The Australian Greens will move to strike down the Abbott Government's court fee increases, which legal centres have said will delay victims of domestic violence from seeking a divorce.
Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright, who will introduce the disallowance motion next week, said increasing the cost of divorce applications from $845 to $1195 was excessive.
"It is completely inappropriate to use family breakdown as a cash cow for the government," Senator Wright said.
"The Greens know these cruel fee hikes to Family Court fees will make it harder for victims of domestic violence to seek a divorce.
"Higher divorce and subpoena fees are an effective tax on court users, targeting people in need right when they are most vulnerable.
"It is a blatant revenue-raising measure from the Abbott Government. Divorce applications are very straightforward and usually only take 10 minutes each - it is not these cases that are soaking up the court's resources.
"The Greens are confident we will have the parliamentary support to strike down these unjustified and cruel fee increases."