What's happening to kids in FLAW?

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Queen-hit violence

Posted by Ariel on January 5, 2014 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

You've probably all seen this but FYI:

weedy unpublishable letter from me to The Australian newspaper today - maybe some of you have sent something more printable - hope so!

 Queen-hit violence

 Dear editor

I respect and admire the wonderful Dr Gordian Fulde whose emergency department at St Vincent’s Hospital has helped so many of us over the years.

Your article (Searching for a way to king-hit violence 4-5/01/14), states that “the real issue is making people – mainly men- realise that the intertwined alcohol and violence culture is irresponsible, unacceptable and not cool”. 

“The people who can play the biggest role in that, Fulde says, are the women in the lives of the men.”

Ideally, this might be so but surely Dr Fulde and his staff in Emergency see hundreds of women who are victims of domestic violence. They – and their children – would love to be able to change the behaviour of the violent men in their lives. 

I’d say the downside of ‘mateship’ is that many men are influenced by the men they hang out with, not the women. If men don’t ‘man up’ and start to spur each other on to acts of kindness rather than violence, nothing will change for the better.

Yours sincerely





Children going for a song

Posted by Ariel on August 8, 2011 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (1)

In the last 2 weeks at least 8 children that we know of have lost any meaningful contact with the mothers they love, have always lived with and want to be with.

What does this do to a child? Some are less than 5 years old, taken from their Mum in the most hostile and inhumane circumstances.  Who explains to them what happened? 

Nobody in the court system asked them what they wanted - nobody listened to what they tried to say.

How can these abuses of children's human rights be allowed to continue?  What are we going to do about it?

please join us and voice YOUR ideas and those of your kids if you can still communicate with them.

Melinda on trial silenced and slandered

Posted by Ariel on March 17, 2011 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Mother refused bail after court appearance

16:52 AEST Wed Mar 16 2011

Mar 16, 2011

A 48-year-old mother has been refused bail in a Sydney court on charges relating to taking her child out of Australia without permission.

Melinda Margaret Thompson, the wife of former NSW deputy fire chief Ken Thompson, appeared in Central Local Court on Monday, March 14.

She was refused bail by Magistrate Julie Huber, who adjourned the case to the same court on April 6.

According to court papers, a number of submissions were made opposing bail, included that she was a flight risk. Mr Thompson, 66, had in 2010 launched an international search for his son who went missing in 2008.

His search through Europe by bicycle ended when the six-year-old was found in September in Amsterdam, in The Netherlands.

The mother was arrested soon after by Dutch authorities.

In 2009, an arrest warrant was sworn and issued at Downing Centre Local Court alleging Thompson "did, without permission, take a child from Australia to a place outside Australia". The warrant was executed at Parramatta Bail Court on March 12.




Melinda Stratton arrived back in Australia on Friday night last week, under arrest.

She was put before a woman magistrate in Liverpool Street Central Court on 14th March.

She was refused bail, by a female magistrate.


Convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction

(regulation 2)

Article 3

The removal or the retention of a child is to be considered wrongful where--

a it is in breach of rights of custody attributed to a person, an institution or any other body, either jointly or alone, under the law of the State in which the child was habitually resident immediately before the removal or retention; and

b at the time of removal or retention those rights were actually exercised, either jointly or alone, or would have been so exercised but for the removal or retention.

The rights of custody mentioned in sub paragraph a above, may arise in particular by operation of law or by reason of a judicial or administrative decision, or by reason of an agreement having legal effect under the law of that State.


Declaration that removal or retention was wrongful

(1) On application, a court may by order declare that:

(a) the removal of a child from Australia to a convention country; or

(b) the retention of a child in a convention country;

was wrongful within the meaning of Article 3 of the Convention.

(2) The court may ask a responsible Central Authority to arrange for the person, institution or other body making a request in relation to the return of a child under the Convention to obtain an order of a court, or a decision of a competent authority, of the country in which the child habitually resided immediately before his or her removal or retention declaring that the removal or retention was wrongful within the meaning of Article 3 of the Convention.

Please ask your federal MP to vote for this Bill!

Posted by Ariel on February 8, 2011 at 3:38 PM Comments comments (1)

The Family Law Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2010 should be coming before  Parliament  this session

For many children involved in the family law process this Bill is extremely important - even though it does not go far enough to protect children.


Children are not the primary focus of family law and their best interests are not being served by decisions made in the courts and through some shared parenting arrangements.

Children are being removed from their primary care giver and sent to live in abusive homes. They are prevented by court orders from having meaningful contact with their loving and protective parent and are prevented from having counselling or any form of support. Suppression orders prevent the general public from knowing what’s going on.

Surely we can do better than this!

Tell your federal politicians (Representatives/MPs and Senators):

"You must vote YES to the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2010 in 2011 when it comes before Parliament. It is an important step towards changing Family Law to protect children’s right to live in a safe and protective home..

“All that is required for Evil to prevail

is for Good men to do nothing”.

Edmund Burke

As an elected representative you are in a position to do something.

Our children need you to stand up for them!

We are all responsible and answerable to these children – they are the future of this country.