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Wednesday, 23 June 1926

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - It seems extraordinary to provide a pension of £1,500 a year for a judge who will receive £3,000 a year for a long period, Avhen one recollects how reluctantly the invalid and old-age pension was increased to the nominal sum of £1 a Aveek. What is the difference in make-up between a judge and an ordinary citizen? Although some members of the legal fraternity have incomes of over £3,000 a year, thousands of them do not receive anything approaching that sum.

Senator Reid - Some of them earn £10,000 or £15,000 a year.

Senator GRANT - But there are many briefless barristers throughout the country. No ordinary public servant will receive a pension equal to that proposed to be given to these judges. When members of Parliament, even after they have served the public for practically a lifetime, are defeated at the polls, they receive no pension whatever. Considering the m,anner in which some half-dozen judgments of the Supreme Court in Queensland have been upset by the Privy Council, one cannot help thinking that a number of the judges are not quite free from the class bias from Avhich they are supposed to be immune. If the people were given an opportunity to express their opinions they would strongly oppose the granting of a pension of £1,500 a year to a judge.

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