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Tue 28th February 2012

Replacing familycaught$

Filed under: General — MurrayBacon @ 7:33 pm

Submission regarding Open Marketplace Conversion of Family Court

Review Questions

Public Interest v Personal Matters – what role the Family Court should have in private family disputes;

Generally the law should make clear the limits and people should be able to negotiate freely within those limits, without needing intervention from courts. Disputes relating to facts don’t generally need the services of a judge and should be resolved by parties, with assistance that they obtain from friends and family, that they pay for. If a dispute about facts or final decisions remains after mediation, then this will need to be decided by a judge, who doesn’t need to be a Government employee. By allowing user pays for judicial services, open competition on service quality and price should improve the relevance, timeliness and quality of service. Parties can then negotiate the agreed maximum liability that they require with the judge and this will be reflected in the charges. Initially, a quick informal check of application documents and affidavits for sufficiency would not warrant any liability and the charges would be lower as a result.

Media release: Positive Men grateful TradeMe cancels choking husband toy auction

Filed under: Domestic Violence,General — Darryl Ward @ 1:05 pm

Positive Men is grateful TradeMe has removed from its site an item that trivialises and makes fun of domestic violence.

The “choking husband toy’ caused considerable outrage in the community, and Positive Men yesterday called upon TradeMe to immediately stop the auction of this offensive item.

Mon 27th February 2012

Media release: Positive Men outraged at TradeMe auction trivialising domestic violence

Filed under: Domestic Violence,General — Darryl Ward @ 2:41 pm

Positive Men has expressed outrage that TradeMe is selling an item that trivialises and makes fun of domestic violence.

The item is a “choking husband toy’. The seller says, “This is a toy that you will get a kick out of and it really helps if you angry with your partner or husband. You press his hand and he says something bad about you and then you can put your hand around his neck and he pokes his tongue out like he is choking and his legs start kicking and he changes his words to compliment you he is real funny “¦ “

Thu 23rd February 2012

Investigating Judicial Complaints around World

Filed under: General — MurrayBacon @ 11:13 am

DownUnder gave examples of unsatisfactory and illegal performance by familycaught “judges”, so I though that a brief international comparison would help to understand this issue:

California The Constitution authorizes the Commission to continue proceedings after a judge retires or resigns
UK Annual Report UK

USA seems to be proactively addressing these issues.
UK is moving forwards, under pressure from news media, rather than proactive Government moves.

Tue 21st February 2012

Joanna Moss suggests familycaught reforms



Joanna Moss: How A Financial Crisis Might Turn Into Much Needed Reforms
Labels: Family Court, family policy, Joanna Moss

The financial blow-out in the Family Court could be a blessing in disguise if the crisis is put to good use in terms of understanding the wider system and bringing in much needed reform. The Family Court is the court that most New Zealanders have contact with either directly or indirectly. It plays an important role in defining what courts are like and how they operate and also in upholding the rule of law. For these two reasons alone we need it to work well let alone considerations of the children and the family as the building block of society.

But let’s take a step back and look into why this crisis happened before we can look at the much needed reforms. Previous Minister of Justice Simon Power ordered the review when it became obvious that the costs had gone up 63% over the period 2004/2010 and the number of cases had remained roughly static. The figures showed clearly that cases were taking longer to resolve and that the Care of Children Act was the chief culprit.

Wed 15th February 2012

Accountability Delayed

Filed under: General,Law & Courts — MurrayBacon @ 7:52 am

The New Zealand Herald carried an article about 16 year jail sentences given to two executives, as a result of 3000 asbestos related deaths of workers and neighbours of the factory.
Note that the executives didn’t bother to attend the trial and I guess might not care to attend the jail either?

Tue 14th February 2012

Donation of Sperm as Seen by the Egg

Filed under: Child Support,Gender Politics,General — MurrayBacon @ 8:17 pm

Putting oneself into the position of another, is a challenge. Especially when the viewpoint is of children or babies, who are not well placed to verbalise their needs or desires.

Joanna Rose has written about Donor Insemnation, from the viewpoint of the child and says that insufficient consideration is given to this viewpoint, in our adult donor insemnation consumer society.

Please evaluate her work for yourself.

She raises many issues, which also apply to many other broken family issues, so her work should have a much wider readership than what the title would suggest.
Cheers, MurrayBacon

Thu 9th February 2012

Mothers Daycare and Child Wellbeing

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Gender Politics — MurrayBacon @ 8:52 pm

Family First lobby group have published a book about the consequences on children, of the use of daycare. This has aroused considerable response, from groups who feel that it criticises choices that they have made, in particular working women.

Who Cares Mothers Daycare and Child Wellbeing in NZ

Wed 8th February 2012

Family Court Protest at Parliament

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 11:16 pm

For those in Wellington or who can make it there on Friday, a few of us will be setting up the Ministry of Men’s Affairs in parliament grounds and raising awarenss of the Family Court review and mens/fathers’ issues around this. We hope to speak to a few relevent big wigs and perhaps a radio interview.

Tue 7th February 2012

An Open Letter to the Health Sponsorship Council

Filed under: General — Darryl Ward @ 10:34 am

Dear Health Sponsorship Council

Positive Men has been established to promote the use of positive imagery of men and masculinity in the media in Aotearoa New Zealand. For far too long men have been demonised and portrayed as abusers. A rare positive portrayal was going to occur when All Black Piri Weepu was going to be shown feeding his daughter in a Health Sponsorship Council anti smoking advertisement, but the Council was bullied by breastfeeding advocates La Leche League and the Midwifery Council into censoring this footage.

We argue this was outrageous. We all know breast is better than bottle. We probably even know it better than it is bad to smoke. However we rarely see or hear any positive portrayals of men and we argue the benefits of retaining the censored footage of Piri feeding his daughter more than outweighs any potential risk.

We call on the Health Sponsorship Council to reinstate the censored footage into its advertisements.

Yours faithfully

Darryl Ward
Spokesperson of Positive Men

Go here to join Positive Men: https://www.facebook.com/groups/246338658780119/

Go here to send your own message to the Health Sponsorship Council: http://hsc.org.nz/contact-us-feedback

Sat 4th February 2012

DV Act impact on childraising

Filed under: General — MurrayBacon @ 8:07 am

Previously Scrap and I and several others considered the impact of DV Act onto saving the lives of women and children and came to the evaluation that it had negligible net positive impact.
Full analysis in submission

Another issue raised in wider discussion, how many fathers give up on parenting their children and leave NZ, as a result of harassment they have received under the DV Act?

Anecdotally, I know of a small number through the years personally, so I might hazard a guess that each year, about 200 men leave NZ with the intention to never return and to give up on being an active parent for their children. This leaves a large number of children in their wake. (A smaller number suicide, in the end the effective outcome for the children is much the same, probably somewhat worse.)

Although this possibility was very briefly discussed in Parliament, during the debate about DV Act, it was generally dismissed as not being an issue that Parliament needed to be concerned about. [sir] douglas graham, then Minister of Justice and supporter of the bill (more lately a lame director of a failed and fraudulent finance company) suggested that familycaught judges would miraculously not create problems such as this. (I don’t think that sir douglas graham has been jailed yet. I believe that he is the first ex-Minister of Crown to be charged with large scale financial fraud. As Sir Robert David Mulgoon said, any publicity is good publicity for a politician!)

What do these perjurous mothers tell their children, about the departed fathers?
Lies damage children severely, so why create opportunities to bring up children in a web of lies?

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