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1. Rosie Batty calls for an overhaul of the family court system.
Domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty has called for changes to the family law system, fronting a campaign to overhaul the Family Law Act.
The “five-step” campaign says the current system is failing victims and their children.
More than 90 organisations have backed a five-point plan, Safety First in Family Law.
The campaign is calling for a ban on alleged domestic violence perpetrators cross-examining their victims in court and for courts to consider any family violence history when determining how to divide property in a divorce settlement.
They also want to change the way custody disputes are handled by removing references to “equal shared time” and “equal shared parental responsibility” from the Act, in favour of a greater focus on the safety of children.
Ms Batty told of her own experience, saying the Family Court encouraged her to allow her son Luke’s violent father to have access to the 11-year-old.
Luke was later killed by his father at Tyabb cricket ground in February 2014.
“Now is an opportunity for all political parties to commit to putting the safety of women and children first in family law,” A letter co-signed by the 90 organisations and sent to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Labor leader Bill Shorten says.
“We are not asking for another review. We are not asking for another inquiry. We are asking all political leaders to act now, to put safety first in family law.”
2. Crackdown on chiropractors.
The Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy has written to the nation’s health regulators seeking an urgent crackdown on chiropractors after a video of a four-day-old premature baby having his spine cracked appeared on YouTube.
“I can understand doctors are outraged by the extremely distressing image of a four-day-old baby having its spine cracked,” Ms Hennessy said.
“I, too, was physically shaken. In particular, I am concerned about chiropractors performing spinal or scalp manipulations on newborns based on unfounded claims that such a treatment could cure.
“And it’s reprehensible that chiropractors would pedal anti-vaccination myths outside their scope of practice.”
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has told its members not to refer patients to chiropractors.