Source: (1997) VOMA Quarterly 8 (Fall): 3, 4, 9.Growth in the development of family group conferencing in a number of countries has been accompanied by passionate advocates, skeptics, and strong critics. Writing within the Australian context, Palk believes that much of the comment has not adequately distinguished different models of conferencing in Australia. Hence, in this article he sketches the development of conferencing in Australia, beginning with the adoption and then adaptation of the New Zealand conferencing model. Special attention is paid to the distinctiveness of the Wagga Wagga (New South Wales) model of conferencing with its application of âreintegrative shamingâ? and âaffect theory.â?