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Thursday, 16 May 1968

Mr BOWEN(Parramatta - Attorney-

General) [3.30] - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

This Bill is complementary to the Judges' Pensions Bill. There are a number of references to the existing Judges' Pensions Act in section 16 of the Law Officers Act 1964. That section deals with the pension rights of persons who at any time hold the office of Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth. The section applies the provisions of the Judges' Pensions Act to and in relation to a solicitor-general, and to and in relation to the widow and children of a deceased solicitor-general, as if the solicitorgeneral were, or had been, a judge to whom the Judges' Pensions Act applies. There is one exception to this - the provision of the Judges' Pensions Act including prior judicial service in a State as part of the service on which the calculation of pensions entitlement is based has no application to the solicitor-general, or to his widow or children.

Section 16 of the Law Officers Act also provides that, if a solicitor-general or former solicitor-general is appointed to be a judge, his service as solicitor-general is counted as service as a judge for the purposes of calculating his, or his widow's or children's, pension entitlement. Provision is also made for a former solicitor-general's pension to cease when he becomes a judge and for a retired judge's pension to cease when he becomes Solicitor-General. This Bill ensures that these provisions will operate in relation to the new Judge's Pensions Act as they do at present in relation to the existing Judges' Pensions Act. I commend the Bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Connor) adjourned.

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