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Wednesday, 17 May 1972
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Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the AttorneyGeneral received a number of submissions from individuals and organisations requesting changes in divorce procedures in Aus- tralia? Does he agree that the cost of divorce proceedings is beyond the reach of many persons and that considerable hardship and suffering still exist in this field despite amendments to the law in recent years? Will he make representations to the Senate Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs to expedite its consideration of this matter as in many cases justice delayed is justice denied?

Senator GREENWOOD - I am fully aware that the cost of divorce is beyond the means of some people and problems thereby are caused. It is part of the material involved in a continuing review of the legislation to which I have referred in this place from time to time. As to the other part of the honourable senator's question, I am not sure that I am the best person to approach the Senate Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs which has, as one of the many matters charged to it, the review of the whole question of divorce, family law and custody in this country. I am sure that the honourable senators who are members of the Committee and are present in the Senate will have heard the honourable senator's question. They will be able to take appropriate action. I have indicated to the Committee that I am prepared to assist in a general way.

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