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Wednesday, 6 December 1911

Senator RAE (New South Wales) - - I should like to know the reason for limiting the amount to .£100. Why should it not be equal to the liability, whatever it may be? I cannot see why in a case of bankruptcy a possible claimant should not have the right to the maximum amount which he otherwise would have. I can understand why we should have such a provision, but not with this limitation.

Senator McGREGOR(South Australia - Vice President of the Executive Council) [4-'53l- - I think that Senator Rae will see that without this provision a claimant might get only a few pounds, or perhaps nothing. It gives him priority over other creditors. We have made the clause as liberal as we can do. No matter what amounts may be due to other creditors, a claimant for compensation under the Act will have priority to the extent of at least £100. Seeing that in ordinary circumstances a claimant might only get two or three pounds or nothing, and that a number of persons are placed under a disability, it is, .1 think, a very generous allowance to make.

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