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Friday, 1 June 1984
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Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(3.51) —I am sorry that I omitted to mention that matter. I certainly do not see the appointments which I have recently made to the Court as in any way significant in relation to, or in any way cutting across, the policy which I strongly espouse, as Senator Durack ought to know, for an integrated national court system. I do not think that it would be viewed in that light. Certainly, it has not been intended as having any significance in that respect.

I indicate that it is 10 minutes to four. I think there has been some discussion as between the parties about the desirability-indeed, necessity-of concluding the consideration of the Estimates by 4.15 p.m. I am happy to debate these matters at any time with Senator Durack. But, they are not specifically raised by anything in the Estimates. Matters pertaining to judges are really outside the Estimates altogether. It is essentially a philosophical discussion which we are having and I would be delighted to continue it at another time and place. If Senator Durack can indicate the matters on which he requires quick, snappy answers or undertakings from me to provide them, I am happy to do it. We have to deal with the Departments covered by Estimates Committees E and F. In everyone's interests, it is desirable that we complete that by 4.15.