; provide judges the discretion to dispense with requirements to explain an order or injunction to a child where it would be in the best interests of the child; remove the 21 day time limit on the revival, variation or suspension of family law orders by state and territory courts in family violence order proceedings; provide that a breach of a family law injunction for personal protection is a criminal offence; remove self-induced intoxication as a defence against charges relating to family violence; provide that criminal responsibility does not extend to the person protected by an injunction for personal protection if their conduct results in a breach of the injunction; provide for state and territory courts to revive, vary or suspend an injunction for personal protection when hearing a proceeding for a breach of that injunction; and repeal a redundant provision that permits a court to make an order relieving a party to a marriage from an obligation to perform marital services or render conjugal rights; and Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 to make a consequential amendment.

Progress of bill

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Senate
Introduced and read a first time 06/12/17  
Second reading moved 06/12/17  
Second reading debate 13/08/18  
Second reading agreed to 13/08/18  
Committee of the Whole debate 13/08/18 Amendment details: 9 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 13/08/18  
     
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 15/08/18  
Second reading moved 21/08/18  
Second reading debate 22/08/18  
Second reading agreed to 22/08/18  
Third reading agreed to 22/08/18  
     
Finally passed both Houses 22/08/18  
Assent 31/08/18 Act no: 97 - Year: 2018
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • Third reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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  • Revised explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Government [sheet GJ161]

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes