Reform

FCFCA Bills introduced into Parliament

FCFCA Bills introduced into Parliament

Finally, we get to see the substance of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bills (FCFCA Bills) – the main Bill and the transitional and consequential amendments Bill (all the other pieces of legislation that are affected by the Court merger).

The Attorney General delegated the task of introducing and trying to sell the Bills to the House of Representatives, the public and the profession to Ms Kelly O’Dwyer, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Minister for Women and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service (wow, may as well call her Minister for everything!).

The two Bills comprising nearly 600 pages of proposed legislation do not make for good reading matter. The ‘Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions’ Bill alone is 389 pages of changes to 125 other Acts and 25 pieces of subordinate legislation. How is this going to simplify anything for Australian families when the FCFCA will continue to be a multi-jurisdictional Court dealing with not just family law, but everything else of a Federal nature including bankruptcy, industrial relations, immigration, privacy, intellectual property and admiralty law?

More to come on this matter…