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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3442

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral) - Mr Deputy President,we are pleased that the Opposition agrees with the purposes of these Bills. I thank the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Senator Greenwood) for not criticising the second Bill. I negotiated what appeared to be an almost insoluble problem with respect to the pensions of judges in Papua New Guinea. I am pleased that the result is acceptable to him. I am sure that the Minister for Science (Mr Morrison) who has dealt with other aspects of these problems has spent as much time, has listened to as many people and has arrived at as good a result as we did with respect to the legislation on judges' pensions. I would hope that, while the Deputy Leader of the Opposition said a great deal about what the judges had done and what had happened about the orders, he would realise the enormous effort that was undertaken, before these Bills were introduced, by Ministers, members of the Public Service and others to produce a result which was acceptable to the Australian Government and to the Government of Papua New Guinea. I now ask the Senate to endorse the Bills.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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