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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2887

Senator BUTTON (Victoria) - I want to comment on this because I think it is most important that in a situation where parties have been married for only 2 years. They are normally young people. It is important that we write into the legislation a provision which ensures that they have taken some positive step in the circumstances to see a marriage counsellor and not merely being given an opportunity to do so. I think this amendment strengthens the reconciliation provisions as a whole, particularly in relation to marriages of that kind, and I strongly urge the Senate to support the amendment for that reason. It is a matter which I think was initially raised by someone else in the chamber. I stress the importance of reconciliation of parties who have been in a state of disarray, as it were, in their matrimonial situation.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Postponed Clause 17c

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