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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1421

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question which is addressed to the Attorney-General arises from correspondence which I have received from Mr N. S. Manos, the president of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia Incorporated. Is the Attorney-General aware of the grave concern existing among members of the Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church because marriages performed in that church are not recognised by the Greek Government with the result that the children of these marriages are looked upon as being illegitimate? Is he also aware that these people are having considerable passport problems whenever they desire to pay a visit to Greece? Finally, can the Attorney-General advise the Senate how much longer it will be before he will recommend the proclamation of the Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church in Australia?

Senator GREENWOOD - In this matter my interest arises simply because of certain functions vested in me under the

Marriage Act or Matrimonial Causes Act. I know that there is a feeling among members of the Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church that they are affected by certain views taken by the Greek Government and the Greek Orthodox Church. Nothing I can do is going to alter that situation. Persons have been recognised under the relevant legislation as persons who may effect marriages among members of the Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church. As to the balance of the honourable senator's question, I shall give attention to what is involved in the request which he makes.

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