Australian Conservatives senate candidate in the federal election – and former country lawyer who practised in family law – Rikki Lambert says sending family law to the states has to happen.
Rikki said, “The practice of family law – as I did – is heart-breaking and devastating for the children and parents. The Law Reform Commission has made sound recommendations to shift the family court jurisdiction to the states. It makes family law disputes more accessible at local courts, like Berri where I used to practice,” Mr Lambert said.
“However the most vital recommendation is to move family law to the states. It will harmonise family law with state child protection systems. This is essential. I have been saying to Ministerial advisors for years in Canberra the family law and state child protection systems must be harmonised. With all the allegations thrown around in ugly proceedings about who sees children for how long, having welfare involved will ensure the fibs are sorted out from the facts,” he continued.
“However, the presumption of shared parenting should not be dumped. In this brave new world of identity politics, and the war on manhood, modern virtue-signalling politicians are prone to downplay the very important role and contribution that fathers play in a child’s life,” he said.
Mr Lambert said he was disgusted with the way family law was practised, particularly the greedy and toxic contribution of some lawyers. “I am committed, if elected, to see the supposedly ‘too hard’ move of family law to the states become a reality.”