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Wednesday, 31 July 1946

Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) (Leader of the Opposition) . - It may very frequently happen - it has happened before, and no doubt it will happen again - that some judge who occupies a judicial office under a State is appointed to be a judge of the Commonwealth Arbitration Court. The purpose of this bill is to provide that where such an appointment is made, the period of the judge's service in a judicial office under a State or the period of ten years, whichever is the less, shall be counted as service for the purposes of pension and the like in his Commonwealth appointment. This provision seems to me to be a very desirable protection. It will make it easier for the Commonwealth Arbitration Court to be recruited from State courts. I have known one or two instances in the , past where a. State judge might, with great advantage, have been secured for the Commonwealth Arbitration Court, but he considered that he was not able to transfer, after a considerable number of years of service, because he would not have had credit for any portion of his service with the State. Therefore, I warmly approve of this bill. I believe, if. I remember correctly, that I had a bill not unlike it rather hopefully on the stocks afew years ago. Certainly I am glad to see it again, and to assist in passing it through the House.

Mr Holloway - I thank the Leader of the Opposition for his assistance.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from committee without amendment or debate; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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