One of the sickest jokes of the whole fiasco of the government inquiry into child custody, which reported on December 29th 2003, was the sight of the Family and Community Services Committee members warning the Chief Justice of the Family Court Alastair Nicholson to accept the report.
While fathers and family law reformers were visceral in their contempt, in the end Nicholson, the living embodiment to many of everything wrong with family law, was one of the report's only supporters. And why wouldn't he embrace the report?
It set out, with clear collusion between the major political parties to protect the appalling legacy of the hated Family Court of Australia. It ignored the personal and social consequences of the conduct of Family Court judges. It ignored the massive bias in the system. It ignored the many moving tales of distress from fathers, second wives, grandparents and non-custodial mothers.
Family courts are like Auschwitz - You will be called by your initials before being lead to the Gas Chambers
Category: Family Law Courts
Created: Sunday, 23 April 2017 22:51
Written by Niall Doyle
Yesterday I accompanied a distressed friend as moral support to a family court in Mullingar’s temporary courthouse, which is a GAA clubhouse converted for court business but looks more like an office building in a 1930’s Nazi concentration camp from the outside and had all the trappings of a Nazi concentration camp on the inside.
Prime minister will apologize to institutional sex abuse victims
Category: Family court ordered child sexual abuse
Created: Sunday, 28 October 2018 10:55
Written by Alecomm2
Family Court “Infinitely Worse”: “Small Army of Kids…Helpless to Escape”
“[E]ven while [Prime Minister Morrison apologizes], there is a small army of children who…are living with someone of whom they are terrified...[T]here are systemic failures [in Family Court] that break the chain of protection around each child, leaving them not only vulnerable to sexual abuse but also helpless to escape it.”
- Amanda Gearing, journalist and broadcaster
On Monday, October 22, 2018, six years after parliament decided to hold a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Australia’s new prime minister, Scott Morrison, is going to make an apology to the many victims.
However, even while he is speaking, there is a small army of children who even today are living with someone of whom they are terrified.
Ten years ago, a child of seven left a phone message on my answering machine, delivering a plea so heart-breakingly desperate that it still resonates in my ears.