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Wednesday, 23 June 1926

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - I was under the impression that the Government proposed to appoint as Chief Judge a legal gentleman, who would have the assistance of a representative of the employers and also of the employees. Such a system has been in operation in New South Wales for a considerable time with highly satisfactoryresults. I cannot support the proposal of the Government to appoint three members of the legal profession at high salaries, and also to provide for the payment of pensions to them on their retirement. The position of a member of Parliament is as important as that of any citizen in the Commonwealth, but his salary is less than one-third of that proposed to be paid to judges of the Arbitration Court. In comparison with salaries paid to those occupying important positions, that received by the Prime Minister is, to say the least of it, paltry. I do not intend to support the payment of such high salaries and pensions as is proposed in this instance.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clauses 1 to 5 agreed to.

Clause 6 -

Sections 12, 13, and 14 of the principal act are repealed and the following sections inserted in their stead: - " 12. The chief judge and the other judges -

(a)   shall be appointed by the GovernorGeneral in Council; and

(b)   shall not be removed except by the Governor-General in Council, on an address from both Houses of the Parliament in the same session, praying for such removal on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity. "13. The qualifications of the Chief Judge and of each other judge shall be as follows : -

He must be a barrister or solicitor of the High Court or of the Supreme Court of a State of not less than fire years' standing. "14b. - (1). Where a judge has served in that office for not less than fifteen years, he shall, on retiring, be entitled to an annual pension at the rate of one-half of his salary.

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