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Australian Government's assault on Separated Fathers

MRA News July/August 2008 - Monday, 8th September 2008, by Sue Price

In the past month, the media published banner headlines generated from media releases issued by the Australian Government's Minister for Human Services, Senator Joe Ludwig.

They included:
Spies on dads dodging child support - Herald Sun, 23 June 2008,
"Human Services Minister Joe Ludwig announced today that undercover surveillance of parents would commence from July 1, in a bid to collect almost $1 billion in child support debt across Australia. I want child support cheats to be caught out on camera so the courts can see the truth,"

Deadbeat dads fleeing to debt-free haven - The Australian, 30 July 2008,
"Separated parents living overseas now owe around $90 million in payments to their kids back in Australia," Senator Ludwig said.

Chasing down deadbeat dads - Herald Sun, 1 August 2008

In this article, Senator Ludwig said:

“More than 20,000 separated parents are denying their children support by fleeing the country.” and ;

“These mostly deadbeat dads owe a startling $90 million in child support and are guilty of a double betrayal.” and ;

“Deadbeat dads don't need a visa to enter New Zealand and governments need to work together to identify and track down runaway parents.”

The truth

The one billion dollar debt level is a cumulative total incurred from the commencement of the child Support scheme in 1988/89. Over $500 million debt had accumulated by 1996/97. The Child Support Agency ( CSA ) has already been criticised by the Auditor General for using cumulative totals in their efforts to justify their performance.

Yet the CSA continues to do so, as well as ignoring false debts created using unsustainable or unrealistic income determinations. Neither can the accuracy of assessments be thoroughly checked when address details for 15% of clients cannot be confirmed. If the information were available it would be interesting to know how much of this debt is uncollectable because the payer is unemployed, disabled or deceased or the child’s circumstances have changed, but remain unacknowledged by CSA?

According to published CSA data, 96 per cent of all child support due has been paid.

Why is no mention made of this significant figure? Obviously, it would spoil a good rant against paying parents (mostly fathers) and the Minister would then need to find other reasons to justify toughening up the methods used to hunt down Australian fathers, who may have done nothing deliberately wrong, but find themselves unable to service the high levels of child support demanded by the Child Support Agency.

The CSA already has unprecedented powers, far greater than any other westernised country.

The Agency can garnishee salary payments directly from employers without a court order; intercept third party payments due to the payer without court order authority or raid funds in bank accounts, even from joint accounts … all without a court order or the person having an opportunity to put forward their arguments as to why this seizure of funds should not occur.

Money seizures undertaken on the whim of an overzealous CSA collection agent have resulted in interstate transport drivers finding themselves unable to refuel their truck because the CSA has rifled their bank account or intercepted their diesel fuel rebate; the self employed find themselves unable to pay their GST bill – bank accounts having been raided; employers are unable to pay wages or superannuation because bank accounts have been stripped. Other fathers find themselves unable to provide for themselves, their second family or pay the mortgage due to their bank account being raided without notice.

We agree. Parents should, where possible, provide for their children’s financial needs and their day-to-day care. However, our system of social security fortunately recognises some within our community are unable to do so. Centrelink then steps in to provide support for low income, unemployed parents who cannot support their children themselves. We don’t take a brick bat to these people, they are not expected to repay monies to the Government when taxpayers’ money is spent supporting their children. Why then does the Government ignore the circumstances of separated parents, as they do when refusing to recognise the difficulties of supporting two households on one income?

CSA powers have included the ability to deem paying parents (usually fathers) with higher incomes, often based solely on untested information provided by the other parent or based on higher incomes earned in previous years long gone. Instant debt is obviously generated when CSA ‘deems’ a higher income. It is not unreasonable to suggest a paying parent who is already struggling to cope with his payments will have little chance of meeting the higher child support demands. His available income is already fully allocated to paying rent, or a mortgage, food, clothing, transport and his child support leaving little left for emergencies.

