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The Attorney-General said that on behalf of

the Government and all the officers of the

Attorney-General1s Department, he offered wishes of

condolence to Mr Odium's widow in Adelaide.


15 December 1978


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The Attorney-General, Senator Peter Durack,

Q.C., announced today that two judges of the Family

Court of Australia would be visiting New Zealand and

Sri Lanka and would discuss the philosophy and

operation of the Family Law Act and the Australian

Family Court.

He said the Chief Judge of the Court, Justice

Elizabeth Evatt, would, visit New Zealand in April and

would meet people concerned with the administration of

Family Law.

She was one of several Australians invited by

the New Zealand Government to promote greater under­

standing between the two countries.

On December 28 Mr Justice Fogarty, of

Melbourne would begin a month's visit to Sri Lanka to

discuss the. establishment of a Family Court on similar

lines to the Australian Family Court.


The Attorney-General said that the invitation

to Mr Justice Fogarty to visit Sri Lanka had come from

the United Nations and the Minister for Justice and had

also been extended to two American academics,

The Sri Lankan Government had expressed

considerable interest in the workings of the court in

Australia and this had fitted into the United Nations

project on families and children.

Senator Durack said Mr Justice Fogarty was

one of the earliest to be appointed to the Family Court

of Australia in February 1976.

It was a great honour, he said, for two

Judges of the Australian Family Court to be invited

overseas where they would have the opportunity to give

first hand knowledge on the important social and legal

aspects of the operation of the Family Law Act. .


19 December 1978


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