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Wednesday, 22 March 1961

Mr DUTHIE (Wilmot) .- Can the Attorney-General tell us whether any of these definitions includes the title of " Registrar of Marriage "? I am wondering whether there will be a Commonwealth Registrar of Marriages with counterparts in the States, known as deputy registrars of marriages. I was wondering how this provision will be administered, whether it will be left to the State registrars throughout the Commonwealth or whether there will be a Commonwealth authority in Canberra, having in his possession all the registrations throughout the Commonwealth, and deputies in each State having duplicate copies, or vice versa? I do not know whether that aspect of the matter is covered in the bill. I think that the Attorney-General could help us on that point. In short, is any distinction made, in the definition of " Registrar of Marriages ", between the one who celebrates the marriage and the one who registers the marriage? If my reading of the bill is correct, the word " Registrar " has no distinction. It is just the one word " Registrar ". I am not sure whether that fine distinction has been made between the two sections - the one who celebrates the marriage and the one who registers it.

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