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Friday, 4 March 1927

Senator McLACHLAN (South Australia) (Honorary Minister) . - I feel that a word of explanation is due to the committee in connexion with the amendment proposed in this clause. The official receivers contemplated by section 12 of the principal act will not be subject to the Commonwealth Public Service Act, and it is doubtful whether they will be accounting officers within the meaning of the Audit Act. The proposed amendment requires them to give security. They will be non-salaried official receivers, who will be in practically the same position as official assignees, who are required to give security. This amendment was proposed by the Bankruptcy Conference, held in 1925, and is being inserted to ensure the integrity of the official receiver appointed.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 4 (Extent of Jurisdiction of Court).

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