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THE PROCEEDINGS

OF THE

FEDERATION CONFERENCE, 1890.

HELD IN THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE, MELBOURNE.

No. 3.

MONDAY, 10TH FEBRUARY, 1890.

Present:

New South Wales The Honorable Sir HENRY PARKES, G.C.M.G., " WILLIAM MCMILLAN.

New Zealand The Honorable Captain WILLIAM RUSSELL RUSSELL, " Sir JOHN HALL, K.C.M.G.

Queensland The Honorable Sir SAMUEL WALKER GRIFFITH, K.C.M.G., " JOHN MURTAGH MACROSSAN.

South Australia The Honorable JOHN ALEXANDER COCKBURN, M.D., “ THOMAS PLAYFORD.

Tasmania The Honorable ANDREW INGLIS CLARK, " BOLTON STAFFORD BIRD.

Victoria The Honorable DUNCAN GILLIES, " ALFRED DEAKIN.

Western Australia The Honorable Sir JAMES GEORGE LEE STEERE.

The PRESIDENT took the Chair.

FEDERATION OF THE COLONIES.

Sir HENRY PARKES moved, That, in the opinion of this Conference, the best interests and the present and future prosperity of the Australasian Colonies will be promoted by an early union under the Crown, and, while fully recognising the valuable services of the Members of the Convention of 1883 in founding the Federal Council, it declares its opinion that the seven years which have since elapsed have developed the national life of Australasia in population, in wealth, in the discovery of resources, and in self governing capacity to an extent which justifies the higher act, at all times contemplated, of the union of these Colonies, under one legislative and executive Government, on principles just to the several Colonies.

Mr. DEAKIN seconded the motion.

Sir SAMUEL GRIFFITH addressed the Conference.

Mr. PLAYFORD addressed the Conference.

Mr. DEAKIN addressed the Conference.

Mr. CLARK moved, That the debate be now adjourned.

The question was put and carried.

ADJOURNMENT.

Mr. DEAKIN moved, That the Conference do now adjourn until to-morrow.

The question was put and carried.

And then the Conference, at forty-five minutes past five o'clock, adjourned.

D. GILLIES, President.

GEORGE H. JENKINS, Secretary to the Federation Conference.