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Friday, 23 October 1914

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - The Government are prepared to accept the words " filed with " in place of the words " submit to," but not the substitution of the Registrar for the Official Receiver. We propose to retain the Official Receiver in this and other clauses. I understand the honorable senator's desire to follow the New South Wales practice, but in that State, as compared with the other States, the Registrar has extraordinary powers, and because of his extraordinary powers he is, as compared with the Registrars in the other States, an extraordinary official. The whole principle of this section of the Bill depends largely upon retaining the Official Receiver. It would be some time before we could have in the other States Registrars exercising the powers that the New South Wales Registrar exercises, and we have no present intention of appointing them. In the circumstances, I would ask the honorable senator not to press the amendment further than I have suggested.

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