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Australia to End Parental Authority

February 11, 2006 permalink

Australia will soon be coercing parents to execute contracts requiring them to follow state orders in their conduct inside their homes.



The Australian

Neglectful parents to sign court contracts

February 06, 2006

COURTS will be able to order parents of children at risk of neglect to sign parenting contracts under new laws to be passed in NSW.

The parental responsibility contract law would be the first of its kind in Australia.

Premier Morris Iemma said the contracts, which would be lodged in the Children's Court, could require parents to undertake parenting programs, stop taking illegal drugs or quit drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. The Department of Community Services would be able to apply to the court for contracts to be drawn up. Parents who failed to sign the contracts or meet their obligations would risk having their children placed in care.

"We know that the majority of people take their responsibilities as parents very seriously," Mr Iemma said yesterday.

"If parents want help then we will provide it, but the Government cannot replace the integral role that parents need to play."

Community Services Minister Reba Meagher said studies showed that of 1000 children neglected by their parents, 256 would come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

Source: the Australian, pointed out by K Karolak