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Thursday, 21 November 1974
Page: 2675

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral) - I thank Senator Missen. I dealt only with the inclusion of proposed new sub-clause 5 and not new sub-clause 6. Senator Missen spelt out the provisions of subclause 6. This is an area about which people have been very troubled. It relates to whether marriages should be able to be terminated within a certain period after marriage. The proposal is one that seems wise. It is not unduly oppressive to the parties, as were some of the other onerous provisions. I commend new sub-clause 6 to the Senate. There is a certain amount of experimentation in all these fields, but here is the utilisation of the reconciliation aspects. I think it is realised how much of this has been introduced into the Bill. I hope that some of those who have been critical of this idea, even after the Committee's proposal has been substantially accepted, would revise their opinion.

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