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Wednesday, 18 November 1959

Sir GARFIELD BARWICK (Parramatta) (Attorney-General) . - I propose to move the suspension of Standing Orders in order to enable new clauses that it is proposed to insert in the Matrimonial Causes Bill 1959 to be considered by the Committee of the Whole in the order in which, if agreed to, they would appear in the act. By your indulgence, Mr. Speaker, may I explain that Standing Order No. 223 provides that new clauses shall be considered at the end of the bill. That procedure may not ordinarily present any problems, but in the case of this bill, where a relatively large number of new clauses are proposed, the procedure makes an adequate committee consideration difficult as the new clauses would be dealt with out of context in relation to existing clauses of the bill. I suggest, if I may, that it will suit the convenience of honorable members and simplify the committee procedure if new clauses are considered in their numerical order with the clauses printed in the bill. 1 ask for leave to move suspension of the appropriate Standing Orders.

Leave granted.

I therefore move -

That during the consideration in Committee of the Whole of the Matrimonial Causes Bill 1959, so much of Standing Order No. 223 be suspended as would prevent proposed new clauses being considered in their numerical order with the clauses as printed in the bill.

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