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Wednesday, 11 November 1914

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - The Minister utterly fails to grasp the purpose of the amendment. When he refers to the danger of a catastrophe arising through one man being dishonest, his mind must be influenced by the existence of a state of war. The committee has no power to do anything. It cannot invoke or put the law in motion against the debtor. Its whole purpose is to look into the affairs of the insolvent, and report to the creditors as to the condition of the estate, and what action is best to be taken in their interests. We are entitled to consider the interests of creditors a little. If they feel that their interests will be better served and expenses kept down by appointing one of their number to make the inquiries, it may be reasonably left to them, as they are the persons most intimately and directly concerned. The Minister might with great advantage to the trading community accept the amendment.

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