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Thursday, 26 November 1914


Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - In an earlier clause, at a pre" vious sitting, I moved an amendment to provide for the filing of a statement with the Registrar rather than the submitting of the statement to the Official Receiver. When the Minister indicated that he was prepared to accept an amendment to the effect that the statement should be filed with the Official Receiver, and not with the Registrar, I did not consider that that went far enough. I desired that the Registrar should be put in the position of the person who should receive the filed document, and should be responsible for its custody, and I took it from the Minister that it was desired that the Official Receiver should occupy a position in relation to the bankruptcy proceedings which, I thought, should be occupied by the Registrar. As I indicated, there was a number of amendments amongst those I circulated which were designed to bring about that result, and I take it that the Minister is not prepared to accept my contingent amendment in this clause, namely, to leave out " Official Receiver," in sub-clause 2, and to insert "Registrar."


Senator Gardiner - No. I intend to make a short statement.


Senator KEATING - I do not propose to press this amendment, not because I have abandoned my idea that the Registrar would be better than the Official Receiver in the places where I have given notice to amend the Bill, but because the Minister has taken up that position, and has been strongly supported by the Committee. It would be idle for me, and a waste of time, to continue to press the amendments, as they are all consequent on the one I moved before.







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