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Wednesday, 1 December 1965


Mr GIBSON (Denison) .- I cannot agree with the honorable member for Maribyrnong (Mr. Stokes). It seems to be a fallacy to laymen that a lawyer should be able to adjudicate on a matter in respect of which he has had no experience. On that basis, according to the honorable member for Maribyrnong a judge could not hear a running down case unless he had been run down; he could not hear a building dispute unless he were a builder. I should think that a person with legal experience would be able to make a judgment through the normal process of hearing evidence. One does not have to have had immediate experience to be able to judge a matter, and this has been well proved in the courts over the centuries.







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