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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1858


Senator SHEIL - I present the following petition from 1310 citizens of Australia:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

Petition to register objections to the introduction of the Family Law Bill into the Australian Parliament.

The Petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth:

We, the undersigned persons, interested in the welfare of the family life in Australia and the maintenance of community standards, desire to bring to the notice of the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled, the registration of protests to the principle contained in the Family Law Bill.

The bases upon which the protests are founded are:

(1)   We consider that as no well-publicised inquiry to which the Australian people were invited to submit their views was held, the proposed legislation does not reflect the views of the Australian community in a matter of vital importance.

(2)   We consider that the proposed legislation does not support the principle laid down by United Nation's Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which states "The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State", in that:

(a)   It makes divorce easier to obtain by removal of concept of guilt and drastic shortening of time required to prove irretrievable breakdown of marriage.

(b)   There would appear to be no requirement that an honest attempt at reconciliation be made before a dissolution of marriage is granted.

(c)   There would appear to be no provision for compulsory conferences as at present- it is a proven fact that many marriages have been saved at these conferences.

(3)   The present law provides that consideration is given to the support of wife and children; it would seem that in the proposed law it will be far more difficult for the family to receive just consideration in the event of a dissolution of the marriage.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate, in Parliament assembled should be informed that the attached pages 1 to 54 be considered as supporting the statements contained above as objections to the introduction of the Family Law Bill into the Australian Parliament.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.







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