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Thursday, 21 November 1974
Page: 2636

Senator CARRICK (New South Wales) - I rise to support the amendment of Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson. I do so without any emotional overtones at all. We are discussing what ought to be the correct description, in terms of the short title, of this Bill. Any analysis of this Bill shows that its predominant intention is to deal with a marriage that has suffered irretrievable breakdown and to deal with the consequences of that breakdown. The Bill provides one or two other subsidiary measures by way of attempts at guidance or conciliation. By looking at the Bill clause by clause one will see that the over whelming body of it is related to marriage dissolution. The Government has brought in this Bill seeking dissolution of marriage as the purpose of the Bill. The Government therefore should not find any difficulty in giving it an accurate description.

Senator Sir KennethAnderson repeated what I said at the second reading stage of the Bill. It is beyond doubt that the description of this Bill as a family law Bill is completely confusing to all because the great bulk of family law lies within the individual States, and will remain so. Therefore the simple thing to do is to give this Bill a title which describes its simple function. I therefore support the tide 'Marriage Dissolution Act', suggested by Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson.

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