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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2882


Senator MISSEN (Victoria) -These are important amendments. Perhaps attention might be drawn to them because they add considerably to the strength of what can be done by the injunction power under clause 90. Now it will include orders being made relating to the use or occupancy of the matrimonial home, which will be of great value to people who are in a home but who do not necessarily require divorce action at that stage. It will also include orders relieving a party to a marriage from any obligation to perform marital services or render conjugal rights. This will be a great improvement in the Bill and will greatly widen the Family Court's power to make orders irrespective of divorce proceedings.

Amendments agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 91.

(   1 ) The Attorney-General may establish a Family Law Advisory Committee, consisting of persons appointed by him in accordance with sub-section (2 ).

(2)   The Committee shall consist of a Judge ofthe Family Law Division of the Superior Court of Australia and such other judges, magistrates, officers of the Public Service of Australia or of a State, representatives of marriage counselling organizations and other persons as the AttorneyGeneral thinks fit.

(3)   The function of the Committee is to advise the Attorney-General on the working of this Act and on other matters relating to family law.

(4)   The Attorney-General shall appoint one of the members to be the Chairman of the Committee.

(5)   The members ofthe Committee shall be paid such allowances in respect of expenses in connexion with their duties as are prescribed.

(6)   Meetings ofthe Committee shall be convened by the Chairman or the Attorney-General.

(7   ) The Committee shall meet at least once a year.

(8)   The Chairman shall cause records of meetings ofthe Committee to bc kept and shall promptly report to the Attorney-General on the deliberations ofthe Committee.







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