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Thursday, 8 December 1960

Mr DALY (Grayndler) .- I wish to take advantage of this opportunity to reply to the allegations that Opposition members have smeared the judiciary. The honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Killen) stated that I had said that the judges were subject to political patronage. That is not the case. I cited the hypothetical case of what the man in the street might think. At no stage did I make the allegation to which he referred. I express the same view as was expressed by the honorable member for Lalor earlier this evening, namely that whenever measures of this kind come before the Parliament, although we are entitled to debate them and to criticize them, when we do so we are accused by people like the Attorney-General and the honorable member for Moreton of smearing the judiciary. Surely we are entitled to discuss all matters objectively. If a boilermaker asks for an increase in his wages he is criticized irrespective of how strong his case may be.

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