PRESENTED BY: Professor Rosalind Croucher Commissioner, Australian Law Reform Commission
Zoe Rathus Senior lecturer in law, Griffith University
Amanda Lee-Ross Manager, Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service
Rachael Field Senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology

This seminar presented a set of papers discussing issues relevant to an investigation into the interaction of family law and domestic violence and child protection laws and practices, and the implications for the safety and well-being of women and children. The seminar was prompted by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s announcement that the Australian Law Reform Commission, in conjunction with the New South Wales Law Reform Commission, would conduct the investigation in response to Time for Action: The National Council’s Plan for Australia to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2009). Seminar participants were able to hear the lead Commissioner on the investigation (Professor Rosalind Croucher) as well as researchers and a practitioner speak on key issues to be addressed in the investigation. Presentations were as follows:

Professor Rosalind Croucher Commissioner, Australian Law Reform Commission
The family violence inquiry – the ALRC/NSWLRC brief

Zoe Rathus Senior lecturer in law, Griffith University
Sharing the caring or caring about the sharing: what’s wrong with the Family Law Act?

Amanda Lee-Ross Manager, Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service
Wading through molasses: the unintended outcomes of a non-systemic approach to family law, child protection and domestic violence legislation

Rachael Field Senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology
Preparing victims of family violence for participation in family dispute resolution

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