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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 16569


Mr Murphy asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 20 March 2003:

(1) How many people were declared bankrupt during the financial years ended 30 June 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.

(2) During the financial year ended 30 June 2002, how many people were declared bankrupt for: (a) a second time, (b) a third time, (c) a fourth time, (d) a fifth time, (e) a sixth time, (f) a seventh time, (g) an eighth time, (h) a ninth time, (i) a tenth time, and (j) an eleventh time.

(3) What is the maximum number of times an individual has been declared bankrupt.


Mr Williams (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The number of people declared bankrupt during the following financial years ended 30 June were:

Year

Bankrupts

1996

20,143

1997

24,246

1998

26,515

1999

28,309

2000

24,908

2001

25,313

2002

25,029

(2) In the financial year ending 30 June 2002, the following number of people declared bankrupt had been bankrupt more than once:

No. of times bankrupt

No. of people bankrupt

Second

2,768

Third

318

Fourth

92

Fifth

31

Sixth

12

Seventh

4

Eighth

7

Ninth

4

Tenth

3

Eleventh

3

(3) I understand that the maximum number of times an individual has been declared bankrupt is twelve.