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Wednesday, 4 December 1974
Page: 3087

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

That they support the Family Law Bill 1 974 which provides for:

(a)   Irretrievable breakdown of marriage as the sole ground for divorce based on one year's separation.

(b)   Maintenance to be based on the needs of all the parties in a failed marriage with 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 into account the material, moral and psychological well being of children involved, not the possessive demands of their parents, and

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

Your petitioners humbly pray that the Senate will pass the Family Law Bill without delay.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray, by Senator Gietzelt. Petition received.







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