The Secretary of the Shard Parenting Council of Australia, Mr Wayne Butler has published a short assessment of the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011. It is very much in haste but he sees 4 key areas that need amendments. Areas that are of concern are:
- Repeal of s117AB relating to costs orders for false allegations
- The proposed amendments to s60CC (3) (c ) the benefit to the child having a meaningful relationship with both parents
- 4AB Definition of family violence and lastly
- Subsection 4(1)(c ) (definition of abuse) Essentially a, b and d should be supported as sensible amendments but part c is more problematic.