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Thursday, 17 March 1966

Mr. SNEDDEN(Bruce- Attorney-

General [11.49]. - I move -

That the Bill now be read a secondtime.

This Bill is complementary to the Judiciary Bill. Rights to appear in Territory courts are to be laid down in the Judiciary Act, subject to any Territory law that may make local admission in a Territory a condition precedent to practice in that Territory. It would be inconsistent with that to leave standing the present provision in section 40 of the Australian Capita! Territory Supreme Court Act that a party may appear before the Supreme Court by a barrister or solicitor having the right to practise in any federal court. The test should be whether the barrister or solicitor concerned has a right to practise in the Supreme Court itself, and that is the test adopted by this Bill. 1 commend the Bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Whitlam) adjourned.

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