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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2887


The CHAIRMAN - The Attorney-General (Senator Murphy) seeks leave to alter the amendment which was before the Senate. Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.


Senator MURPHY -I move:

Alter sub-clause (4), add the following new sub-clauses:

(5)   Where a court having jurisdiction under this Act is of the opinion that counselling may assist the parties to a marriage to improve their relationship to each other and to any child of the marriage, it may advise the parties to attend upon a marriage counsellor or an approved marriage counselling organization and, if it thinks it desirable to do so, adjourn any proceedings before it to enable the attendance.

(6)   Where it appears from an application for dissolution of a marriage that the parties have been married for less than 2 years preceding the date of filing of the application, the court shall not hear the proceedings unless the court is satisfied that-

(a)   the parlies have considered a reconciliation with the assistance of a marriage counsellor, an approved marriage counselling organization or some other suitable person or organization nominated by the Director of Counselling and Welfare: or

(b)   (here are special circumstances by reason of which the hearing should proceed.'







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