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Friday, 6 December 1985
Page: 3148


Senator HARRADINE(12.25) —I raise with the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans) as a matter of policy why, for example, the provisions in Schedule 1 dealing with amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 have been included in the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (No. 2) 1985 and not included in a Bill dealing specifically with amendments to the Family Law Act. Were they dealt with in such legislation, it would be open to members of the House of Representatives and members of the Senate to move amendments to the legislation and to the principal Act. That opportunity is not available to us at this time, except in respect of the specific matters contained herein. I also ask the Minister whether he can give a guarantee that these measures are simply in the nature of internal administrative arrangements and do not in any way alter the rights and responsibilities of either members of the court or of participants in the jurisdiction.