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Thursday, 17 November 1938

Mr Blackburn n asked the Minister administering External Territories, upon notice -

1.   Is the Chief Judge of the Territory of New Guinea still on leave of absence?

2.   If so, when does that leave of absence expire?

3.   What arrangements have been made for the performance of the necessary work in his absence ?

Mr Harrison (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister without portfolio, administering External Territories) - The answers to the honorable members questions are as follows : -

1.   Yes.

2.   On the 9th January, 1939.

3.   Mr. P.L. Griffiths, K.C., has been appointed Acting Chief Judge during the absence of the Chief Judge. Mr. Griffiths is the SolicitorGeneral of Tasmania and his services have been made available on loan by the Government of Tasmania.

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