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Tuesday, 12 July 1904


Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) - On a previous occasion I called attention to questions which may hereafter be raised of a similar nature to those which are provided for in this clause. I do not wish to press for an answer at the present moment, but I think that the Prime Minister promised to inquire into this provision. I merely wish to know whether the attention of the AttorneyGeneral has been called to the matter?


Mr Higgins - To what matter does the honorable and learned member refer?


Mr DEAKIN - It arises in connexion with clause 16. It is questionable whether we have power to peremptorily impose new functions upon a Justice of the High Court, and also whether we can appoint a Justice of that tribunal to the position of President of the Arbitration Court without his consent.


Mr Higgins - This provision refers only to the Supreme Courts of the States.


Mr DEAKIN - Of course; I merely wish to ascertain whether the attention of the Attorney-General has been called to the other matter.







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