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Thursday, 21 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The honorable senator recognizes, I think, that this provision only repeats the law as it has been in operation for some time. Prior to the simplification of the law which gave priority to Crown debts, the Commissioner was placed in the position of an ordinary person taking out a garnishee. If he resorted to such proceedings his garnishee took priority over all others in the field. We have substituted simpler methods, shortcircuiting what could be done by a tedious process of law. That is the basis of this provision, any rigours of which must be attributed to the law which gives priority to Crown debts.

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