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Wednesday, 22 March 1961

Mr BANDIDT (Wide Bay) .- I wish to deal with a point raised by the honorable member for Banks (Mr. Costa), regarding the seven days' notice of the intended marriage. I think the wording of the bill makes it clear that one has up to the 90th day before the date of the marriage in which to give notice. However, seven days is the minimum and therefore, in every case where a clergyman wishes to have plenty of notice, he has ample opportunity for arranging that notice, because he has up to 90 days. Nevertheless, there are cases in which it would be inconvenient to have to give more than seven days' notice. I think that that provision, as now worded, gives ample scope and is, therefore, desirable as it stands.

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