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Wednesday, 18 November 1914

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - My object was to place all bankrupts in the same position, so far as this allowance is concerned. " A," a bankrupt, may bo willing to assist the trustee in realizing the estate-, but the trustee may not require his services, and he may be unable to obtain employment elsewhere. The trustee would have the power to make him an allowance under the clause, but in his case it would be a dole or charity. " B," another bankrupt, might be allowed to assist the trustee and do some work, and the money allowed to him under the same clause would not be a dole or charity. By omitting the words to which I have directed attention, all bankrupts would be placed in the same position. I want to apply the same principle as applies in the case of old-age pensions. The fact that a bankrupt does not work for the estate may be due to causes, outside bis own- control, such as ill health or the desire of the creditors to secure the services of somebody else. I do not want any pauperisation in this matter. The Committee of the Associated Chambers of Commerce regarded it as the general policy of the Commonwealth that there should be nothing of a pauperising character about the allowance.

Amendment negatived.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 98. (Power to allow bankrupt to manage property^)

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