Australian Broadcasting Corporation ( ABC), 29 December 2003
Parents' groups and welfare organisations are welcoming most of the findings from a federal parliamentary inquiry into child custody arrangements.
The joint parliamentary committee is recommending a major shake-up of the nation's child custody system, including significant changes to family law, courts and custody support payments.
In particular, the committee recommends a presumption of equal responsibility for children when a family breaks down, but has shied away from legislating it.
ABC Radio Australia News, 30 December 2003
Australia's Minister for Children, Larry Anthony, says the government will seriously consider all the recommendations in the parliamentary report recommending a Families Tribunal to deal with child custody issues in a marriage break-up.
Mr Anthony says the government has already acknowledged that the current system needs to be improved.
But the Minister adds establishing a Families Tribunal will take time.
18 November 2007
Men's groups are calling for mandatory paternity testing of all newborns as it emerges a record number of men are finding they are not the fathers of children they believed to be theirs.
Almost a quarter of paternity tests conducted by one of Australia's largest DNA laboratory companies show the man submitting a sample is not the father, compared to an estimated one in 10 "exclusions" 10 years ago.
The number of tests taken in Australia has doubled from 3000 in 2003 to more than 6000 last year. Read More …