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Thursday, 24 October 1974
Page: 1925


Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - I present the following petition from 1 8 citizens of the Commonwealth:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of the Commonwealth respectfully showeth:

Divorce is a social and medical problem not a legal issue and be relieved accordingly.

There must be urgent reform and the Family Law Bill must be presented to Parliament forthwith and accepted without further delay.

Irretrievable breakdown must be the only ground with a maximum of 12 months separation.

(a)   All family matters must come out of the legal system.

(b)   There must be no lawyers- no courts- and especially- no judges.

(c)   DLRA's proposals must be considered for the new divorce laws.

(   1 ) The persons themselves to record their own divorce at the place where marriages are made.

(2)   Guidelines to be established by mediators (non lawyers) to resolve difficulties particularly with children and property.

(3)   Joint custody and mutual financial support of children where possible.

(4)   Child endowment to provide financial support of children when needed.

(5)   Property disputes to be resolved as an ordinary civil matter.

(6)   Adults not self supporting to be regarded as unemployed or on sickness benefit or pensions.

(7)   Only the breach of agreement should incur legal process and the Family Law Bill used as a last resort, with family courts for enforcement only.

(8)   The motivation of lawyers in family matters is for profit only and their involvement has proved a disaster for the community since 1959.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.







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