With the support of One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson, the Federal Parliament has passed a bill that risks saturating the Federal Circuit Court and endangering the safety and welfare of families in critical need of expert attention, writes Gabrielle Ebeling.
There was one message that sung through Royal Commission’s final report into Victoria’s mental health system, “the system is broken.”
While coercive control legislation would mark a monumental shift away from the violence model of abuse, which sensationalises discrete episodes of physical assault, the reality is that the laws are unlikely, in and of themselves, to serve victims’ needs and prevent future harm.
The Victorian Parliament is currently considering changes to birth certificate laws. Sally Goldner from Transgender Victoria explains the importance of these changes.