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Wednesday, 10 April 1946

Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) (Leader of the Opposition) . - The sole purpose of the bill is to provide that, in the event of the absence of the Chief Judge of the Arbitration Court from office, or his inability to perform the duties of his office, the senior judge shall serve as Acting Chief Judge. I support the bill. The Attorney-General (Dr. Evatt) was good enough, to show me certain documents which indicated that the present Chief Judge would not be able to sit, particularly on the forthcoming very important hours inquiry. In the circumstances, it is most desirable that the court should be able to function in his absence. I do not know why provision was not made in the past for the appointment of an Acting Chief Judge of the Arbitration Court, though I remember that a similar position arose once in connexion with the appointment of an Acting Chief Justice of the High Court. I agree that the bill is necessary, and as it deals with only the one matter, I support it.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clauses 1 to 3 agreed to.

New clause 4 -

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