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Archive of July 2004

Custody overhaul to improve men’s access to children

Thu 29th July 2004:

The Australian Federal Government has announced an overhaul of family law arrangements, with plans to give men involved in marriage break-ups greater access to their children. The changes also include new centres to provide compulsory mediation to separating couples. The shake-up does not include a new families tribunal to hear custody cases, which was the […]

Non-PC minister defends men

Cabinet Minister John Tamihere is planning an attack on “politically correct” critics of “red-blooded heterosexual men”, who he says are sick of being told they are the source of all evil. In a speech Tamihere will give at St Peter’s College in Epsom tonight, the Youth Affairs Minister will criticise society’s attitudes towards straight men […]

Abusive texts plague victims

Tue 27th July 2004:

Abusive text messages are forcing dozens of Bay of Plenty women to seek help from Women’s Refuge. Staff say there has been a rapid increase in the number of complaints of abusive text messages in the past six months. The problem has become so bad that 80 per cent of women seeking help have been […]

Child Support Agency undertaking research : Input wanted by CSA from parents who are paying Child Support.

Tue 20th July 2004:

The Child Support Agency has commissioned Colmar Bruton to conduct research on : Compliance behaviour among paying parents: (research to support a proposed social marketing programme) The Child Support Agency is following up on research carried out in 1998 :.” To address the problem of parents not complying with child support payments , Inland Revenue […]

Estranged fathers to get more access to children

Estranged [UK] fathers will be allowed increased access to their children under new legislation to be announced this week. A Green Paper will propose changes to the family court system that will include the suggestion that both parents are allowed “frequent and continuous contact” with their children. “We recognise that there are a number of […]

Centres to focus on kids in break-ups

A national network of family relationship centres to help separating parents focus on the needs of their children has emerged as the [Australian] Federal Government’s preferred model in revamping the family law system. Staffed by professional counsellors and mediators, they would help parents develop a post-separation parenting plan, give initial advice on Centrelink payments and […]

Support For Separated Dads A Good Move

Mon 19th July 2004:

Press Release: New Zealand First Party New Zealand First social services spokesperson Bill Gudgeon says he’s thrilled that a dedicated house for fathers and children during marriage separation is being recognised for the much needed service it is providing. ………….

MAN: marginalised and neglected?

I am producing a TVNZ documentary entitled “MAN: marginalised and neglected?” which explores masculism and some of the gender inequality in New Zealand. I have gleamed a lot of information from your website and particularly enjoyed your own story about becoming the primary caregiver for your children and your ‘moderate’ (read: practical) views on masculism. […]

Haven For Separated Dads In Need

Sat 17th July 2004:

A dedicated house for fathers in the midst of separation, and their children is being recognised for the much-needed service it is providing. Separated Fathers Support Trust House coordinator Warren Heap says that the house specifically caters for children as well as fathers and gives families a chance to get away from often very stressful […]


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