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Attorney-General opens Family Law Conference.

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19 February 2009

ATTORNEY-GENERAL OPENS FAMILY LAW CONFERENCE Attorney-General Robert McClelland has today opened the Inaugural Family Law System Conference, which aims to improve integration across key sectors of family law.

Attendees include representatives of the courts, legal aid commissions, community legal centres, private practitioners, government-funded family relationship services and government agencies.

“This conference provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to work together to improve outcomes for families who access the family law system. Its primary focus will be on how to achieve better access to justice,” Mr McClelland said.

Mr McClelland said it was important to focus on reducing the trauma of separation, and ensuring that the family law system is fair, affordable and accessible.

“The conference will also deal with improving the way cases involving family violence and child abuse are managed and consider whether the family law system, as it currently stands, is effective in handling such cases,” he said.

“It is essential that we keep searching for ways to improve how the family law system operates. This includes increasing communication and information sharing across the system, forging stronger professional links, and improving access to early intervention services,” Mr

McClelland said.

The conference will hold workshops on issues such as child protection in the family law system, family violence, considering alternatives to court proceedings and the maintenance of children’s relationships with grandparents and other extended family members.

The two-day conference concludes tomorrow.

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