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Thursday, 19 November 1959

Mr PEARCE (Capricornia) . - 1 feel some sympathy for the honorable mem,ber for Lang (Mr. Stewart). I think that it is true to say that the 100 of us who voted upon this measure pleased ourselves and' cast our votes in accordance with our conscience. We did not cast our votes lightly and perhaps the votes that we have cast will not please everybody. But from this grand exercise that we have had of being allowed a free vote, and from seeing Parliament working in a truly democratic way, 1 believe that a great deal of good will result, not only for the people of Australia but also for each of us who has participated in the debate.

I should not like the occasion to pass without paying tribute to the man who made this legislation possible; the man who came into this Parliament from a life-long association with people who have suffered because of the lack of uniformity in our divorce laws; the man whose courage and ability brought us to the stage where we were able to deliberate upon this measure and reach the conclusion that we have reached to-day. I refer, of course, to the honorable member for Balaclava (Mr. Joske). When the history of this legislation is written, we shall realize that against great offers and against the advice of all the political wise men of this country, the honorable member for Balaclava pursued a noble purpose. It will be a great day for him when he can see this legislation, which is based on his original idea, put into effect. I am glad that I have had the opportunity to sit in this House and to see this much of his ambition being realized.

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