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Christian Porter finally abolishes the Family Court of Australia

Christian Porter finally abolishes the Family Court of Australia
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The attorney-general took absolutely no notice of pretty much every expert in the country. But he did listen to Pauline Hanson.

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After more than two years of trying, Christian Porter has finally managed to kill the Family Court.

In a week bookended by allegations of rape committed in Parliament House and the anniversary of the murder of Hannah Clarke and her three children, a bill to merge the court with the Federal Circuit Court passed the Senate — despite fears it could expose more vulnerable people to family violence.

Rarely has a bill been so vigorously opposed by every relevant expert or stakeholder. On one side, there’s a carousel of lawyers, academics, former judges and family violence advocates who say it will rob the court of family law specialists and fail victims. On the other side there’s Attorney-General Porter. And Pauline Hanson.





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