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Thursday, 21 November 1974
Page: 2681

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) -I do not want to waste the time of the Committee. I regret the phraseology of the clause. I think that it is legalistic. I think that it gives to anyone who wants to avail himself of this particular facility the impression that he must go to a court, fill in a form and await the convenience of a public officer. This to me seems inconsistent with the whole concept of advice which the supposed Director of Counselling and Welfare can give. Secondly, I believe that it must be a long time in actual development because we are told that the Family Court may be some time in actually being established. I think that there will be people in remoter areas, removed from a Family Court, who will not have the facilities which are offered by this clause readily available to them.

Thirdly, whilst I fully appreciate and can see the points which the Attorney-General makes about the need to have regard to the head of constitutional power, this is a facilitatory area in which one would not believe that constitutional questions are likely to cause concern. I would have thought, without harking back to an earlier debate, that there is more problem about heads of constitutional power in other areas than in this area.

The CHAIRMAN - The question is: That the amendment moved by Senator Everett be agreed to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Proposed new clause, as amended, agreed to.

Proposed new clause 14b.

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