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Thursday, 27 February 1975
Page: 813

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned, all being of or above the age of 18 years as follows:

1.   Your petitioners oppose and seek the deletion of those provisions of the Family Law Bill 1974 which supplant the existing grounds by the introduction of the sole ground of irretrievable break-down, which remove any consideration of fault, and which will weaken the family unit while causing more widespread injustice because:

(a)   it imposes on society a radical alteration of divorce law far beyond identifiable requirements or desires;

(b)   it lowers the status of marriage by permitting people to drift' into divorce, reduces parentalimportance and leads to increased institutionalisation of children with consequential delinquency;

(c)   it will not reduce the 'in-fighting' in a divorce suit which mainly occurs over matters of property and custody;

(d)   it will not encourage maturity in acceptance of marital and parental obligations and responsibilities.

2.   Your petitioners commend the divorce legislation introduced in Britain in 1973, which acknowledges the importance of the family unit, mirrors community requirements, secures justice for innocent people and establishes a realistic definition of irretrievable break-down, and call for similar legislation to be provided in Australia.

Your petitioners, therefore, humbly pray that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled will make provision accordingly. by Mr Drury and Mr Martin.

Petitions received.

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