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Wednesday, 11 November 1914

Senator BAKHAP - I think the Minister would be in error in adopting that course. Undoubtedly information of this kind should be made available to those who contemplate business transactions with a person who has once been a bankrupt. If I have been insolvent as a business man, and approach another person for business accommodation, it is quite right that he should have an opportunity of inspecting my record; but I certainly see no reason why it should be made available to the outside public at the instance of a man who may have a temporary quarrel with me, and who from vulgar or malicious motives desires to make public the fact that I have once been a bankrupt. I shall vote for the amendment on the understanding that a sufficiently heavy fee is charged to prevent people making public information of this kind, with a view to indulging private animosity.

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