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Friday, 21 September 1928

Mr BOWDEN (Parramatta) (7:39 AM) . - I should like to know whether there is any possibility of the fees being lessened. A good deal of criticism has been levelled against the administration of the bankruptcy law by the Commonwealth. It is being said that whenever the Commonwealth takes over a depart ment the expenses of administration are very much higher than when it is managed by the State. In the present instance the fees are nearly double what they were formerly in Sydney, and I believe quite double those that were charged in Adelaide. It is almost too expensive now for a man to go insolvent! In the long run the fees have to be borne by the creditors. It is a great pity that the first step taken by the Commonwealth in connexion with the administration of the Bankruptcy Act should have been to increase the fees to such an extent.

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