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Thursday, 19 November 1959


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

After clause 32, insert the following clause: - "32a. - (1.) For the purposes of paragraph (m) of section twenty-seven of this Act, the parties to a marriage may be taken to have separated notwithstanding that the cohabitation was brought to an end by the action or conduct of one only of the parties, whether constituting desertion or not. " (2.) A decree of dissolution of marriage may be made upon the ground specified in paragraph (m) of section twenty-seven of this Act notwithstanding that there was in existence at any relevant time -

(a)   a decree of a court suspending the obliga tion of the parties to the marriage to cohabit; or

(b)   an agreement between those parties for separation.".

This proposed new clause was discussed in conjunction with clause 27 (m) last evening, when it was explained.

Proposed new clause agreed to.

Proposed new clause 32b.







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