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Tuesday, 18 April 1961

Mr TURNBULL (Mallee) .- This Government has been most liberal in the matter of pensions for judges. In fact, I think that it has been a little too liberal, although I have supported its proposals in the past. The Deputy Leader of the Opposittion (Mr. Whitlam) and the honorable member for Bruce (Mr. Snedden) now have taken the opportunity during this debate to advocate that the benefits that have been afforded judges should be extended after their death to their children, and I think it is time that I had something to say about the matter. I oppose the proposal.

Mr Snedden - The proposal to extend the benefits to the children would apply only in the event of the death of the mother, too.

Mr TURNBULL - As the honorable member for Bruce has sard, the proposal would apply only in the event of the death of the mother and after the children become orphans. But many children become orphans in this country, and after all, a judge receives a very good salary and surely he can provide for his children in the manner of the rest of the community. When the Deputy Leader of the Opposition was advocating this proposal so strongly I interjected, and I am speaking now to support my interjection so that my attitude will be clear. I am opposed to the proposal. I cannot understand how the Labour Party can support it and why it is left to me to oppose the suggestion because it must be completely opposed to Labour policy, and it is time that some other Labour member expressed his opinion onit.

I cannot understand how the deputy leader of a Labour Party could advocate such a policy, and I oppose his advocacy.

Question put -

That the word proposed to be omitted (Mr. Whitlam's amendment) stand part of the question. [The bells being rung] -

Mr Nelson - Mr. Deputy Speaker, as this bill relates to the Northern Territory I submit that I am entitled to vote on it.

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