Claims Japan consulate helps abduct Australian children

The Australian Government says it is committed to doing everything it can to return children who have been wrongfully taken from Australia.

The issue has recently emerged as the group Australians with Abducted Children Japan, claims Japanese consulates in Australia are freely issuing new passports to a parent who wants to abduct their child.

Australian parents say they are helpless to have their child legally returned because Japan still has not signed off on the Hague Convention, an international agreement recognising custody rights.

Presenter: Sonja Heydeman

Speaker: Deborah Awyzio, President of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland; Wendy Kayler-Thomson, partner with Forte Family Lawyers in Melbourne; Neil Wyman, Queensland grandfather

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