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Wednesday, 6 December 1911

Senator RAE (New South Wales) . - In the event of one claim being made £25 and another for ^500, would not the fact of £100 being provided for in this clause be injurious to the interests of the person claiming the larger amount? Suppose that a number of people make claims, some of whom are only entitled to£50 compensation; the fact of only £100 being kept back from an insolvent's estate to meet all claims would' be very hard on others of them. In dealing with a humanitarian measure of this kind, in which we make provision for those who have no means of subsistence, we should see to it that they get the full amount to which they are entitled. I do not think that the Vice-President of the Executive Council has given anything like an adequate answer to my argument. He says that there may be cases in which the claim only amounts to . £50, and that my amendment would insure £500 being laid by to meet that liability. But under the Bill as it stands only £100 would be laid by to meet a£500 liability. Which is the better course, to have the larger amount at hand to meet the claims, or to make it impossible for a person entitled to£500 to get more than one-fourth of that amount?

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