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Thursday, 4 July 1946


Mr HOLLOWAY (Melbourne Ports) (Minister for Labour and National Service) . - by leave - I move -

That the bill be now rend a second time.

The object of this bill is to provide that, where a judge of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Court has, prior to his appointment, served in any judicial office under a State, his service under the State, up to a period of ten years, shall be deemed to be part of his service as a judge of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Court for the purpose of calculating his pension rights. Under the act in its present form, account may be taken of prior service in a judicial office under. the Commonwealth for the purposes of pension rights, but no such provision is made in respect of prior service in a judicial office under a State.

In other legislation, for example, the Bankruptcy Act, a limited period of prior service in a judicial office under a State may be taken into account for the purposes of pension. The idea is to establish a permanent basis for .settling matters of this kind. Recently, several new judges have been appointed, and most of them have served' >in a judicial capacity in a State.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Menzies) adjourned.







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