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Thursday, 21 April 1904

Mr McWILLIAMS (FRANKLIN, TASMANIA) - I ask the honorable member for Wide Bay to point out to me the speeches of any of the delegates who were advocating the Convention Bill, who also advocated that the States public servants should be, or might be, brought under the control of the Federal High Court by the terms of the Constitution. It has come as a surprise to honorable members to know, not that we possess the power, but that there is a chance of our getting the power from the High Court. If this were my individual case, I should be quite prepared to go to the High Court, because - though I do not know whether I am at liberty to say so - I think we have a good idea of what the opinion of two members of the Court is on this matter. They gave their opinion on the point twelve months ago.

Mr Fisher - As politicians.

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