International Child Abduction


Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:44): I move:

That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 October 2011:

The incidence of international child abduction to and from Australia, including:

(a) the costs, terms and conditions of legal and departmental assistance for parents whose child has been abducted overseas;

(b) the effectiveness of the Hague Convention in returning children who were wrongly removed or retained, to their country of habitual residence;

(c) the roles of various Commonwealth departments involved in returning children who were wrongly removed or retained, to their country of habitual residence;

(d) policies, practices and strategies that could be introduced to streamline the return of abducted children; and

(e) any other related matters.

Question agreed to.

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