Roland Foster

About Roland Foster

Roland Foster is an non-custodial father, separated since 1997, with 5 young children aged between 6 and 14 years. Roland is a passionate father and an active social reformer who believes Australia's current laws are contributing to the creation of our fatherless society.
  • law - Wilberforce

The Fight for Justice (Part 2): How Wilberforce Achieved Success

That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done, So, there is nothing new under the sun. This observation was written in about 935 BC. It is as true today as it was then. Its modern equivalent is the saying, “History always repeats itself.” Last week’s article revealed the similarities in the responses to the introduction of two parliamentary ...

By |2021-09-11T11:42:10+10:00November 1st, 2004|SINGLE DADS, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE|0 Comments
  • family law - Wilberforce

The Fight for Justice (Part 1)

Mahatma Gandhi once said that when facing adversaries, they first ignore you, then they fight you and then you win. Those people who despair at the apparent lack of progress in the fight for social justice for separated families need to take heart from Gandhi's observation. We have successfully accomplished the first stage of the battle: they’re ignoring us.  If you doubt this success, then read the report by the parliamentary ...

By |2021-09-11T11:43:08+10:00October 24th, 2004|SINGLE DADS, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE|0 Comments
  • child support

Delinquent Dads?

The best decisions about the care, welfare and support of children are those made by their parents. However, the Child Support Agency has decided that it should take over this role. As a result, I know plenty of non-custodial fathers (and one mother) who not only have no intention of ever paying child support, but also do everything they possibly can to avoid it. I’m one of them. What do you ...

By |2021-06-29T11:13:51+10:00October 10th, 2004|SINGLE DADS, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE|0 Comments
  • change

Change Don’t Come Easy

Many people have a solid, ingrained resistance to change, particularly when that change doesn’t align with the way they think. Our understanding and perception of the world around us is, to a large degree moulded by the culture of our age. When we look back to another age, another time and culture, we are often horrified by how the reasoning of the proponents of change has been trivialised, debunked or ignored. ...

By |2021-06-18T15:03:46+10:00October 3rd, 2004|SINGLE DADS, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE|0 Comments
  • unemployment

A Harsh Statistic: Child Support and Unemployment

A harsh statistic, which should be sobering and alarming to both legislators and their advisors, but has been largely ignored, is that about 40% of all payer clients held captive by the Child Support Agency (CSA) are effectively unemployed. Another statistic that appears to have also made no impact on government decision-makers is that 76% of all unemployed men receiving unemployment benefits are payer clients of the CSA. The cost of ...

By |2021-06-18T15:10:41+10:00July 11th, 2004|SINGLE DADS, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE|0 Comments
  • young child

When They Are Very Young

I was 27 years old when, on my first day of teaching, I was presented with a class full of ten-year-old children. I remember thinking that I hadn’t seen or spoken to a ten-year-old since I was ten. I felt equally inadequate a few years later when I was handed my firstborn child. My knowledge of what was required of me was limited to an understanding that this creature was a ...

By |2021-06-18T15:23:30+10:00June 21st, 2004|NEW DADS, Babies, Children, FAMILIES, SINGLE DADS|1 Comment
  • teachers - fathers

Teachers versus Fathers

The observation that separated couples rarely get along with each other would come as no revelation to anyone. It is generally relationship problems that lead to the separation in the first place. Yet these relationship difficulties are often used by the Family Court as the basis for refusing shared parenting and for restricting a father’s contact with his children. I know of one case where a judge, who found no fault ...

By |2021-06-29T11:13:56+10:00June 3rd, 2004|SINGLE DADS, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE|0 Comments
  • authority

Whose Authority?

It is a well-known adage that evil triumphs when good men do nothing. The events of history testify to the truth of this saying. Yet, there are plenty of examples in history of good men accepting the authority of a tyrannical government. The apostle Paul was a Jew living under the dominance of a conquering nation, the Romans. Despite this, he taught that it was important to be obedient and submissive ...

By |2021-09-01T18:39:55+10:00June 2nd, 2003|SINGLE DADS, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE, FAITH|0 Comments
  • family reports

Family Reports

Each year in Australia thousands of children are being mentally and emotionally abused by the Family Court of Australia by being forced to participate in an investigation of their parents’ competency. This process is called a ‘Family Report’. Many children are severely harmed by the experience. Family Reports are a massive and unjustified violation of the rights of children and parents. They contribute significantly to the social tragedy of the separation ...

  • suicide

The Silent Epidemic: Suicide

In June, 2000, a 44-year-old father experiencing family separation killed himself in the bush in the Victorian Gippsland region. Greg Wilton had a five-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter. This event made national news because Greg Wilton was also a federal parliamentarian. Each year in Australia, more than 2,500 people die by suicide. This is significantly more than the national road toll (about 1,700). Most people are aware of the focus ...

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