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Wednesday, 23 March 1966

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (AttorneyGeneral) . - The Government accepts the amendment. If I may say so, the honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Killen) has circulated five amendments and there is another amendment which I will move which flowed from a suggestion made by the honorable member. I must express my gratitude to him. In doing so, I pay to the honorable member a tribute that is thoroughly deserved for the time and effort that he has put into an examination of this very complex, technical bill.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 13 to 18- by leave - taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 19. (1.) Where a person becomes a bankrupt, it is the duty of the official receiver -

(a)   to notify, as prescribed, the fact of the bankruptcy;

(b)   to ascertain the assets and liabilities of the bankrupt;

(c)   to investigate -

(i)   the conduct, dealingsand transactions of the bankrupt;

(ii)   the cause of bankruptcy: and

(iii)   the books, accounts and records kept by the bankrupt, and to file with the Registrar, within sixty days after the making of the sequestration order or, in the case of a debtor's petition, after presentation of the petition, or within such further time as the Registrar allows, a report showing the result of his investigations;

(d)   to summon the first meeting of creditors;

(e)   to advertise, as prescribed, the date, time and place on and at which the public examination of the bankrupt is to be held;

(f)   to take such part as he thinks fit in the public examination of the bankrupt; and (g)to file from time to time such supplementary reports in relation to the matters specified in paragraph (c) of this sub-section as he considers necessary.

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