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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2757

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral) - This provision was inserted really for the sake of economy, to which Senator Greenwood drew our attention earlier. Only judges suitable to be Family Court judges would be appointed to the Family Court, but if such a judge were in some isolated area, or in the case of some kind of emergency, he might be able to deal with a bankruptcy notice or something like that and thereby save the community money. It is not intended that regular judges from these other jurisdictions would be judges of the Family Court but it may be that the Family Court could deal with some of the other matters. This would perhaps serve the convenience of citizens and also save expense.

If Senator Greenwood wants to tie the Government to the words 'totally and exclusively deal with Family Court matters' 1 will not press for the inclusion of sub-clause (4) of proposed new clause 17C. That was the intention of the sub-clause. There is some sense in it. But if Senator Greenwood wants to carry the matter to the extreme, the sub-clause will be omitted. If Senator Greenwood is now so agreeable to the concept of the Family Court that he does not want the slightest blemish on the concept, I am pleased. I will be pleased to abandon the notions of convenience and economy, and to abandon the sub-clause if he indicates that that is still his wish.

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