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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2792

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral) - I oppose the amendment because it introduces the proven elements of fault, I think, in a very unsatisfactory way.

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSON (New South Wales) (9.44)- As would be expected, I support the amendment. I am fascinated by what Senator Missen said about the question of consent. As I interpret the Bill as it is before us, it contains an absolute inherent implication of consent for the dissolution of marriage. It is true that it can be done unilaterally, but it could be equally done by consent of the parties. It can be done with consent after the first day of marriage, in point of fact. So that argument does not impress me. Senator Laucke 's amendment goes far deeper in fact than my amendment, which was defeated, proposed to go. It provides for grounds for dissolution.I support that. He also makes provisions for a 3-year period as a variation if the children of the marriage are not more than 1 8 years of age. Whilst I have some reservations in relation to the matter, in light of my point of view, I will cast my vote for the amendment.

Amendment negatived.

Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson - I ask for my affirmative vote to be recorded.

Senator Laucke - I also ask that my affirmative vote be recorded.

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Webster -That will be done in both cases.

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