Matrimonial Property Bill to be referred
Hon Margaret Wilson
Associate Minister of
23 May 2000
proposes changes to Matrimonial Property Bill to be referred
for further consultation
Labour Minister Margaret Wilson
is proposing to call for the Matrimonial Property Bill and
proposed amendments to be referred to the Justice and
Electoral Select Committee.
The Minister announced the
proposal after discussing the Bill and the proposed
amendments with the Greens caucus this morning.
proposed that the amendments, contained in a Supplementary
Order Paper, will be open to public submissions for a month.
The amendments include proposed provisions for de facto
and same-sex couples. They also include proposals for a
fairer division of property in the event of couples breaking
If the proposal is adopted, it is expected that the
Select Committee would report back to Parliament for further
debate by 1 August.
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