Hanson taints inquiry before it even starts
TIME and time again, Coalition ministers and MPs spruik how Scott Morrison has great instincts.
Politicians don't always get it right, and allowing Pauline Hanson to co-chair an inquiry into family law could be a political booby trap for the PM.
Hanson has been pushing for a royal commission into family law for years - and there is a need for a proper blow torch.
But with comments like these: "There are people out there who are nothing but liars and who will use that in the court system" and "I am hearing too many cases where parents are using domestic violence to stop the other parent from seeing their children", Hanson has tainted the inquiry before it has even started.
Morrison Government ministers quickly came out last week to rightly denounce the comments. They may be doing that for the next 12 months given Hanson's knack for verbalising issues that are offensive to large parts of the community.
Whether that has ever happened or is happening is not the substantive issue and there can never be a point where a woman or man does not come forward to report domestic abuse because they are worried they will be branded a liar.
While Attorney-General Christian Porter has revealed sweeping changes to the Family Court in a bid to speed up trials, one of the biggest problems is greedy lawyers gobbling up family finances.
In these complex cases there are generally winners and losers but every day is payday for many family lawyers.
That is just one issue in a system that is geared towards confrontation rather than mediation.
When you're charging by the hour there's clearly an incentive for the fight to continue.
That is just one issue that needs to be put under a microscope. It is also time to evaluate the effectiveness of how child support is calculated.
It probably would have been smarter for Morrison to announce a royal commission into family law. He would have won political points from Hanson anyway.