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Tuesday, 11 April 1961


Sir GARFIELD BARWICK (Parramatta) (Attorney-General) . - by leave - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this bill is to bring the judges of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory under the ludges' Pensions Act 1948-58. I recently introduced into the Parliament a bill to establish the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory on a statutory basis. That bill is designed to replace the existing Supreme Court Ordinance 1911-61, under which the present Supreme Court of the Northern Territory functions. The ordinance provides for a pension for the judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, with the same benefits as those provided under the Judges' Pensions Act. When a court is created by the Parliament the pensions payable to the judge or judges of the court is ordinarily provided for in the Judges' Pensions Act. This bill seeks to continue that practice and to add to the list of judges who are covered by the Judges' Pensions Act judges of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. The bill also seeks to insert a new provision to be numbered 4a (2.), the purpose of which is to make clear that when a judge serves in more than one court the act will provide only for one pension on his retirement. Clause 4 of the bill enables previous service as a judge appointed under the Supreme Court ordinance to be counted as service under the Judges' Pensions Act. I commend the bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Whitlam) adjourned.







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