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Wednesday, 18 November 1959

Mr ANDERSON (Hume) .- The honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Killen) has circulated a series of amendments to the bill. He objects to the period of desertion being two years, but he does not propose any amendment to paragraph (k), which provides for divorce after one year if a party to the marriage has not complied with a decree of restitution of conjugal rights. If he were logical, he would surely ask that the period in this paragraph be made three years. 1 feel, therefore, that he has not a strong case. 1 support the Attorney-General's contention that no purpose is served by requiring the parties to a marriage to lose a further year of their lives. If desertion has lasted for two years, I feel that sufficient time has elapsed for people to make up their minds and I see no purpose in delaying the matter for a further year. I support the Attorney-General's proposal.

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