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Thursday, 12 August 1926

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) . - I wish to finsh reading the suggestions made by the commissioner. The report states -

It is suggested that Mr. Stephenson be reinstated to the position of Registrar of Courts and Associated Offices, and that he paid salary as from the 1st April, 1926, the date upon which the hearing of his complaint was concluded. It is considered that deprivation of position and salary between the date of removal from office and the date herein stated constitutes punishment sufficiently adequate to meet the requirements of the case.

I make no comment except to say that, apparently, the evidence showed that Mr. Stephenson had broken the law. Since he was found in an intoxicated condition at a public sale held in the court-house yard, it seems to me that the Administrator had mo option but toreport the incident to the Minister. I do not wish to labour this question. Senator Elliott has, I think, made out a very good case. In my opinion, the subject should be further investigated.

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