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Wednesday, 19 October 1983
Page: 1971


Mr CADMAN(7.44) —Briefly, I am adverting really to judgments that I have seen. The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr Lionel Bowen) might like to see the judges' statements which indicate that, for six months, a person will be maintained by his or her spouse. The judgment says that after that period that person will be eligible for welfare payments. Judges are writing these matters into the decisions that they are making. People's lives are being affected on the basis that the judge presupposes that a welfare payment will automatically apply.


Mr Lionel Bowen —They have always done it.


Mr CADMAN —Whether or not they have always done it, I think it is unconscionable . A judge under those circumstances cannot make that sort of assessment.


Mr Lional Bowen —Of course he can. It is the law.


Mr CADMAN —It is my proposal that that law be changed.

Question put:

That the amendment (Mr Cadman's) be agreed to.