More suicides, more heartbreak and less access to justice for the average Australian family.
That's the bleak picture independent senator Jacqui Lambie has painted of the coalition government's controversial plan to merge the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court.
In a blistering excoriation, the firebrand Tasmanian tore shreds off the government over the lack of funding across the justice system.
"If you think the heartache and the suicides going on out there are bad enough, if you've got half a conscience, wait until you see what's coming because it is a trainwreck in action," Senator Lambie told parliament on Wednesday.
The merger is on track with key crossbench senator Rex Patrick agreeing to support the bill after the government guaranteed a minimum number of specialist family law judges.
Attorney-General Christian Porter has defended the reform, arguing it will ease long delays for families and fix a broken system.
Senator Lambie said overworked family court judges were being asked to work like burger cooks rushing to pump out food on a production line.
She said without a major funding increase, the merger would do nothing to stop more hurt and misery for families.
"I didn't sign up to be a politician to do that. Obviously the attorney did though," she said.
Senator Lambie urged Mr Porter to put his money where his mouth is in addressing staffing and resourcing in family law.
"I hope you can wear it mate, because you're going to see a lot more hurt going on in these families and more suicides going on," she said.
"I hope you can sleep at night time. Quite frankly, you disgust me."
Mr Porter says the merger provides a single point of entry for family law and a common set of rules, procedures, practices and approaches to case management.
Senator Lambie said the idea average Australians could access courts like on TV was a fantasy.
"The truth is that process is messy and it is slow and it is incredible expensive and it is becoming out of reach to many normal Australians," she said.
"That's where our justice system is going and that is so unfair - here's the great divide between the rich and the poor."
Senator Lambie is concerned the backlog in family courts will be exacerbated by the merger.
"I don't know what planet you are sitting on, attorney-general, but come back to earth because it's causing great harm to many Australians out there," she said.
"Our court system - the whole lot of it - is in dire straits and now you're going to throw this family court system in with the rest of it."
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