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Thursday, 27 February 1975
Page: 813

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That marriage is an exclusive lifelong partnership between one woman and one man, which should not be dissolved at the will of one party after 12 months notice nor without a reasonable attempt at reconciliation and

That a husband should normally be responsible for maintaining his wife and children within marriage.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Family Law Bill 1 974 be amended

(   1 ) To require a reasonable attempt at reconciliation with the aid of counselling at least twelve months prior to the application for a divorce;

(2)   To specify three objective tests for irretrievable breakdown, namely

(a)   intolerable behaviour,

(b)   desertion for at least 2 years,

(   c) separation for at least 3 years;

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Stewart, Mr Sinclair, Mr Connolly, Dr Edwards, Mr Fairbairn, Dr Forbes, Dr Gun, Mr Hodges, Mr Howard, Mr Kerin, Mr Jarman, Mr Kelly, Mr Mulder and Mr Nicholls.

Petitions received.

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