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Wednesday, 18 November 1914

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - I recognise that Senator Keating has made out a good case as to the difficulty of getting creditors together to decide what should be done. I offer the suggestion as a way out of the difficulty that has arisen that, if the trustee has endeavoured to secure a meeting of the creditors in order that he might be invested with the power which Senator Keating desires he should possess, and the creditors have failed to meet, he should then be able to exercise that power. In this way, the interests of the creditors would be safeguarded.

Senator Keating - The bankrupt, having no employment, might in the interval go to some other State.

Senator DE LARGIE - He might; but we have first to consider the rights of the creditors in this matter.

Senator Senior - The bankrupt might be the most unfortunate man of them all.

Senator DE LARGIE - That is so; but that is not generally assumed. By adopting my suggestion, the views of both the Minister and Senator Keating would receive consideration. I should be prepared to assist Senator Keating to effect an amendment of the Bill in that form.

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