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Civil Disobedience Cautioned

FAMILIES APART REQUIRE EQUALITY (FARE)

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Media Release - 24/2/01 - For immediate release

Civil Disobedience Cautioned

"The civil disobedience campaign being touted by some parents' groups is not supported by all family rights lobby groups," says Families Apart Require Equality (FARE) spokesperson Darryl Ward.

"FARE does not support civil disobedience. I can however understand the frustration of these fathers, but breaking the law is not the solution.

"Many fathers question why they should pay money to their ex partners for children they are not allowed to see.

"They are understandably frustrated that their only role as a father that is recognised is as a provider of child support. To those fathers I say I know your feelings, I have been there, I know the pain of disenfranchisement, but please do not choose to break the law. That will only reflect badly on all fathers".

"New Zealand fathers' are an extremely diverse group, and we celebrate this diversity. We believe fathers who have lost their children in this way should not stay silent, but maintaining dignity and approaching things in the right way is how FARE and many others in the movement choose to do things.

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