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Wednesday, 10 November 1976

Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Kingsford) (Smith) - This matter relates to remuneration and the Opposition supports the proposition. I think it clearly indicates, as the Attorney-General (Mr Ellicott) said, that we want to attract the best men to judicial office. I might make the point that in another debate earlier today it was suggested that the judiciary and magistrates may not work as hard as politicians. I think both groups of people work very hard indeed. Anybody who practises in the courts will understand that these people carry out a very effective function in a democracy. There are many countries which do not have courts functioning at all and there is no opportunity to obtain justice. It is wrong to create the impression that the people carrying out judicial work are not fully engaged. I suggest that is the wrong atmosphere to create and will not assist either the Parliament or the judiciary. Might I suggest also that these salaries be dealt with by the Remuneration Tribunal during its next assessment and that the relativity of judicial salaries be maintained?

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