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Thursday, 31 August 1972
Page: 585

Senator RAE (TASMANIA) - My question, which I direct to the Attorney-General, is further to the question which I directed to him yesterday in relation to do-it-yourself divorce kits. Did the Minister hear a statement on behalf of the Queensland Divorce Law Association made on the programme A.M.' this morning that thousands of such kits have already been distributed to the general public? Does the Minister know whether any petitions based on such kits have been filed with the court registries and, if so, with what result?

Senator GREENWOOD - Yes, 1 did hear the statement this morning on one of the radio programmes, lt was to the effect that thousands of these kits have been issued. I have ascertained from the Registrar of the Supreme Court in Queensland that at least until yesterday only one of these kits had been presented and that was rejected for formal defects. This possibly amplifies the statement which 1 made yesterday. The practice in Queensland is for all documents to be inspected when they are lodged to see whether or not they comply with the rules as to form. If they are defective, they are rejected. If the person who is lodging the application insists upon the right to have the documents lodged, they are accepted, but it is noted that they are defective and it is then a matter for the court. The Registrar in Queensland treats persons who lodge documents on their own behalf in the same way as he treats solicitors and clerks. In response to the direct question, only one of these kits has been used to the extent that it has been lodged with the Registrar in Queensland and, as I said, on that application it was defective.

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