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Friday, 26 May 1972
Page: 2175

Senator MURPHY - I ask the AttorneyGeneral: Did Mr Nigel Bowen, then Attorney-General, state on 18th May 1967 in regard to the establishment of a new federal superior court: 'I am now in a position to inform the House that the Government has decided that a new Federal court be established and that a Bill for this purpose be introduced'? Mr Bowen was addressing the House of Representatives. Was his statement in pursuance of statements which had been made by his predecessors from about 1963? Will the AttorneyGeneral inform the Senate of what has been done to implement this positive decision taken by the Government and announced to the Parliament together with a statement that a Bill would be introduced?

Senator GREENWOOD - It may be that the Labor Party, and in particular Senator Murphy, are bereft of questions on other subjects. When he asks me whether I can recall what was said by the then AttorneyGeneral on 18th May 1967 I find it very difficult to cast my memory back to that time. I will check what was said with a view to ascertaining precisely what the position is. I think - again I speak from recollection - that on a number of occasions since that date statements have been made, if not by Mr N. H. Bowen then by his successors as Attorney-General, as to what decisions had been made with regard to the superior court. I know that the matter is currently under consideration. In due course an announcement will be made.

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