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Thursday, 19 November 1959

Mr BEAZLEY (Fremantle)

Very briefly, I wish to speak in opposition to the third reading of the bill because of the continued presence in it of what we knew as clause 27 (m), whatever it has now become by amendment. Notwithstanding what the honorable member for Grayndler (Mr. Daly) has stated, I believe that people have been endeavouring to arrive at something that would do justice. Many have supported the clause to which I referred because they felt that it did justice in the case of broken marriages. But I have seen cases in Western Australia in which a similar provision - admittedly without the attempted safeguards that are included in this measure - did the greatest injustice to women and their families. Because of that, I opposed that part of the bill to the best of my ability. Its continued presence in the measure leads to my opposition at this stage.

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