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Wednesday, 11 November 1914

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) (. Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - The honorable senator must see that his proposal would open the door to a very grave danger - the danger of permitting a committee man to supply goods - especially as the clause provides that the Court may grant the necessary permission.

Senator Keating - The adoption of the suggestion of the Vice-President of the Executive Council will be attended with more risk, because the big creditor will stand off the committee, and will thus be free to supply like an ordinary outsider.

Senator GARDINER - The clause is very clear, and, to my mind, offers every facility which should be offered. If a man wishes to supply goods to enable a bankrupt's business to be carried on, he should cease to be a member of the committee. If he wishes to remain a member of the committee, then it is open to him to make an application to the Court for the necessary permit. I am very sorry that I have to appear in the role depicted by Senator Stewart - that of a Minister tenaciously sticking to his Bill. But it appears to me that this is one of the clauses in the measure to which I can adhere with complete justification.

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