Lawyers are arguing that grandparents can still take the stand in court to challenge their children’s child abuse charges and argue that the child has not been subjected to a “cruel and unusual punishment”.
The Federal Government says it wants to give grandparents “more freedom” to take the witness stand to challenge a charge against their grandchildren.
The case centres around a case involving a 14-year-old girl who allegedly committed indecent acts with another man.
Ms Williams said the court had not been given any reason why the woman should not be given a child abuse conviction and was worried she would lose her grandparent status.
“I’m worried for her,” Ms Williams said.
“[The woman] is an adult and she is not in custody of her children, she’s not in the care of her grandparents.
She can’t come to court.”
Ms Wilkins said the Government had no evidence of any harm to the children’s welfare.
Children should not have to go to trial for child abuse if their parents can’t take the evidence, she said.
“That’s just a sad way of looking at things,” she said, adding that she hoped the court would not make grandparents “part of the problem”.
“They should not make the problem worse.
There should be no reason for grandparents to make it worse.”
The government has promised to introduce a new system to give parents more freedom to make the child witness stand.
A spokesman for the Attorney-General’s Department said it was working to “ensure that grandparent protections are in place for children and their grandparents”.