Real and lasting damage is done to many children involved in Family Law and child protection systems and this will increase since the High Court decision on 7 August 2012.
This decision effectively reinforced the Family Law and other jurisdictions position that children can't be allowed to speak for themselves. So if you can speak or write - and if you disagree with this decision - now's the time to speak! Tell your local pollie, tell the media, tell your friends and rellies!
Most people would have heard about the Queensland Four - The sisters who apparently felt they had not had a fair hearing in the Family Law process. They found media outlets brave enough to carry their story. Other media outlets tried to damp down any possibility that the kids might have a point. Justice for Children knows there are thousands of other kids who want to tell their story but can't because nobody in the system is listening to them. The number one issue for Justice for Children Australia is that children are not given a real voice and a real choice in the current adversarial system.
Queensland Solicitor-General brought up this issue in the High Court case. Not to prove that the adversarial system was the wrong forum for assessing children's future but to confirm that kids don't have a voice in it.
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