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Bankruptcy Act 1968

Authoritative Version
  • - C1968A00121
  • No longer in force
Act No. 121 of 1968 as made
An Act to amend the Bankruptcy Act 1966.
Date of Assent 03 Dec 1968
Date of repeal 24 Jun 2014
Repealed by Amending Acts 1901 to 1969 Repeal Act 2014

Bankruptcy

No. 121 of 1968

An Act to amend the Bankruptcy Act 1966.

[Assented to 3 December 1968]

[Date of commencement, 31 December 1968]

BE it enacted by the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate, and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, as follows:—

Short title and citation.

1.—(1.)     This Act may be cited as the Bankruptcy Act 1968.

(2.)  The Bankruptcy Act 1966 is in this Act referred to as the Principal Act.

(3.)  The Principal Act, as amended by this Act, may be cited as the Bankruptcy Act 1966–1968.

Interpretation.

2.  Section 5 of the Principal Act is amended by inserting in sub-section (1.), after the definition of “goods”, the following definition:—

“‘magistrate’ means a Stipendiary, Police or Special Magistrate of a State or Territory;”.

Petitioning creditor to lodge deposit to cover advertising expenses, &c.

3.  Section 48 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting from subsection (1.) the words “of calling the first meeting of creditors” and inserting in their stead the words “any other expenses necessarily incurred by an official receiver before the first meeting of creditors”.

Consolidation of proceedings.

4.  Section 53 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting the words “Where sequestration orders have been made against two or more members of a partnership or two or more joint debtors,” and inserting in their stead the words “Where two or more members of a partnership or two or more joint debtors have become bankrupts,”.

Public examination of bankrupt.

5.  Section 69 of the Principal Act is amended—

(a) by inserting in sub-section (2.), after the word “Registrar” (first occurring), the words “or, if the Registrar thinks fit, before a magistrate “;

(b) by inserting in sub-section (3.), after the word “Registrar”, the words “or the magistrate”;

(c) by inserting in paragraph (b) of sub-section (4.), after the word “Registrar”, the words “or the magistrate, as the case may be”; and

(d) by omitting from sub-sections (7.), (8.) and (12.) the words “or the Registrar” (wherever occurring) and inserting in their stead the words the Registrar or the magistrate”.


 

Arrest of debtor or bankrupt.

6.  Section 78 of the Principal Act is amended by inserting in paragraph (e) of sub-section (1.) after the word “before”, the words “a magistrate,”.

Discovery of bankrupt’s property.

7.  Section 81 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting sub-section (12.).

Declaration and distribution of dividends.

8.  Section 140 of the Principal Act is amended—

(a) by inserting in sub-section (1.), after the word “shall,”, the words “subject to sub-section (7.) of this section,”;

(b) by omitting from sub-section (5.) the words “subject to the next succeeding sub-section” and inserting in their stead the words “subject to the next two succeeding sub-sections”; and

(c) by adding at the end thereof the following sub-section:—

“(7.) A dividend payable to a creditor under this section may be paid, and a statement to be sent to a creditor under subsection (5.) of this section may be sent, to a person authorized in writing by the creditor to receive the dividend.”.

Stamp duty not payable on trustee’s cheques or receipts.

9.  Section 311 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting from paragraph (d) of sub-section (1.) the words “under Part IX.” and inserting in their stead the words “under Part X.”.