What would you do if when falsely accused of domestic violence a court, without hearing from you, placed a five year protection order against you restricting your access to your children, personal items and home?
It was hailed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear the real life stories of Australians who have been forced to deal with the broken adversarial Family Law system that uses unfounded domestic violence allegations as weapons.
In Australia, 1 in 2 victims of intimate partner violence are men, and yet current domestic violence policy ignores these victims because of their gender.
Australian communities are dealing with a juvenile justice epidemic that see’s both indigenous and non-indigenous children, some as young as eight, involved in violent crimes with the same offenders being caught by police and let free time and time again.
The apparent double standard in policing comes as health authorities consider lifting social-distancing restrictions more quickly and pressure mounts on states that let thousands of people march in Black Lives Matter protests on Saturday.
What chance have Australian manufacturers and employers got if the very people who encourage the nation to shop locally refuse to do the same with our tax dollars.
These are the black lives that should matter but often there is little to no mention of the abuse that takes place in these communities.
The numbers of men who suicide are staggering and yet we still tell men in crisis to call service providers who blame them because of the gender while referring them to behaviour change programs.
Men make up the majority of deaths in custody which might be attributed to a combination of increased custodial sentences for men, pre-existing mental or physical health issues and the poor state of men’s health programs.
The terms of reference are patently clear: only women can be heard. “We must learn how governments, services and the community can better support women and their children, particularly when home is not a safe place to be”, said Minister for Women Marise Payne.
Reform won’t happen by itself, it will take all of us working together and every dollar counts. As a new federal political party, we need your financial support to promote our policies to ensure every Australian hears about the ABF Party on the lead up to the next federal election.
The Australian Better Families Party, with your help, will fix social policy and ensure Australian families are the first to benefit from policy decisions made by the government.