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Reviews of Family Law will cost Labor votes

Media Release - Men's Rights Agency - Thursday, 19th August 2010

A recent national survey of the voting intentions of nearly 500 people has revealed the reviews undertaken by the federal Government of Family Law and the impact these reviews are likely to have on shared parenting will cost Labor votes.

The survey asked: Will the roll-back of shared parenting affect your vote?

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of those surveyed said they voted Labor at the last federal election.

When asked whether knowledge of the Labor Government’s reviews into Family Law and the impact these reviews are likely to have on shared parenting has caused people to think more negatively about the Government, 93% answered that it had.

When asked about voting intentions at the coming federal election, 72% of respondents said they will not vote Labor and a further 20% said they are unlikely or highly unlikely to vote Labor.

The swing against Labor is being almost exclusively fuelled by the expected rollback of shared parenting arrangements gained under the Howard Government. Voting patterns of those responding to the survey would have been similar to those observed at the last federal election had it not been for the expected rollback. Nearly 60% said they would have voted Labor in the coming election if they had not known about the reviews to Family Law.

For further information contact: Sue Price on 0409 269 621

Commentary from Sue Price - Director, Mens Rights Agency

Being an online survey, we expected some false names and addresses and our method of verification was able to identify non-genuine responses. Thank you for your cooperation in supplying accurate contact details.

The survey has been a genuine attempt to gage the views of Australian parents to the proposed roll-back, but even this was open to attack by a noted professor with Adelaide University, who sent an email to her followers to advise how they should respond to the questionnaire:

“Subject: RE: Australia: Will the roll-back of shared parenting affect your vote?
Just give a False Name and a false phone number and Post code. No other details

Emeritus Professor Freda Briggs AO,
University of South Australia
Magill Campus SA 5072
Phone +61 8 83374102”

It is a pretty sad indictment of those who are in positions of considerable influence and who control the education of young Australians, that they ask people to lie in response to this survey.