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Wednesday, 11 August 1920

Mr RILEY (SOUTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask the Prime Minister whether he has seen in the press a report of a curious incident which took place at the sittings of the High Court in Sydney yesterday, when His Honour Mr. Justice Duffy declined to proceed further with the hearing of a case until he had been supplied with copies of all Commonwealth Statutes and regulations. According to the report, His Honour adopted the extraordinary course of leaving the Bench, and declining to work. I wish to draw the Prime Minister's attention to the fact that, in these circumstances, a dispute has arisen in the High Court of Australia. Will the honorable gentleman see that Mr. Justice Duffy does not receive any pay if he does not work? Will he also prevent the learned Judge from operating on his private banking account until we shall have succeeded in bringing him to his senses? Lastly, will the Government submit the matter to the new Industrial Peace Tribunal in order to bring about an early settlement of the dispute?

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