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Friday, 23 October 1914

Senator BAKHAP (Tasmania) . - I desire to point out to the VicePresident of the Executive Council that clause 13 evidently contemplates a distinct difference between the status of Official Receivers and that of other officers of the Court. It provides -

(1)   There shall be in each State a Registrar in Bankruptcy, and such Deputy Registrars, District Registrars, and Official Receivers as may be necessary.

Senator Keating - A Registrar with nothing to register.

Senator BAKHAP - It continues -

The Registrars, Deputy Registrars, and District Registrars shall act under the AttorneyGeneral, and shall also be officers of the Courts exercising jurisdiction in bankruptcy.

Surely these are the proper persons with whom to file records. The Official Receiver is to act under the general authority and direction of the Registrar, and is to be an officer of the Court. Clearly he will be a very subordinate officer. The Official Receiver appointed for any particular estate shall be the receiver for that estate. Evidently the Act contemplates the appointment of receivers who may deal with one estate alone, and their fixity of tenure is not in any way obvious, while the subordinate nature of their duties is very much, in evidence. I urge the serious consideration of the amendment.

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