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Wednesday, 20 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The subject embodied in this clausehas been discussed by the various interests concerned. The complexity of the position between trustees, attorneys, and representatives of life tenants, and lifetenants themselves, who have taken a lease from a trustee, is considerable, and it has been decided to refer the matter to Mr. Justice Ferguson, with a view to ascertaining whether some method can be evolved whereby justice will be done to these people. They have represented that they entered into leases in conformity with the law which then existed. Subsequently a dispute arose in regard to the method by which the. position of the trustees of these estates is secured by the creation of a sinking fund from the amount paid by the tenant. The matter has been discussed with the Treasurer, and it will be reconsidered next September. What the decision of the Government will be I am unable to forecast, but I apprehend from the representations made to it that some relief will be given to these persons.

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