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Thursday, 22 October 1914

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - Senator Blakey can rest assured that the remuneration of an officer occupying a position of such great importance as that of Inspector-General in Bankruptcy will be commensurate with the duties he will have to perform. As regards the inquiry of Senator O'Keefe, I was rather surprised at such a question coming from him. I do not think that we have power to initiate expenditure in this branch of the Parliament, and probably a clause stating the amount of salary for this officer would be unconstitutional.

Senator O'Keefe - That is only a reason for bringing in the Bill elsewhere.

Senator GARDINER - I may state that the position of Inspector-General in Bankruptcy is not being created for any person. I assure Senator Blakey that the most suitable man, whether he occupies a position at the present time or not, will receive the appointment. It will be a comparatively new position.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 13 to 22 agreed to.

Clause 23 (Courts to aid each other).

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