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Wednesday, 13 November 1974
Page: 2291

Senator GUILFOYLE -I present 2 petitions, identical in wording, and from 26 and 512 citizens of Victoria, in the following terms:

To the Honourable the President and the Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of the State of Victoria respectfully showeth:

That the Family Law Bill 1 974 is a matter of public importance;

That the subject matter of the clauses of the Bill will ultimately have the widest effects on the lives of the citizens of Australia;

That the proposals contained in this Bill are not adequately known to the citizens of Australia;

That the Bill as such has not been the object of the public scrutiny, dialogue and debate which it deserves;

That for those reasons grave concern is felt that the Bill may be passed before the community is aware of its long term consequences.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled should vote that the Family Law Bill 1974 be made the subject of further community study and that to facilitate this aim the debate on this Bill be adjourned until April 197S.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petitions received and the first petition read.

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