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The Case for Mandatory Paternity Testing at Birth for ALL Children Born in Australia

Fathers demand mandatory paternity testing

The Australian, February 16, 2011, by Patricia Karvelas

A men's rights group has called for mandatory paternity testing of all babies after government figures revealed almost 600 instances of men compelled to financially support children they did not father.

Since changes to child support laws four years ago, there had been 586 cases of men successfully using DNA testing to show they were not biologically related to children they had been financially supporting, the federal government has revealed to The Australian.

In the overwhelming majority of these cases, the courts have not forced mothers to pay back the money they have received.

Dads turning to DNA to resolve child support disputes

Australian Broadcasting Corporation ( ABC )  11 November, 2008

MARK COLVIN: Surveys differ wildly on the percentage of men who falsely believe they're the father of a child.

A UK study put it at 30 per cent. Melbourne's Swinburne University said it was just one per cent.

But what's clear is that with DNA testing becoming more accessible, paternity is also getting easier to identify.

And the recent reform of child support laws has also empowered men. In fact there's been a spate of cases where women have been forced to pay back child support to men they wrongly identified as the father.

Men are losing their families

The Sun-Herald, 18 November 2007, By Maxine Frith

Steven Gillespie was overjoyed when his girlfriend of several months told him she was pregnant.

They moved in together and he was present at the birth of their daughter - his first child - in 2004, cutting her umbilical cord and later having her name tattooed on his chest.

It was only after the couple split that she told him that the little girl, then two, was not his - a claim confirmed by a paternity test.

"I was absolutely devastated," Mr Gillespie, a 46-year-old computer expert from Brisbane, said. "My whole family was affected. My parents had been delighted to have a grand-daughter and my sister had bought loads of presents.  More..

Legal minefield for deceived fathers

Sydney Morning Herald, March 29 2003, By Leonie Lamont

During an interstate access visit, and a trip to the Melbourne Show, Bill told his 14-year-old son he was going to take him for an allergy test.

The test was in reality a DNA parentage test, to establish the likelihood of Bill being the boy's biological father. The fallout is set to force the Federal Government to amend the Family Law Act so that men who prove they are not the biological fathers can recover child maintenance payments. More..

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Daddy dearest: Many men are finding out they are not the father after all

The Sun-Herald
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 …