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JUDICIARY AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 2) 1984

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Durack moved an amendment, viz: Leave out all words after ''That'', insert ''the Bill be referred to the Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs for inquiry and report and, without limiting the generality of such inquiry and report, particularly to examine: (a) whether, in recent years, there has been an increase in the workload of the High Court sufficient to justify the abolition of the existing rights of appeal to that Court as of right;

(b) whether further restrictions upon the rights of appeal to the High Court are justified in view of the workload of the Court and, if so, what would be the fairest and most equitable system of restrictions which could be imposed;

(c) what matters should be considered by the High Court in determining whether to grant special leave to appeal; and

(d) whether the conduct of the Government's litigation would be improved or rendered more efficient following the establishment of the Australian Government Solicitor to replace the office of Crown Solicitor, as proposed by the Bill''.

Debate continued.

On the motion of the Minister for Social Security (Senator Grimes) the debate was adjourned.

Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for a later hour of the day.