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Wednesday, 15 June 1904

Mr SPENCE (Darling) - I would point out to the Committee that the Court which it is proposed to establish differs greatly from other legal tribunals. The judgments of all other Courts are final, unless an appeal be made from them, whereas the Federal Arbitration Court has power to review its own decisions as often as it chooses. Consequently, it is in a position to remedy any mistakes which it may commit. Moreover, each case will be decided on its merits. I hope, therefore, that the clause will be retained in its present form. Mr. EWING (Richmond).- It is always a shock to find that any particular section of the community is denied the advantage of all the laws enacted for the protection of the people. Consequently, it is remarkable that under this Bill litigants are to be deprived of the special ability and the rare acumen possessed by the Justices of the High Court.

Mr Watson - In most of the States, except on matters of law,, all criminals are denied the right of appeal.

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