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Thursday, 19 November 1959

Mr MACKINNON (Corangamite) . - I do not think that anybody in this committee would have any illusion in regard to where my sympathies lie in regard to the amendment moved by the honorable member for Mackellar (Mr. Wentworth), which would remove from the action of 27 (m) undefended cases where it was proved that there was no justification for the petitioner to claim what could be described as unreasonable behaviour or difficulty in compatibility. So, Sir, I am completely in sympathy with the basis for the amendment. I have already expressed my view on it, and I believe also that by voting against clause 27 (m) I have signified my position. At the same time, I think that the trend of the argument presented in opposition to clause 27 (m) has been largely based on this principle of giving some form of protection to the innocent party in a divorce obtained under the clause. So I feel that the vote taken in the early hours of this morning was taken basically on this present issue and, whilst I am in complete support of the honorable member for Mackellars idea, I believe it would be defeating the forms of the House if we were to take this present amendment to a vote. So I must state my position again, that whilst I am in sympathy with it, I feel that I must either abstain from voting on the amendment, or vote against it.

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