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Thursday, 24 November 1927

Mr FORDE - Was there no barrister in .Victoria possessing higher qualifications?

Mr LATHAM - I do not intend to make a comparison between a number of men who are personally known to me. These judicial positions demand special knowledge and qualifications. The majority of barristers have not the special qualifications, consisting of interest in and knowledge of industrial affairs, whicli are, speaking generally, necessary to give them a reasonable prospect of success on the bench of the Arbitration Court. It has' been suggested that the appointment was a reward to a defeated candidate who had supported the Government in Parliament, and 'to whom, therefore, the Government was indebted. The Leader of the Opposition happens to be wrong in his facts.

Mr Charlton - I did not say that he was defeated.

Mr LATHAM - Then I misunderstood the honorable member. The suggestion that at the judge know what was going to happen. is entirely without foundation. There is no truth in the suggestion that the appointment was a reward for past political services. The Government made the appointment and accepts the responsibility for it, believing that the best appointment that could be made was made, and that the judge was eminently suitable for the work entrusted to him.

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