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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2744

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) - I rise only because I indicated an attitude and expressed myself at length when the matter was last before the Committee. I would have thought that the Attorney-General (Senator Murphy) would have been here to respond. I think the considerations relating to the Family Court are quite substantial considerations. They relate not only to certain constitutional problems but also to whether or not a Family Court can provide the service and the facilities for persons who are involved in matrimonial causes with adaptations that the existing State system can provide.

My hope was that the Attorney-General would be prepared to explain why, in contradistinction to the initial attitude he adopted when the first version of this Bill was before the Senate, he has now responded to the suggestion of the Senate Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs and desires to have a Family Court. It may be that one of the members of that Committee- I think there are only two of them in the chamber at the moment- could likewise proceed to give reasons why they prefer a Commonwealth Family Court as distinct from State Family Courts.

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