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Tuesday, 15 October 1974
Page: 1693

Senator BAUME (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I present 2 petitions, identical in wording and from 14 and 75 citizens of Australia respectively, in the following terms:

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

That in modern society which accepts divorce, the law of divorce should be fair to both parties. However, we are very concerned about proposals to alter the law in the Family Law Bill 1974.

The Family Law Bill, 1974 would fundamentally change the institution of marriage itself; that is all existing and future marriages.

(2)   The said Bill does not protect the legal and social rights of women and children in the family.

(3)   The said Bill does not provide for either the training of suitable counsellors who can assist in conciliation procedures or for suitable initiatives to be taken prior to the breakdown of marriage.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that this Bill be tabled for 6 months and that all sections of the community be consulted on marriage, the family and the long term effects of such a Bill upon our Australian society.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petitions received.

Senator BAUME - A petition similarly worded has already been presented by Senator Carrick. I therefore do not propose to move that the petitions be read.

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