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Wednesday, 10 April 1946

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! This bill deals not with the retirement of judges but with the appointment of an additional judge to the High Court. I ask the honorable member to confine his remarks to the bill.

Mr WILLIAMS - The Leader of the Opposition has saidthat there is no need for the appointment of additional judges, whereas the Attorney-General has maintained that such a need exists. The point I was about to make is that if young men are appointed to the High Court and the older judges are retired at, say, 70 years, the Court would probably be able to do a great deal more work. Four or five young men could probably do the work of seven elderly judges. In the High Court at present there are two judges, who are well over the age of 75 years ; one of them is so old that his date of birth is lost in the mists of antiquity. I suggest that we should adopt the practice of the United States of America, and one that has been recommended by a Royal Commission in England, by making provision for the payment of pensions to our judges sufficiently high to induce them to retire when they reach the age of 70 years.

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