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Wednesday, 22 March 1961

Mr COSTA (Banks) . - I draw the attention of the Attorney-General to clause 42 (l.)(a) which reads as follows: -

Subject to this section, a marriage shall not be solemnized unless -

(a)   notice in writing of the intended marriage has been given in accordance with this section and has been received by the authorized celebrant solemnizing the marriage not earlier than the ninetieth day before the date of the marriage and not later than the seventh day before the date of the marriage;

I have had representations made to me which I have referred to the AttorneyGeneral. I presume that he has given them attention. A number of clergymen consider that seven days is too short notice to be given to the churches. They regard this as a very important sacrament of the church. When a marriage is notified in a number of churches they like to have the banns announced on three successive Sundays before the marriage. I think that the churches would like to have the period of seven days altered to 28 days. A number of clergymen like to give those who apply for the right to marry some very important instruction before the ceremony is performed. They think that the business of marriage is more important than seven days' notice, would imply. Few ordinary contracts are finalized within seven days. I think this is a matter that should be considered. I move -

Omit "seventh", insert "twenty-eighth.".

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