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Tuesday, 19 March 1957

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for External Affairs whether, as recommended in the Statute of the International Court of Justice, he sought to consult the Chief Justice of Australia, the Attorney-General, the Solicitor-General and the Dean of the Faculty of Law within the University of Sydney upon the qualifications of candidates for Australia's nomination to the vacancy on the court? Did the Chief Justice decline to confer and, as the SolicitorGeneral himself was a candidate, did the Deputy Solicitor-General also decline? Did the Attorney-General and the Dean confer on the subject and have they made a report to the right honorable gentleman?

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