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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2891

Senator WOOD (Queensland) -This Bill came before us as a non-party matter and it is one of great moment to many people. I would like to compliment the Attorney-General (Senator Murphy) on this great Bill of very great moment and concern which he brought forth. I do so because it deals with a very serious human problem. Therefore it requires deep thought, consideration and sympathy for people who come under its ambit. I know that the Bill has been before the Senate in various ways for quite a long time. There has been a feeling that not enough time has been given to it but that depends on the individual. Each parliamentarian has been supplied with numerous petitions and numerous letters for and against the Bill because with this type of legislation there always is a division of conscience, heart and mind. Probably also there are religious opinions and scruples and other such considerations. It is very difficult to bring in a Bill that will be suitable to everybody.

My opinion is that the Attorney-General put a tremendous amount of work into this Bill. Over a period of time he considered the representations made and the debate in this chamber revealed that serious consideration was given to the Bill. I believe in saying that people have done a good job. I think the Bill brought into effect through the sponsorship of the Attorney-General will result in the right consideration being given to people needing it in the circumstances dealt with by the Bill. I sincerely believe that the Bill is a real mark in the history of legislation of its type passed by the Parliament of this country. I say thank you to the Attorney-General and I congratulate him.

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