A team of liberal backbenchers were reportedly linked to the Shared Parenting Council and the mens rights agency in changing the family law. The Shared parenting council is connected to quite a number of organizations. We have tried to contact the author of this blog to obtain the original email, but have not received a response, so the source is from this blog:
It clearly reveals that the shared parenting is a major representative of fathers and against protecting children from child abuse. The Richard Hillman Foundation is also listed in this email. On the Richard Hillman Foundations Submission is John Abbott of the Black shirts as author of the document. The Shared Parenting Council is also affiliated on their website with the Lone Fathers Association. Here is a little history on the Lone Fathers:
Lone Fathers channelled its resources intosupporting a 40-year-old Brisbane man, Keith Shew,who took the Brisbane Domestic Violence ResourceCentre (DVRC) to the HREOC, alleging the centre haddiscriminated against him after his wife had beaten himwith a vacuum cleaner.Shew, who arrived at a Brisbane court seeking arestraining order against his wife, was denied accesslast year to a safe room occupied by women seekingrestraining orders—one of whom was Mrs Shew—by DVRC staff suspicious of his motives. "Mr Shewwas not allowed into the safe room because his wifewas sheltering from him inside", explained the centre'schair, Betty Taylor.In January, HREOC dismissed Shew's charges.Shew and Lone Fathers were incensed. Shew blitzedradio, TV and the newspapers, threatening to take hiscase to the United Nations. "I feel someone has to makea stand and tell government that men are the silentvictims of domestic violence", Shew declared outsidethe commission in January.Shew and Lone Fathers' ardour was somewhatdampened when an investigative journalist fromBrisbane's Courier-Mail unearthed police recordswhich revealed that Shew had a long criminal record,including eight convictions for assault, receiving stolengoods and weapons offences."
The lone fathers is also on record for this,
"In 1997, when a mother was granted leave to movefrom Queensland to Victoria with her daughters, theLone Fathers Association spokesperson responded bysaying:. . . violence would result, and judges would haveblood on their hands."
When the Lone Fathers Association was appointed as a mens health ambassador, there was a public outrage:
Williams goes to extremes in his advocacy for male victims of domestic violence. In 2006, he was a co-signatory of a response to “the anti-male UN report on ‘Violence against women’”, which argued that reporting of domestic violence was biased against men, including several claims that women are greater perpetrators of domestic violence than men"The Shared Parenting Council of Australia is on the lobbyist register holding Geoffrey Green as director. Geoffrey Green has an interesting history. In 2007, he was investigated by the AFP for misuse of electoral funds. Apparently he received his marching orders in 2008.
Geoffrey Greene is not the only MP that was involved in the Shared Parenting Council of Australia and its affiliates. Ann Bressington was a member of the Festival of Light(page 3) an affiliate of the Shared Parenting Council and a branch of the Australian Christian Lobby. Despite Ann Bressigton making claims that she is no longer part of that movement, the Shared Parenting Council of Australia continues to post her campaign materials. Her Facebook profile contains an overwhelming amount of "friends" that are also members of mens groups and her rhetoric on child protection is no different to the rhetoric used to champion the shared parenting laws that harmed children in the first place.