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Thursday, 19 November 1959

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

Omit the clause, insert the following clause: - " 42. Where a decree of dissolution of marriage under this Act has become absolute, a party to the marriage may marry again as if the marriage had been dissolved by death.".

The only effect of this amendment is to make it quite clear that, once a decree has been made absolute, parties can safely marry again. As the existing clause has been drawn, there is some possibility of an appeal after decree absolute, but the amendment will make this no longer possible.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 43 and 44 - by leave - taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 45 (Incapacity to consummate marriage).

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