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Wednesday, 18 November 1959

Sir WILFRID KENT HUGHES (Chisholm) . - I support the honorable member for Lang (Mr. Stewart). I do not want to repeat anything .that he has :said, but .1 seek some infor.mation. Clause 14 (2.) provides, apparently, that where the judge adjourns the proceedings .to afford the parties an -opportunity to become reconciled, and the attempt .at 'reconciliation fails, that judge or another judge -may resume the hearing. 'Clause 15, apparently, means that although a case ,may have proceeded for some time and a large amount,of costs may have been -incurred before any 'thought was given to an endeavour to effects reconciliation, if either of the parties wants to continue with the hearing after the .attempt at reconciliation has '.failed, the case 'has to start again. This means >that She costs will be considerably increased, because another judge will have to be appointed to hear the case. In those circumstances, the appointment of a judge as conciliator will be something of a handicap in relation to costs. Perhaps I have interpreted the clause wrongly. 1 am merely asking the AttorneyGeneral whether my interpretation of the clause is correct.

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