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Wednesday, 22 March 1961

Mr KILLEN (Moreton) .- Australia is now well on the way to having a uniform law for marriage, just as it has a uniform law for divorce. But there is one very vital sector of family laws that I feel has been neglected by all of us. I refer to the maintenance laws, and particularly do I refer to the plight of deserted wives. In the past I have raised this matter on several occasions, and I hope that in the very near future somehow or other the Parliament will avail itself of an opportunity to examine critically the desperate plight of deserted wives in this country. Deserted wives are, in asense, ancillaries of marriages. I am disturbed mightily to know that the Government and the taxpayers are finding for deserted wives a sum of money each year considerably in excess of £3,000,000. I hope that the AttorneyGeneral (Sir Garfield Barwick) may be able to appeal to the State Attorneys-General to correct this palpable weakness in our family laws.

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