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Thursday, 21 November 1974
Page: 2680

Senator BAUME (New South Wales) - In looking at proposed clause 14a (2) J. notice that the wording indicates the purposes for which people may be interviewed by a marriage counsellor, and these include assisting the parties with a view to a reconciliation or the improvement of their relationship to each other and to the children of the marriage. I rise only to ask the Attorney-General whether he would concede that there is another major purpose of counselling in this situation, and that is to offer therapy to people. There is the actual therapeutic role of counselling in what is a very disturbed situation. If we are to spell out what the purposes of counselling are, should we include a few extra words to take in the meaning, say, 'or for purposes of offering personal counselling which may be necessary to cope with the problems resulting from a disturbed family relationship'? It is a slightly different thrust to what the services can be used for.

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