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Tuesday, 14 March 1961


Sir GARFIELD BARWICK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - Since Mr. Justice Kriewaldt died, the court has been serviced at all times by an acting justice of great experience and, as far as I know, no one has been inconvenienced by that course. It is true that at the moment the present acting justice has to proceed to Christmas Island to try a criminal charge. If there were a permanent judge in the office at the moment he would have to do likewise. There would be no difference between there being an acting judge in the office and a permanent judge. However, during the time which has intervened since Mr. Justice Kriewaldt's death I have been concerned to lift the position of the justice of this Supreme Court. That has taken me a little time, certain arrangements having to be made, because I have felt that the Northern Territory ought to have a man of standing - this is no reflection on the late Mr. Justice Kriewaldt, to whom this Commonwealth is much indebted - and I think that the office ought now to be up-graded a little bit. I have been attending to that matter. I can inform the honorable member, as I have done toy private communication, that I expect to make an announcement very shortly of an appointment to fill this vacancy.







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