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Wednesday, 7 July 1915

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I thoroughly appreciate Senator de Largie's desire to make this Bill as perfect as possible, but I think that he is unduly apprehensive in regard to this matter. The clear purpose of the clause is to enable any person who desires to institute legal proceedings against any company to discover - without having to indulge in a wild-goose chase over the States - who is the representative of that company. The clause makes it quite clear that even if that representative has disappeared, the mere fact of service at the registered address of the company will be sufficient for all legal purposes. The provision merely gives effect to a practice which is common in the case of mining and limited liability companies. These companies are required to register their offices for the purpose of enabling anybody who may so desire to serve legal notices upon them. As to the business management of insurance companies being centered at their registered offices, that is clearly impossible. There must be a centralized authority in connexion with all these- matters. If Senator de Largie will recall what is going on today in the case of registered companies he will realize that the purpose of the clause is abundantly clear.

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