From Matt O'Connor's blog at Fathers4Justice :
..Let me spell out what we stand for – what we have ALWAYS stood for since 2001.
- Legal presumption to contact – we will give all parents and grandparents a right in law to see their children and grandchildren.
- Legal presumption to equal parenting – we will give all parents the right in law to be treated equally and share parenting time equally.
- We advocate a new Bill of Rights for the Family in the 21st Century as outlined in our Blueprint for Family Law.
- We support wholesale family law reform, open courts and a public enquiry led by Sir Bob Geldof into the operations of the secret family courts. Courts are for criminals, not families.
- We support a Truth & Reconciliation Commission which will investigate the conduct of the judiciary and government and compensate those families affected for loss of family life.
- We believe Child Support should mean emotional and financial support and the benefits should be divided on the basis of parenting time.
Our starting point is this: as fathers we are not recognised in law. We have no representation in our parliament and no voice in our country. Clearly, the other groups do not represent our views either. This isn’t a difficult or complicated issue. Some people seem to be getting tangled up in cod philosophy by over-intellectualising the issues.
Let me be clear – this is a Civil Rights issue and a Human Rights issue.
Let me remind everyone that David Norgrove said last year that fathers had no rights and deserved no rights.
It is unthinkable that any other race, gender or religion would fall over itself to apologise for standing up for its own rights to the extent it hides behind that pathetic catch call ‘children’s rights’ position – a position that has been so abused by government and the secret courts that it is now a euphemism for the state sponsored abuse of children in the family courts.
Forget Jimmy Savile, the biggest child abuse scandal is still going on behind closed doors – the closed doors of secret family courts. Courts that proclaim the ‘best interests of the child’ whilst failing to keep any records on the outcomes for children. So when anyone tells you they are campaigning for ‘children’s rights, treat these words with extreme caution...