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Tuesday, 20 October 1970

Mr Wallis asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Has he been advised that the Premier of South Australia, Mr D. A. Dunstan, has written to the Prime Minister asking that before the recommendations of the Maunsell Report on Rail notice were circulated:

Standardisation in South Australia are adopted, consideration be given to the alternate proposals submitted by the South Australian Railways Commissioner.

(2)   If so, what developments have taken place on this matter.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The Prime Minister has replied to the Premier seeking his agreement to discussions aimed at resolving the matter.

Australian Capital Territory: Magistrates (Question No. 1631) Mr Enderby asked the Attorney-General, upon notice:

Has he considered the suggestion that magistrates in the Court of Petty Sessions in the Australian Capital Territory should be independent of the Attorney-General's Department and not officers of that Department; if so, with what result.

Mr Hughes (BEROWRA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

A stipendiary magistrate is already independent of the Attorney-General's Department in respect of his statutory functions. In respect of other matters, such as salary, leave, etc., he is subject to the Public Service Act. There is no proposal to change this position which is in line with the position in most Australian States.

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