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Thursday, 21 November 1974
Page: 2658

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral) - I suppose the real answer might be so as to avoid friction with the States. My inclination is the same as that of Senator Greenwood. What we have done is to provide that the court may make an order if satisfied that there are special circumstances that justify the making of the order. These children, after all, are, under the law of the State, wards of the State. Frankly, the honourable senator would not have to press me very hard to say that they should be treated much the same as any others. I am giving the honourable senator the reason why the power has been put cautiously. It has been done so as not to cause friction. That is the only reason. It is clear that the court ought to have the power to do this but because these children are under the care and control of Ministers of State and so on it is said that there are special circumstances.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 11 to 13- by leave- taken together.

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