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Wednesday, 23 March 1927

Senator MCLACHLAN (South Australia) (Honorary Minister) . - Last year Parliament amended the Judiciary Act. Prior to the amendment section 10 of that act read as follows: -

The principal seat of the High Court shall be at the Seat of Government. Until the Seat of Government is established, the principal seat of the High Court shall be at such pla.ce as the Governor-General from time to time appoints.

The amendment made last year reads -

On and after a date to be fixed by proclamation the principal seat of the High Court shall be at tlie Seat of Government.

It was then recognized that it was impossible to accommodate immediately at the Seat of Government the High Court and its principal registry. I wish it to be understood that the reason for the delay is not any inconvenience that might be caused to the High Court. The removal will take place when the necessary accommodation is provided. That matter will entail a great deal of consideration by the Minister.

Senator Thompson - Do not those conditions operate in respect to other departments also?

Senator McLACHLAN - To a certain extent, no doubt they do. All that has been provided at Canberra is accommodation for those services that are absolutely essential to the functioning of the Parliament. i ask honorable senators to dismiss from their minds any idea that the delay is caused because of inconvenience to the High Court. When the proper time arrives a proclamation will be issued in the terms of section 10 of the Judiciary Act, as amended last year. Plans have been prepared for the provision of accommodation in respect of court houses, chief registry, and strong-rooms for the records.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 4 to 8 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

Sitting suspended from 3.31 to8 p.m.

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