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Friday, 26 May 1939


Mr Blackburn n asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   Was the office of stipendiary magistrate, Northern Territory, recently created?

2.   Was the person appointed to that office a barrister or solicitor at the time of his appointment. If not, what position did he hold at the time of his appointment?

3.   What salary and allowances does he receive as stipendiary magistrate?

4.   Are there officers of the Public Service of New Guinea engaged in law work in that territory who (a) at the time of their appointment were practising. as barristers or solicitors in Australia, and (6) since their appointment have had a wide legal experience?

5.   Were these officers notified of the creation of the office of stipendiary magistrate, Northern Territory, or given any opportunity of applying for such office?

6.   Were the qualifications of any of these officers for the office of stipendiary magistrate, Northern Territory, considered when the office was being filled?

7.   Why was not a qualified officer from a territory service promoted or transferred to this office?

8.   Is it a fact that an officer was recently transferred from the Public Service of the Territory of New Guinea to the office of Director of. Native Affairs, Northern Territory?


Mr Perkins - The Minister for the Interior has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Yes.

2.   The appointee, Mr. C. K. Ward, who is a barrister-at-law of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, is an officer of the Department of Attorney-General and of Justice of New South Wales.

3.   Salary, £718 per annum, plus £20 per annum married allowance.

4.   Yes.

5.   No.

6.   No.

7.   It was considered desirable that the services of a State officer should be obtained on loan for a specified period. It has been the practice for some time to arrange with State Governments for the seconding of officers with special qualifications for service in the Northern Territory. The loan of the services of Mr. Ward has been obtained from the New South Wales Government for a period of three years. All the State Governments were notified of the . vacancy for a magistrate but applications' were received only from officers in New South Wales and Western Australia.

8.   Yes







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