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Tuesday, 23 June 1903

Mr MAUGER (Melbourne Ports) - As I intend to move that the provision with regard to pensions for the Judges be struck out, I cannot follow my honorable friend the member for Parramatta in his amendment to reduce the salary of the Chief Justice to £2,500. A salary of £3,000 for the Chief Justice, and salaries of £2,500 for the other Judges, would be sufficient even for such important positions. I quite agree with my honorable friend the member for Tasmania, Mr. O'Malley, that Judges do not take positions of this kind merely for the monetary considerations connected with them. I notice that the late Professor Morris says, in his Memoir of the late Chief Justice Higinbotham, that the statement to the effect that he had made a monetary sacrifice in becoming a Judge was not in accordance with fact.

Mr Deakin - He made a monetary sacrifice when he went into politics, and was punished for his politics.

Mr MAUGER - We all make sacrifices in going into politics, and do not get credit for it.

Sir Malcolm Mceacharn - And generally get punished !

Mr MAUGER - I think that if we fixed the salary of the Chief Justice at £3, 000 per annum and abolished the pensions, we should be offering a scale of remuneration commensurate with the positions.

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