The Greens have condemned the Government and Senator Hanson’s attempts to stitch up an inquiry into the Family Law system saying they have multiple concerns about the inquiry.
“There is no doubt that the family law system has serious problems which need addressing, however this committee is not fit for the task” said Senator Mckim, Australian Greens spokesperson on Attorney General
“This is clearly a political stitch up between the Government and One Nation and the Greens have no confidence in the committee as currently constituted to do the job.
“The fact that Pauline Hanson is co-chair tells us all we need to know about its integrity and independence.
“The Greens support the calls by expert domestic violence legal service providers like Women’s Legal Services Australia to create a family law system that keeps women and children safe” said Senator Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson on Women
“What we won’t support is an inquiry stacked with extremists that have pre-determined, non-expert opinions on the gendered drivers of violence against women and their children. This whole inquiry is a dangerous invitation to continue victim shaming, blaming and denial.
“Pauline Hanson’s refusal to believe women that they are subject to family and domestic violence – when the statistics show it is at least 1 in 4 women – sets back our safety and equality to the Dark Ages.
“This inquiry is a sop to One Nation by the Government – what’s been promised in return? What have women been sold out for?
“The parliamentary inquiry announced yesterday excludes the Greens and would be headed up by two of the most conservative and divisive members of the current parliament who have predetermined the outcome of the process.
“The evidence is already available on the type of changes needed for improving the family court system, the Government should not be subjecting women who have experienced domestic violence to yet another intrusive inquiry that doesn’t even have oversight by domestic violence experts.”
“I’m deeply concerned about what I hear about the direction this inquiry would head, the best interest of the child must be at the centre of decision making in the family law system and what I hear from One Nation is mens’ rights, not what is best for the child” said Senator Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services.
“We do not support an inquiry that clearly has pre-determined outcomes which are highly likely to not be in the best interest of the child. The Greens call on the Senate to reject this damaging approach."
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