Family Court chief justice says Abbey petition 'inaccurate'

THE Family Court of Australia's chief justice says a petition calling for reform of Australia's family law system that has 45,000 signatures is not accurate.

The petition, penned by a woman known only as Gill, outlines how a young Western Australian woman supposedly killed herself after the "family court allowed her father, a convicted child sex offender, access to her when she was just a child".

The petition has the backing of nation-wide child safety organisation Bravehearts.

Family Court of Australia chief justice Diana Bryant said she was concerned about "inaccurate information" related to the petition.

In a statement, Justice Bryant said the  matter of Abbey was not heard in the Family Court of Australia at any time.

She said the only orders made by the Family Court of Western Australia were those "requested by Abbey's mother or made with her agreement".

"The case did not proceed to a contested hearing," Justice Bryant said.

"All of the orders were made with the knowledge of the child protection authority, following the recommendation of an experienced psychologist who was appointed at the request of Abbey's parents.

"The orders made were in accordance with Abbey's expressed wishes."

Justice Bryant said she and the chief judge of the Family Court of Western Australia met with Abbey's family and Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston last year to discuss what had actually occurred in the proceedings. 

Ms Johnston said the while Justice Bryant was "technically correct" about Abbey's case the petition was focused on the entire Australian family law system, not just the Family Court of Australia.

"Since launching this petition to call for a royal commission, Bravehearts has been inundated with calls  from hundreds of desperate and protective parents and carers, all with their own horror stories, following decisions made in this shambolic system," Ms Johnston said.

"The system is not geared to listen to children let alone hear them and respond accordingly. 

"Instead it responds to the parent with the most influence, money and manipulative powers.  

"Rather than recognise a very obvious problems for children in the current system of family law and taking leadership to ensure the protection of children, the Family Court of Australia has chosen to use its energy to protect itself." 


Topics:  child abuse family court of australia family law petition reform

Further social media reports of shark sightings

A young surfer had a lucky escape after being hit by a shark at Broken Head near Byron Bay. Photo: Twitter - Geoffrey John Knapp.

Man describes the shark incident this morning

Go Fund Me for Amanda Nash to continue to receive donations

A photo of Amanda Nash and her daughter, Bonnie, posted on the GoFundMe fundraising page.

MORE than $68,000 raised for family of woman killed in crash

WATCH: Your North Coast National experiences

Stocking up on show bags (left to right): Tyler Elford, 4; Samantha Elford; Mason Elford, 2; Paige Jackson, 5; Aiden Jackson, 3.

You told us what you liked about the North Coast National

Local Partners

Taylor Swift files lawsuit over alleged groping

Taylor Swift source Bang

Swift has commenced legal action against a DJ over the incident

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Federal grant keeps NORPA telling our local stories

ANNOUNCEMENT: NORPA's Producer Marisa Snow, Artistic Director Julian Louis, General Manager Patrick Healy, Chair David Wolff, with Member for Page Kevin Hogan.

Arts company granted almost $400,00 over two years

Dad's Army comic genius Jim Perry dies

Jimmy Perry, the creator of Dad's Army.

Dad's Army series captured all that British people savour

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track