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FAMILY LAW AMENDMENT BILL 1983

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the further consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Consideration resumed of Clause 47, as amended, and of the amendment moved thereto by Senator Walters, viz: Page 35, proposed section 98A, lines 3 to 25, leave out the proposed section, insert the following new section: ''98A. At the date fixed for the hearing of proceedings for dissolution of marriage, both parties to the marriage shall attend the court, unless the court, in its discretion, determines that the attendance of either or both parties is not practical.''.

Ordered-That the Chairman of Committees (Senator Hamer) report progress and ask leave to sit again.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Colston) resumed the Chair; and Senator Hamer reported that the Committee had considered the Bill, made progress, and asked leave to sit again.

Ordered-That the Committee have leave to sit again at a later hour of the day.