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Thursday, 8 December 1960


Mr KILLEN (Moreton) .- It is not at the invitation of the honorable member for Grayndler (Mr. Daly) that I rise to speak in support of this clause, but I am bound to say something about the miserable and contemptible philosophy that he has propounded in this chamber this evening. It is completely idle for the honorable member to deny having said - the witnesses to his having said it will be the people of Australia - that the judiciary of this country were influenced by considerations of political patronage.


Mr Stewart - I rise to order. Can you tell me, Mr. Temporary Chairman, what relation the honorable member's remarks bear to the commencement date of these salary increases?


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN -

Order! The honorable member for Moreton is in order. He is replying to the previous speaker.


Mr KILLEN - The honorable member for Grayndler said in the most explicit of language that the judiciary of this country was interested in some consideration relating to political patronage. The whole trouble with the honorable member for Grayndler, apart from the fact that he has the backbone of a jellyfish and denies his own' words, is that he judges other persons in this country by his own debased concept of integrity.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - Order! The honorable member will not proceed in that strain.


Mr KILLEN - Why cannot I proceed?


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - Order! I am asking the honorable member for Moreton not to proceed in that strain.


Mr KILLEN - I am sorry. The argument that the Opposition is adducing to the committee against this clause is that the retrospectivity relationship should be applied to every form of legislation. The Opposition believes that the salaries of judges of the High Court and of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission should be related to the basic wage. If that is to be the view of the honorable member for Grayndler, then one can only presume that he is prepared to sit in this Parliament on the understanding that his salary is to be anchored to the basic wage.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN -

Order! This clause contains no reference to salaries or the basic wage. It relates only to the date on which this measure will come into operation.


Mr KILLEN - I am developing the argument that the reason for the retrospectivity is not to be considered in relation to other wage and salary factors. That is the argument that has been advanced by the honorable member for Grayndler and by other honorable gentlemen during the committee debate. I think it is an argument that should be repudiated.







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