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Professor Patrick Parkinson AM
Specialist in Family Law

Patrick Parkinson AM is a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney. He was chairperson of a major review of New South Wales law concerning child protection which led to the enactment of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998. He served from 2004-2007 as chairperson of the Family Law Council, an advisory body to the Federal Attorney-General, and also chaired a review of the Child Support Scheme in 2001-05 which led to the enactment of major changes to the Child Support Scheme. He is President of the International Society of Family Law.

Professor Parkinson was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 for service to the law and to legal education, particularly in the area of family and child protection law, as an author, through contributions to policy reform, and to the community.

He has authored several books including Family Law and the Indissolubility of Parenthood (2011), Tradition and Change in Australian Law (4th edition, 2010), Australian Family Law in Context (4th edition, 2009), The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes (with Judy Cashmore, 2008), Child Sexual Abuse and the Churches (2nd edition, 2003) and Principles of Equity (editor, 2nd edition, 2003).

He also works with churches on child protection issues. He is married to Martha and has a son. They attend a baptist church in Sydney.