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Wednesday, 30 October 1974
Page: 2107


Senator MELZER (VICTORIA) - I present a petition from 14 citizens of the Commonwealth:

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

That we support the concept of no fault divorce in the Family Law Bill because:

(   1 ) Marriage is not merely a contract it is a relationship.

(2)   That if a party withdraws from that relationship for whatever reason, there is no good to be achieved by insisting on a continuance of a contractual shell.

(3)   That where a marriage relationship has demonstrably broken down, divorce should be as quick, simple as possible in the interests of the dignity of the parties and the emotional well being of their children.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Family Law Bill be debated and passed as soon as possible.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received.







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