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Wednesday, 23 June 1926

Senator ABBOTT (New South Wales) . - I am opposed to the amendment moved by Senator Lynch, which, if carried, will be a reflection upon the Government. How could a government secure the services of men capable of filling a seat on the High Court bench if it had to obtain the sanction of Parliament before appointments were made? The Government is placed in a position of trust, and it is its responsibility to make such appointments. In this instance it should have the power to appoint judges just as it has in the case of the High Court. I am conversant with the scandalous case to which SenatorReid referred, but the Commonwealth itself has had no such experience in the 25years of its existence.If those in authority in one State have so fallen from grace as to use their position to provide spoils for the victors, that is no reason why we should depart from the practice of the Executive making appointments to high offices. Although there issome reason in the arguments submitted by Senator Lynch, I think the clause should be passed as it stands.

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