e-Newsletter  |  March 2019

Recent Event -
Breakfast Presentation & Services Showcase

The purpose of our first Network event for 2019, held at the Maroochy Surf Club on 21 March, was two-fold:  to take a closer look at the ALRC's review of the Family Law system, as well as providing a platform for local businesses and organisations operating within our sector to update us on their stories. 

We were privileged and delighted to be the beneficiaries of presentations from barrister and mediator Ross McSwan and solicitor Samantha Bolton who considered the ALRC's review in a historical context, and highlighted some of the probable
developments that will affect our professional practice in the next five years, as well as those that are already in train relating to property reform, the handling of domestic violence matters and aspects of the Family Law system relating to children.  Thank you Ross and Sam for being so generous with your time and for your preparedness to share your insights. 

The ALRC's report will be delivered to the Attorney-General this Sunday, 31 March, and we will follow the review outcomes with great interest.  

Our thanks also to Finnigan Santoso Law, McCarthy Family Law, Act 4 Tomorrow Separation Specialists, 6S Coaching, Suncoast Community Legal Service, Assent Communications, UnitingCare and QSTARS for their support of the event.  The audience appreciated learning more about their services, and how they are able to contribute to collaborative practice, and our Sunshine Coast community more broadly.

Finally, a thank you to Karl Manning, one of our Steering Committee members, for his very capable MCing of the event.


L-R (1st row):  Ross McSwan and Samantha Bolton |  Networking  |  Rita Iagoe and Shirley Mallett; (2nd row) Christopher Mammen, Helen Slater and Alexandra Brunswick  |  Denise Kay and Jo Croxton  |  Kristy Asquith and Jason Bigalla.

In the News -

Attorney-General’s Media Releases:

Strengthening Family Safety by Enhancing Communication between Family Law Courts and States and Territories - 5 March

Appointments to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia - 11 March

Appointments to the Family Court of Australia - 11 March

Family Violence Law Help Website Launched - 11 March

Appointments to the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia - 14 March

Morrison Government acts on abuse of older Australians - 19 March

Appointments to the Family Court of Australia - 22 March

Appointments to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia - 22 March


Judge's tirade exposes 'crisis' in family courts, Australian Financial Review, 17 March

Bar Association of Queensland urges against rush to Merger Bills (media release) - 21 March

"The Bar Association of Queensland has urged Federal Parliament against immediate debate on the Federal Courts Merger Bills.

Bar Association of Queensland President Rebecca Treston QC said the Australian Law Commission’s report into the family law system should be considered before the Parliament debated the Bills on the merger of the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court ..."

'Reform' hurts those at the mercy of a flawed family court system - The Australian (subscriber service only), 21 March

Steering committee -

We extend a warm welcome to Miriam Barber (Senior Associate at Lember and Williams), as the newest member of our Steering Committee.  We look forward to working with Miriam in the year ahead.
New members - 

A reminder that the Family Law Pathways Network Sunshine Coast warmly welcomes new Members.  Membership is FREE to join: encourage interested colleagues to simply email their details to the FLPN Co-ordinator via this link.
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