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Inquiry into the Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Bill 2008

On 26 June 2008, the Senate referred the Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [Provisions] to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 27 August 2008.

THE SENATE

STANDING COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS

1 July 2008

Mr Michael Green QC
Shared Parenting Council of Australia
PO Box 2027
Bunbury WA 6231

secretariat@spca.org.au

Dear Mr Green QC

Inquiry into the Family Law Amendment
(De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Bill 2008

I write to invite you or your organisation to make a submission to a Parliamentary inquiry.

On 26 June 2008, the Senate referred the Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [Provisions] to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 27 August 2008.

The Bill proposes to amend the Family Law Act 1975 (the Act) to provide for opposite-sex and same-sex de facto couples to access the federal family law courts on property and maintenance matters. The Bill also amends the Act to provide for amendments relating to financial agreements between married couples and superannuation splitting, and for an amendment to the Act providing for certificates given in relation to family dispute resolution.

The committee has invited written submissions to its inquiry by 25 July 2008, and would be grateful for a contribution from you or your organisation. The committee is interested in hearing a wide range of views from interested parties. I would be grateful if you could also forward information about this inquiry to any individuals, groups or organisations who may wish to make a submission.

The Bill, Explanatory Memorandum and Second Reading Speech are on the committee's website. Hard copies are also available from the secretariat Peter Hallahan.

The committee encourages the lodgement of submissions in electronic form, but stresses that all submissions must include the author's full name, phone number and postal address on a separate covering letter. All communications with the committee and its secretariat are protected by parliamentary privilege and it is expected that submissions will be published unless clearly marked as confidential. Submissions must not be disclosed without the prior approval of the committee.

If you require further information, please contact the secretariat on (02) 6277 3560.

Yours sincerely

Peter Hallahan
Committee Secretary
PO Box 6100, Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Tel: (02) 6277 3560 Fax: (02) 6277 5794

Email: legcon.sen@aph.gov.au Internet: http://www.aph.gov.au/senate

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Executive Secretary - Shared Parenting Council of Australia
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