Australian Story Tonight- Catherine Smith

Australian Story Tonight- Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith

Normally I would not plug a TV show, but I was touched by this ABC media release:

They say everybody has a breaking point. After 30 years Catherine Smith finally reached hers.

For three decades, Catherine Smith endured sadistic domestic violence described as one of the most extreme examples ever witnessed in Australia.

Finally two years ago, she pointed a loaded gun at her estranged husband Kevin Smith.

The result … a landmark court case that drove a jury to tears.


Tonight at 8pm, ABC1

Tuesday 2 September at 8pm, ABC2

Saturday 6 September at 12.30pm, ABC1

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Forced Marriage

On November 1st 2023, Accredited Family Law Specialist and Page Provan Director Stephen Page presented a paper at the Brisbane Zonta Club about forced marriage. I acknowledge the Jagera and Turrbal peoples, on whose lands we meet today, their elders, past, present and emerging. Ruqia Hidari was aged 21 and living in Victoria, when, according to police,… Read More »Forced Marriage

ACT Government Surrogacy Bill

The ACT Government has today introduced a bill to amend the ACT’s surrogacy laws. The proposed changes are more incremental than fundamental. They include allowing a single person to undertake surrogacy, for the surrogate to be single if needed, a requirement for legal advice and counselling beforehand, a written agreement being required, that traditional surrogacy is… Read More »ACT Government Surrogacy Bill

Planning to resolve: ADR in ART

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