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Thursday, 21 November 1974
Page: 2656

Senator EVERETT (Tasmania) - Senator Greenwoodseems to be concerned as to the forum that would be resorted to by people who would be minded to argue that an assault by a husband on a wife or vice versa was a matrimonial cause. I understand that to be his principal concern.

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - Say people are 1,000 miles from nowhere. What do they do?

Senator EVERETT -They simply take some good legal advice, look at clause 18 (2) of the Bill and go to the nearest court of summary jurisdiction. What is so amazing about that? They trundle up their argument. They are told to go their thousand miles home and that is it. If such a matter were a matrimonial cause it would be within the jurisdiction of a court of summary i ur.isdiction to determine under clause 18 (2) of the

Bill. I do not understand the concern about this matter. But I want it to be clearly understood that in saying that I do not concede that a matter of the sort we have been discussing would be a matrimonial cause as defined in the Bill.

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