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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Senator DOBSON (Tasmania) . - I do not think that Senator Keating has completely answered Senator Gould's objections. Section 49 of the Judiciary Act provides amply for the admission of barristers and solicitors to practise before the Federal Courts. This clause practically takes it out of the hands of the States Courts to admit barristers and solicitors to practise before the High Court. It appears to conflict with the power which the States Courts have to admit men to practise before the High Court bv virtue of their being admitted to practise before States Courts. Senator Keating urges that some learned person not being a barrister of a State Court may wish to appear before the High Court. But the clause does not specifically provide for that. The clause appears to r»"* to conflict with section: 49 of the Judiciary Act-

Senator Keating - It does not conflict with it ; it adds to it.

Senator DOBSON - It should add to it in a proper way. The clause under consideration, is quite inconsistent. I move -

That after the word " Court," line 5, the following words be inserted, "who are not practising barristers or solicitors of a State Court.'

Amendment negatived. Clause agreed to. Title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment ; report adopted.

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