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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2784


Senator DURACK (Western Australia) - Mr Chairman,I think the order should be as you stated, except I believe Senator Laucke 's amendment should be dealt with before the amendment to be moved by Senator Chaney and me because it includes the fault grounds as they exist in the present Matrimonial Causes Act, as does Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson 's amendment.I think they ought to be cleared up before we come to the question of a sole ground.

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSON (New South Wales) (8.45)- On that point, I agree that it is proper that the amendment of the AttorneyGeneral (Senator Murphy) should be disposed of quickly. My amendment brings us back to the second reading debate. I will be brief because we have already canvassed the matter. The amendment brings us back to the question of the critical no-fault ground for divorce or whether regard should be paid to the grounds in the Matrimonial Causes Act. I think we should dispose of that following the Attorney-General's amendment and progressively come down to whether the period of separation should be 3 years, 2 years or one year.







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