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  • Child Reforms
2309, 2021

A 7-Point Plan of Reforms to Australia’s Child Support System

By |September 23rd, 2021|

Australia’s child support system was introduced by the Hawke Government in 1988. Since that time, it has undergone various incremental reforms such that the system as it stands in 2021 at times seems to work contrary to the well-being of children and their parents.  According to a renowned expert on ...

2808, 2021
  • this bloke

I Know This Bloke

By |August 28th, 2021|

I know this bloke: he is an old fella, but a single dad. He has been through the mill before; the ‘family court mill’, I mean. Anyway, he now has a 9-year-old little girl who is living with him. She is a beautiful, vibrant, loving, caring little girl. He has ...

1508, 2021
  • men in crisis

Men in Crisis

By |August 15th, 2021|

“Can you help me?” These were the words I first heard when I picked up the phone. “I can’t see my kids and I don’t know what to do. I feel like giving up and I am thinking about killing myself to shut off the pain.” The matter-of-fact way he ...

607, 2015

Frontline… The War on Men

By |July 6th, 2015|

There is a war on men but the greatest perpetrators are the men themselves. As Walt Kelly once said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Our single greatest enemy is our own passivity - mine included. Daily, I make the decision as Robert Lewis says, to “reject ...

1407, 2013

Fathers as Love Leaders

By |July 14th, 2013|

You may wonder why I am so committed to encouraging you to be the best father you can be for your children.  I could say that it’s the mountains of sociological studies that show a direct link between fatherlessness and dozens of social problems.  Sociologists from all over the globe, ...

1805, 2013

Happy Families, Healthy Economy

By |May 18th, 2013|

Last week I got a phone call from Mary-Louise Fowler, the coordinator of the World Congress of Families VII (WCF). She said with a worried voice, “We are in danger of losing some of our best speakers!” “Why?” I asked. Mary-Louise replied, “Homosexual activists are attacking the World Congress of Families because many of the ...

2711, 2005
  • domestic violence

I Just Got Off the Phone

By |November 27th, 2005|

I just got off the phone from another dad: devastated, crying, sobbing, absolutely gutted. "How can the mother of my children be so hurtful? I don't understand it”, he said between the tears. "I just want to see my kids. How hard is that?” Yesterday I was counselling one of ...

2310, 2005
  • Andrew Renouf

In Loving Memory of Andrew T Renouf (Part 2)

By |October 23rd, 2005|

Thank GOD we have DIDS in this country. 5 males a day, every day, suicide in this country. In Canada, it’s 9 a day. We are establishing links to start DIDS over there. ~~~ Andrew T. Renouf committed suicide on or about October 17, 1995, because he had 100% of ...

1610, 2005
  • Andrew Renouf

In Loving Memory of Andrew T Renouf (Part 1)

By |October 16th, 2005|

Thank GOD we have DIDS in this country. 5 males a day, every day, suicide in this country. In Canada, it's 9 a day. We are establishing links to start DIDS over there. ~~~ Andrew T. Renouf committed suicide on or about October 17, 1995, because he had 100% of ...

1109, 2005
  • no contact

Sometimes I Just Need to Switch Off

By |September 11th, 2005|

Well here it is, Saturday morning, and Warwick rang me for my article and I had nothing prepared. I was wandering around a shopping centre not particularly looking for anything, just in a bit of a daze. You see, sometimes things just get the better of me, and sometimes I ...

409, 2005
  • Father's Day without dad

Lonely Father’s Day

By |September 4th, 2005|

I have just returned from Sydney, where we have opened several DIDs groups over the past couple of weeks. It never ceases to amaze me, the guys I meet along the way. Absolutely awesome dads who, although they struggle on a daily basis to see their kids and hold down ...

2407, 2005
  • law reform

Law Reform Lacks Representation

By |July 24th, 2005|

Below are just a few of the emails that I have been swamped with since sending out the notice of public hearings for Wednesday and Thursday, today. Many are from women. ALL are of disgust. Where is the representation from men's groups, you ask? Easy -- they obviously didn't want ...

1906, 2005
  • dads

Delivering Dads Back to Their Children

By |June 19th, 2005|

In the coming weeks and months, we as mothers, fathers, children, grandparents and families await the Government’s answers to the proposed reforms within Family Law and within the Child Support Scheme. We have been waiting patiently, even though we have been experiencing the very same thing this grandmother (below) so ...

2205, 2005
  • single father

The Cry of a Single Father

By |May 22nd, 2005|

Please read this attached e-mail that I sent to 60 Minutes in an effort to try and get any help or understanding. It is hard to find a reason to go on when even your cry for help is told to be quiet. Dear Sixty Minutes, Please, you have got ...

1212, 2004
  • Father Christmas

Christmas – A Lonely Time for Single Dads

By |December 12th, 2004|

The Attorney General has released a discussion paper on Family Law Reform. Take the time, read it and put a submission in to: www.ag.gov.au Think about parallel parenting. Why can't it work here? We are coming up to Christmas. Many dads won't be seeing their kids for Christmas -- someone else ...

2410, 2004
  • family law - Wilberforce

The Fight for Justice (Part 1)

By |October 24th, 2004|

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 ...

1010, 2004
  • child support

Delinquent Dads?

By |October 10th, 2004|

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 ...

310, 2004
  • change

Change Don’t Come Easy

By |October 3rd, 2004|

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 ...

509, 2004
  • deadbeat dads?

Child Support and Deadbeat Dads – Myth Versus Fact (Part 2)

By |September 5th, 2004|

(continued from part 1) The next question then becomes, why doesn't this hard core group just pay up? Well of course, just as there are some taxpayers who will go to any lengths to avoid paying taxation, there will always be some who will adopt a similar attitude towards payment ...

1107, 2004
  • unemployment

A Harsh Statistic: Child Support and Unemployment

By |July 11th, 2004|

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 ...

306, 2004
  • teachers - fathers

Teachers versus Fathers

By |June 3rd, 2004|

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 ...

1503, 2004
  • single dads

Inspiring Single Dads

By |March 15th, 2004|

Here we go again -- my second Single Dads article in almost 1½ years of the FathersOnline newsletter. I always said the first article wouldn’t be the last. What has brought on this sudden burst of ‘single father inspiration? Read Peter Duncan’s email in the News & Info section before ...

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