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Friday, 8 September 1911

Senator McGREGOR (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - The answer to the question is -

The Act does apply to legal process in relation to deserted wives and children. Amendments of the Act to extend its usefulness are under consideration.

Senator CHATAWAY - Arising out of the answer, is the Minister aware that in 1903 the Full Bench of the Supreme Court of New South Wales refused to apply the Act to deserted wives and children, and is it not also true that the Crown Law officers of Queensland have advised that the Act does not so apply?

Senator McGREGOR - The reply I have received from our law officers is that the Act does apply, though there may be some points on which opinions differ.

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