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Wednesday, 16 December 1914

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - I have been asked the meaning of the phrase " choses in action." It is a relic of Norman-French, and means the same thing as is expressed in a clause in the Bankruptcy Bill by "things in action." A " thing in action " means the right that an individual has to some money due to him, not exactly determined or ascertained. A man libelled or injured in an accident has a right of action, but does not know the exact amount he may recover before a jury. I suggest to the Minister, in order to keep our legislation harmonious in expression, the substitution of "things" for "choses."

Senator Pearce - Would the Court have any doubt as to the meaning?

Senator KEATING - No.

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