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Thursday, 22 October 1914

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) (Vice-President of Executive Council) . - By way of illustration, I may point out that in a StateBankruptcy or Insolvency Act there may be provision for the disqualification of bankrupts for election to municipal councils or Parliament, andin such cases this Bill will have no bearing; such provisions would not come " within the scope " of this Bill.

Senator Bakhap - A State Act may provide a method of relief which is not provided in the Bill; and I desire to know whether that relief will remain available to debtors in the States which have been mentioned.

Senator GARDINER - If any such provision in a State Act is not inconsistent with the Bill, it will not be affected by the Bill.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 7 -

(1)   The Governor-General may make rules - (a) for regulating the practice and procedure of Courts having jurisdiction in bankruptcy. . . .

(2)   All such rules shall be laid before both Houses of the Parliament within thirty days after the making thereof, or, if the Parliament is not then sitting, within thirty days after the next meeting of the Parliament.

(   3 ) If either House of the Parliament passes a resolution of which notice has been given at any time within fifteen sitting days after any such rules have been laid before such House disallowing any rule, that rule shall thereupon cease to have effect.

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