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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

The CHAIRMAN - Order ! The honorable gentleman must not reflect upon the judiciary.

Mr JAMES - I have mentioned no name. I ask whether it is fair for a man to be retired from the State judiciary on a pension of £1,000 a year and then be appointed to a Commonwealth judicial position at £2,500 a year at an age when he should have been content to go into honorable retirement. He was of no further use in Queensland because of his age. In fact, this man had to be removed by the Scullin Labour Government of 1.930 from the judicial position he then held in the service of the Commonwealth, and placed in his present position as judge in bankruptcy where his administration of the law has caused him to be likened' to Judge Jeffreys.

The CHAIRMAN - Order! The Chair will not continue' to listen to the honorable member,

Mr JAMES - I am asking the AttorneyGeneral what, action he proposes to take to remove this individual to a position where he can do no more harm by causing suicides and by committing people to prison. The Attorney-General knows whom I mean - Judge Lukin.

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable members is treating the Chair insolently, and I ask him to apologize.

Mr JAMES - I willingly do so.

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