Imagine receiving a letter from the CSA advising that the income used to determine the amount of child support to be paid has been increased by $20k, $30K or more based on previously higher earnings not available to the payer today. Deeming a higher income invariably results in substantial increases in child support payments. How can these parents be expected to come up with another $300, $400 or $600 or more a month when they are already struggling to pay their bills? Existing commitments made to a budget that included a set rate of child support based on actual earnings, do not disappear just because child support now demands higher amounts. It is little wonder that the death rate among child support payers to the CSA is twice the level found in the general population.

For the Minister and the Child Support Agency to run a campaign of this nature based on a very small percentage of parents who deliberately do not comply with the CSA demands is simply unnecessary vilification, which will result in further vindictiveness against perfectly good fathers who are doing their very best to support their children in difficult circumstances. Paying parents are treated appallingly, stripped of any remaining dignity they are required to account for every dollar they spend of their income, justify any changes to their income or employment circumstances and if the CSA does not agree they will be penalised by increased payments and late payment penalties.

This is not a life for Australian separated fathers or for the increasing number of liable mothers, though in our observation it would seem mothers are treated with more respect and leniency than fathers in a similar position. This is hardly a surprising result when CSA and the Government persist in denigrating Australian fathers who are separated from their children.

Reclassification as a modern day version of “slavery or peonage” might be in order and begs the question, when will the Government extend their power to other areas to dictate how you spend your income? Perhaps recovering the cost of caring for elderly parents might be next on their list of demands.

Moms Who Kill

Biological Mothers Murder More of Their Own Children Than Do Biological Fathers

Australian Institute of Criminology statistics show there were 270 child homicide incidents in Australia from July 1989 to June 1999, involving 287 identified offenders and resulting in the deaths of 316 children under 15.

For example, the revised National Homicide Monitoring Program 2006-07 Annual Report states 11 homicides involved a biological mother and 5 involves a biological father.

The Western Australian figures shed light on who is likely to abuse children in families. Mothers are identified as the perpetrator of neglect and abuse in a total of 73% of verified cases.

Biological mothers account for about 35 per cent of all child murders, while biological fathers account for 29 per cent


Domestic Violence - Male Victims

Family Courts’ Violence Review
October 2009

The Attorney-General commissioned a review of the practices, procedures and laws that apply in the federal family law courts in the context of family violence. The Family Courts Violence Review considered whether improvements could be made to ensure that the federal family law courts provide the best possible support to families who have experienced or are at risk of violence.


Men's Rights Agency Reply to the Family Courts Violence Review

Men's Rights On Dr. Phil

Dr Phil TV Show - Men's Rights

September 2021

Dr Phil mixes both the mainstream men's rights advocates and a nutcase guy looking for publicity to make men look bad to create a controversial and ridiculous show to attract an audience of mainly middle aged non-working women who watch TV in the afternoons.

Advertisers love such controversial shows aimed at women who control over 80% of household spending. The more ridiclous some person on the show is, the better the ratings. Dr Phil is the upscale Jerry Springer. These shows really insult the intelligence of women.

In the show, Dr. Phil, who is no longer registered as psychologist, admits that all of his show management are females as are 90+% of his staff.

The show does have the "Martin Luther King" of the Men's Rights Movement - Warren Farrell. It also has Cassie Jay of The Red Pill documentary fame. Jerry Cox who was falsely accused of rape and kidnapping by a woman is featured. He had the ridiculous charges dropped and successfuly sued the woman.

Watch the show ..

Gender Discrimination Against Men

Do men get a rough deal?

National Times
January 11, 2011

Seems a bit rich these days to claim there is a ‘‘glass ceiling’’ for female jobs. Load of cobblers, isn't it? I mean, Australia has a female Prime Minister and a female Governor-General.

Has there really been discrimination over the years against mothers who work -- or against women without children?

The National Council of Women thinks so and no surprise there. I recently chatted with Victorian leader Jennie Rawther who pointed out that, among other things, women at the end of World War 1 had to give up their jobs to returning servicemen -- even though their husbands may have been killed in combat. There was no widow’s pension, nor child support.

Sounds tough but Age reader Steve Hills of Rosebud is not impressed. “There is overwhelming evidence that female health, safety and female lives were held as more valuable than men’s lives,” he says. “Men’s lives were routinely regarded as disposable. The view that women alone were discriminated against is an ignorant one.”