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Tuesday, 22 November 1960

Sir GARFIELD BARWICK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - I have not read the document to which the honorable member refers, but I inform the House that I did consider whether it would be possible to allow the State courts to continue to function under their existing rules under the new act. This I found to be impossible unless the States all made changes of very wide significance in their rules. Consequently, I considered it better that the Commonwealth make one set of rules. On each occasion when any one has suggested to me that the proposed rules would make divorce more costly, I have examined the submissions made, and when I have got down to details, I have found that in no instance have the suggestions made by the persons who have approached me proved to be correct.

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