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Wednesday, 13 November 1974
Page: 2297


Senator COLEMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I present the following petition from 13 citizens of the Commonwealth:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of the Commonwealth respectfully showeth:

(a)   Irretrievable breakdown of marriage as the sole ground for divorce, as set down in the Family Law Bill 1973 based on one year's separation.

(b)   Maintenance to be based on the needs of all the parties in a failed marriage. Effective automatic permanent entitlement to an ex-wife to be abolished.

(c)   Emphasis to be placed on rehabilitation and retraining of estranged wives to enable them to be independent.

(d)   Custody to be awarded in disputed cases on the basis of a qualified panel recommendation and to only take in to account the material, moral, and psychological well being of children involved, not the possessive demands of their parents.

(e)   Matrimonial property to be divided equally, taking into account initial contributions.

(f)   Costs of matrimonial proceedings to be divided equally.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received.







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