We reported on this case earlier today, and I predicted that this very likely had something to do with Australia's fathers rights people. Notice that my suspicions are starting to get confirmed: the police standoff (with 12-year-old daughter hostage), complete with bomb threat, took place "near a family court building." And that it was related to a "custody battle" over the girl.
Because of incidents like this, Australia is now looking at overhauling its family law, the same law that gave near automatic access to dangerous dads like this one back in 2006. In response, the fathers rights groups of Australia have launched a barrage of attack articles in the last week or so making ridiculous claims like "Women's rights push dads aside" or that "Children suffer under political correctness." Or this one with it's (veiled) threat: "Family bill could raise murder rates - Men's lobby group says." Of course, these articles ignore all the violent fathers that have, in fact, murdered their children because they were able to secure access to their victims--dads like ARTHUR FREEMAN, ROBERT FARQUHARSON, PAUL ROGERS, RAMAZAN ACAR, and others.
So what we see here, is probably a "political statement" as to what the militant abuser daddy lobby has in mind if they don't get their way. Why aren't these tactics being denounced as terrorism?
And this is evidence that Australia should continue it's kid-glove treatment of violent fathers? If anything, dads like this are proving WHY WE NEED TO REFORM THE LAW.
Cops nab man who held daughter hostage
September 6 2011 at 08:15pm
SYDNEY: Australian police today rescued a 12-year-old girl from her father who had held her captive with a suspected backpack bomb for almost 12 hours, police and local media said.
The 52-year-old man had earlier walked into a legal office in Sydney, accompanied by his daughter, and started a standoff with police that media linked to a custody battle for the girl.
“Negotiations broke down and we reached a stage where we had to do something,” Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford said at the scene after police broke into the office.
Police said the man had been arrested and the girl taken to a waiting ambulance, adding that explosives experts were still studying the backpack. No one else was in the office during the siege, which took place near a Family Court building in outer Sydney.
“We have always operated on the assumption that there was an explosive device in that backpack,” Clifford said. “The girl is very upset and appears distressed, which is understandable, but she is otherwise unharmed,” he added.
Police would not say whether the girl was the man’s daughter, as local media have maintained, but a Sky TV reporter said the girl was heard screaming “That's my dad!” as she was led away from the scene.