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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2705

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

That whereas there is before the Senate a Bill styled a Family Law Bill, in which Bill the family is in no wise seen as a basic, or even a desirable unit of society, and whereas this Bill is said to present enlightened legislation, despite its failure to recognise the importance of the family, consisting of husband, wife and where applicable children of the union, within the traditional culture of our nation, and whereas this Bill would seem to deny the concept of responsibility within the family unit,

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Senate, in Parliament assembled shall;

Reject this Bill as unjust and irresponsible legislation, OR defer consideration of the Bill to allow the Bill to be redrafted after consultation with all sections of the community, OR if the Senators in Parliament assembled, are determined to proceed with this Bill that amendments be made to the effect that the Parliament rejects the traditional moral and social values of the Australian people, and that marriage shall be seen as a social custom within certain sections of the community, which shall be seen, within the Commonwealth of Australia, as having no constitutional or legal standing whatsoever.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Senator Laucke.

Petition received.

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