What measures do you think should be taken in Australia to prevent forced marriages?
It would come as a surprise to most of us that there is no specific law preventing the arrangement of forced marriages in Australia. We do have laws preventing human trafficking and kidnap, but these may not prevent forced marriages being arranged in Australia and taking place in other countries.
The Australian Government has released a discussion paper and is seeking public comment about measures to prevent forced marriages. Such measures might include the creation of specific new offences, and waysof preventing victims leaving Australia.
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by Marguerite Picard, Family Divorce Lawyer, Melbourne, VIC