Friday, February 6, 2009

Family Court review after death of Darcey Freeman

Family Court review after death of Darcey Freeman

February 06, 2009
Article from:  Australian Associated Press
THE Federal Government has asked for a review of the Family Court's handling of a case involving the family of a young girl who was thrown from Melbourne's West Gate Bridge.
Darcey Freeman, four, died after she plunged 58 metres from the bridge last week. Her father Arthur Phillip Freeman has been charged with her murder. 

Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland has asked his department to review the family's case.
"Family law is an extremely difficult area and if there is anything we can learn from this tragedy to improve how the system is run we will not hesitate to take the necessary action," Mr McClelland said.
Victorian Premier John Brumby welcomed the review. 

"Anybody that's got family or friends who dealt with the Family Court, you know the system isn't perfect, I think it's very timely to review this case and to see the way in which it was managed," Mr Brumby said.
"It's a federal responsibility and I think the sooner that review's undertaken the better." 

Mr Brumby reiterated his desire to see a tribute to Darcey and all children built into Children's Week, which is held in the first week of October.

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