Turnbull ignores calls for Family Court reform

The Turnbull Government continues to ignore calls from experts such as the Productivity Commission and leaders such as Rosie Batty to prevent domestic violence victims being cross-examined in court by their abusers.

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY

MEMBER FOR ISAACS

TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

 

TURNBULL IGNORES CALLS FOR FAMILY COURT REFORM

 

The Turnbull Government continues to ignore calls from experts such as the Productivity Commission and leaders such as Rosie Batty to prevent domestic violence victims being cross-examined in court by their abusers.

 

Labor welcomes today’s announcement by the Government to enact tougher penalties for offenders who breach restraining orders, but this is just the beginning.

 

The process of cross-examination of a victim by a perpetrator is re-traumatising for the witness and can intimidate the victim out of presenting evidence.

 

Labor has committed to this reform, but this reform is needed now.

 

Labor has called on Prime Minister Turnbull and Senator Brandis to act now to amend the Family Law Act and to commit additional funds to Legal Aid.

 

It’s time for the Turnbull Government to address this crisis.

 

FRIDAY, 9 DECEMBER 2016