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Thursday, 2 December 1965


Mr GRIFFITHS (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I address a question to the Attorney-General. As matrimonial causes legislation is now uniform throughout Australia, is he satisfied that State Evidence Acts satisfy all Commonwealth requirements as to the admissibility of evidence, especially where litigants are foreigners and the documents submitted as evidence are not original documents? What protection have Australian citizens against blackmail, perjury and conspiracy when sued by persons who are unable to read or write their own language, especially when documentary evidence which comes before a court is written in languages using iliacs such as Syriac or Arabic and is interpreted by foreigners whose qualifications as interpreters or as experts in the role in which they appear have not been corroborated?

Will the Minister look at this very important aspect of matrimonial causes to ensure that no loophole exists whereby Australian citizens can become the victims of avaricious foreigners as appears to be the case at present?







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