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Wednesday, 22 March 1961


Mr BEATON (Bendigo) .- I wish to direct attention to clause 42 (l.)(b), which provides that a marriage shall not be solemnized unless - there has been produced to that authorized celebrant, in respect of each of the parties -

(i)   an official certificate, or an official extract of an entry in an official register, showing the date and place of birth of the party.

I ask the Attorney-General: What is an official certificate or an official extract? In many cases the parties to a marriage may have been born in the district in which the marriage is to take place. In such cases the records of the births may be recorded in the register of the church in which the marriage is to take place. In those circumstances will the parties be required to produce an official certificate, and would not an entry in the baptismal register or the register of births in the particular church be sufficiently reliable proof of birth? I had intended, if an entry in the baptismal register is not acceptable under the legislation as now framed, to move the following amendment: -

After the words " of the party " in line 40 of page 19, insert the following words, "except where the baptismal register or register of births of the church in which the marriage is to be celebrated contains an entry showing the date and place of birth of the party ".

However, the Minister may already have had such a proposal put to him, and he may have had good reasons for not accepting it. I ask for his consideration of this point.







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