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Wednesday, 30 October 1974
Page: 2108

Senator MISSEN - I present the following petition from 46 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 there is an urgent need for the reform of the law of Australia relating to Divorce. The existing legislation is not fair to both parties, promotes unnecessary litigation, cost and delay resulting in greatly unnecessary expense to parties, indignities to the parties involved and their children and delays in resolving divorce matters. Generally it is true that the existing legislation fails to meet the criteria for good divorce law adopted by the English Law Commission as follows: "It should buttress rather than undermine the stability of marriage and when a marriage has irretrievably broken down it should enable the empty legal shell to be destroyed with the maximum fairness and minimum bitterness distress and humiliation".

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Family Law Bill be debated and passed at the earliest possible opportunity in the interests of the many thousand people in

Australia presently affected by a matrimonial breakdown situation.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received.

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