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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 463

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Can the AttorneyGeneral say whether any citizens of South Australia have ever been appointed as judges of the High Court of Australia? If they have not, will the Attorney-General give serious consideration to the appoint.mentment of a South Australian to such a position in the knowledge that there are many in the legal profession who have distinguished themselves and who would servo on the High Court with distinction?

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) (Attorney-General) - There is not at present any vacancy on the High Court bench but I would assure the honourable senator that when vacancies do arise the Government gives very serious consideration to those members of the legal profession who are eligible for appointment. The view of this Government - and I think it is a view which has been reflected in the character of the appointments which have been made - is that when a vacancy occurs on Australia's highest court the person most fitted and qualified for the position should be appointed, providing, of course, he is willing to accept the appointment. I think that standard is the standard which the people of Australia would expect in making appointments to the body in which reposes the judicial power of the Commonwealth.

I think it is a fact that no citizen of South Australia has been appointed as a member of the High Court bench, and I think that applies also in the case of 2 other States. But that is not to say that if there are living in those States in the future persons of the standard and with the qualities which are needed for appointment to the High Court, they may not expect in due course to be appointed.

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