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Thursday, 26 November 1914

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - In accordance with notice, I move -

That the following new clause be inserted: - " 106a. The trustee shall cause notice of the granting of the discharge to be published in the Gazette."

The previous clause dealt with the conditions under which discharges shall be obtained, and I am now asking that all discharges shall be notified through the medium of the Gazette. If there be any justification for the publication of every dividend in the Gazette, there is a stronger justification for the publication of every discharge in that journal. I said just now that not many private persons read the Gazette. That is so. But, of course, that publication is read on Saturdays by a number of press representatives who attend the Commonwealth offices. They go through the Gazette and pick out from it matters of interest to their respective States, and these they communicate by telegraph to their newspapers. Outside of this limited circle, however, the Gazette is not very much read. It is usual to make some official announcement to the world at large of the discharge of a bankrupt, and I hope, therefore, that the Vice-President of the Executive Council will see his way to accept my proposal.

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