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Tuesday, 29 November 1960

Sir GARFIELD BARWICK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - The honorable member's question opens up many possibilities. It indicates that political affairs, like matrimonial affairs, are full of surprises. Far from considering an approach to a marriage guidance council, and seeing that the period of five years separation has been completed and there is no chance of reconciliation, I rather expected an application for a permanent decree - a final divorce. I could not ask a marriage guidance counsellor to interfere in this matter because the known character of these parties does not lead me to think that there will be any genuine reconciliation, and a marriage guidance counsellor could not sit in on a shot-gun reconciliation.

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