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Friday, 23 October 1914

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - It is the intention of the Bill to provide that wherever possible the Official Receiver should be a public officer.

Senator Keating - That may be the intention of the Government, but there is nothing in the Bill to indicate it.

Senator GARDINER - I can assure the honorable senator that it is our intention that the Official Receiver should be a permanent public officer. He may have other duties to discharge, and I recognise that in the Bill we propose to depart somewhat from the New South Wales practice and to approximatemore closely to the South Australian practice. The fact that in New South Wales an Official Receiver may be a private citizen has no bearing upon this clause, because under the Bill he will become a public official. If it be necessary to define the term "Official Receiver" to an extent which will make his duties and responsibilities clear, we should have no hesitation in doing that. I recognise that we are making an important departure from the New South Wales practice, and that New South Wales influence is naturally in favour of retaining the practice which has hitherto obtained there-

Senator Keating - It is a world-wide practice and not merely the practice in New South Wales.

Senator GARDINER - I think I could show- a very distinct difference betweenthe New South Wales and South Australian practice. I repeat that it is intended that the Official Receiver shall be; a public officer.

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