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Thursday, 8 December 1960


As this bill and its related bill, the Judges' Remuneration Bill, are limited in title and subject, I direct the attention of the House to the limited nature of the debate which is allowable. Standing Order No. 82 states that no member shall digress from the subject-matter on any question under discussion. The Chair has always permitted the debate on a second reading to cover a reasonable reference to matters relevant to the bill as, for instance, the necessity for the proposals in the bill or the advancing of arguments supporting alternatives to ils provisions or opposed to its progress; but discussion on these related matters cannot be allowed to supersede debate on the subject-matter of the bill. As honorable members will see, the subject-matter is restricted, as stated in the title of this bill, to the matter of the remuneration of justices of the High Court, and as stated in the title of the following bill, to the matter of the- remuneration of judges of certain other courts and of presidential members of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. I therefore ask honorable members to keep their remarks relevant to these matters.

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