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Wednesday, 10 November 1976

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I had no intention of re-entering this debate until the honourable member for Kingsford-Smith (Mr Lionel Bowen) made a comment. The speech to which he alluded was my contribution at about 5 o'clock this afternoon, and I will not readily forget the response from the Attorney-General (Mr Ellicott). As far as I am concerned, it was one of his memorable speeches. I did not suggest that the judiciary was not hard working. I cited the Australian Industrial Court, which is but one of the many courts throughout the country. I referred to the difference between the salary of my friend the Attorney-General, for instance, who is the highest law officer in the country, and those of some judges to whom his very high decisions are referred. I want that to be clearly understood. I realise that both the Opposition spokesman and the Attorney-General are men who have a background of great legal learning.

Mr James - They advise Governors-General.

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) -They advise each other too. It might be suggested that their views are slightly prejudiced because of their background. I hope it is clearly understood that I stand in this place to put the views of the majority of Australians. I hope that the AttorneyGeneral does not give me another serve like he gave me before the suspension of the sitting for dinner.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report- by leave- adopted.

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