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Friday, 4 March 1927

Senator McLACHLAN (South Australia) (Honorary Minister) . - It is unfortunate that this measure could not be circulated earlier, but I would suggest to honorable senators that if they will agree to allow the bill to be carried to the report stage it can then be further considered the week after next.

Senator Chapman - There will then be no opportunity to submit amendments.

Senator McLACHLAN - Yes; because if the Government deem any proposed amendments worthy of consideration the bill can be recommitted. No opposition would be taken to such a course. I ask honorable senators to adopt my suggestion, because it is urgently necessary that our Bankruptcy Act should be brought into force at once. I move -

That in sub-clause (2) after the word " pound " the words " five shillings " be inserted.

Although the various chambers of commerce approved of the rate of £1 per cent., the Government is agreeable to the increase suggested by Senator Thompson.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 17 consequentially amended and agreed to.

Clauses18 and19 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

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