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Wednesday, 24 June 1903

Mr V L SOLOMON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I consider that there is something in the contention of the honorable member for Tasmania, Mr. O'Malley. If a fair division could now be taken the position would be different. I would point out, however, that several honorable members left the chamber after pairing on the only question which was then before the Committee - the question whether we should have five Judges as against three. The suggestion that there should be four Judges, had not then been brought forward, and I contend that it would be absolutely unfair to use these pairs on a division relating to a proposal to reduce the number to four. It would be equally unfair to take a snatch division upon a matter of so much importance, without allowing these honorable members an opportunity of voting on the question whether there should be four or three Judges.

Mr. EWING(Richmond).- Surely honorable members have no desire to place their brother members who are away in a false position in regard to this matter? It is unfair to those who are away that a division should be taken upon the question to-night.

Amendment of the amendment negatived.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Progress reported.

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