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Wednesday, 30 October 1974
Page: 2106

Senator WITHERS (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -I present the following petition from 20 citizens of Australia:

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:

Divorce is a social and medical problem not a legal issue and should be relieved accordingly;

Irretrievable breakdown must be the only grounds, with a maximum of twelve months separation;

When making property settlements the court must take into account the direct and indirect financial and other contributions made to the acquisition, conservation or improvement of the property by the parties in the capacity of homemaker, parent or otherwise;

There must be urgent reform and the Family Law Bill must be presented to Parliament forthwith and accepted without further delay,

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received.

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