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Wednesday, 18 November 1959

Sir GARFIELD BARWICK (Parramatta) (Attorney-General) . - I move -

In sub-clause (1.) after "sub-section", insert " and to section nineteen a of this Act ".

May I explain the purpose of this amendment? In proposed section 19a, which is covered by amendment No. 9, I have provided a means whereby people who are within the degrees of affinity may, in very special circumstances, obtain permission to marry. In the bill as originally drawn, the degrees of affinity are set out. They are not as stringent as they are in some States. However, upon listening to a number of people, I had it pressed on me that there are sometimes very exceptional cases in which it is necessary to relax even the degrees which I have set out in the bill. If the committee will look at amendment No. 8 it will see that there is a means whereby a judge may give a couple permission to marry although they are within the degrees of affinity prescribed in the schedule to the act. It is necessary to make this insertion in clause 18 in anticipation of the insertion of proposed clause 19a.

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