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Abolition of Family Court

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Thursday, 18 February 2021

Tags: Family Violence

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Morrison Government’s decision to abolish the Family Court puts Tasmanian women and children fleeing family violence at greater risk.

Merging the Family Court with the under-resourced and unspecialised Federal Court will put pressure on shelters, family violence support services and the child safety system. 

Family violence perpetrators exploit vulnerabilities in these systems to exert control. 

Longer delays in court processes will work in the perpetrator’s favour. Women will be under increased pressure to reach compromise with violent ex-partners, increasing the risk to them and their children. 

The greater likelihood of violence towards women in family breakdowns will lead to an increase in child safety notifications and more children taken taken away from their mothers and placed in State care. 

The pressure on an already dangerously overstretched child safety system will only grow. 

Did the Gutwein Government ministers make any representation to their federal counterparts in the interests of vulnerable women and children? 

Is the Premier, who holds the Family Violence portfolio, working with the Minister for Children Roger Jaensch to reduce the harm caused by this terrible decision? 

Can the Premier guarantee family support, women’s services and child safety will receive the extra funding they need to cope with the fallout of the Morrison Government’s decision to abandon women and children?