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Wednesday, 27 July 1904

Debate resumed from 26th July (vide page 3525) on motion by Mr. Batchelor, as amended -

1.   That this House do at its next sitting proceed to determine the opinion of members as to the district in New South Wales in which the Seat of Government of the Commonwealth should be situated.

2.   That the selection be made from among the districts mentioned in the Schedule hereto.

3.   That the following be the method of selec tion, and that so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would preveut the House from adopting such method : -

An open exhaustive ballot shall be taken without debate in the following manner : -

(a)   Ballot papers shall be distributed to honorable members, containing the names of the sites mentioned in the Schedule hereto.

(b)   Members shall place a cross opposite the name of the site for which they desire to vote, and shall sign the paper.

(c)   The ballot-papers shall then be examined by the Clerk.

(d)   If, on the first examination, any site proves to have received an absolute majority of votes, the Speaker shall report the name of such site to the House, and such site shall be deemed to be the one preferred by honorable members.

(e)   If no site receives an absolute majority of votes, then the name of the site receiving the smallest number of votes shall be reported to the House and shall be struck out.

(f)   If any two of the sites should receive an equal number of votes, such number of votes being the smallest, then the House shall ascertain in the customary manner which of such sites should, in the opinion of honorable members, be further ballotted for, and the name of the other shall bt struck out.

(g)   A further ballot shall then be taken on the names of the remaining sites, and the name of the site receiving the majority of votes shall be reported to the House by the Speaker, and such site shall be deemed to be the site preferred by honorable members.

(h)   The total number of votes given for each site shall be reported to the House after each ballot.

(i)   The House shall thereupon resolve itself into a Committee of the whole on the Bill.

Schedule.

Southern District (comprising an area of l"and within a radius of fifty miles from Batlow).

South-Eastern District (comprising an area of land witEin a radius of fifty miles from Bombala).

Western District (comprising an area of land within a radius of fifty miles from Lyndhurst).

Mr. WATSON(Bland- TreasurerWhen we adjourned last evening, I indicated that we, should consider the advisability of re-presenting the course suggested by the Government in connexion with the voting on the Capital Sites. The impression on my mind was that, in Connexion with the vote taken last evening on the amendment of the honorable member for Gwydir, some honorable members may not have thought that the issue was particularly clear that the apparent matter for decision was whether, or not, a fifty-mile radius from a given point should be described. That has been "agreed to by the House, but it seems to the Government that, at least, we can arrive at 9. decision with respect to that starting point in each of the districts before the other vote on the districts themselves is taken. For instance, undef the suggestion I am now putting forward, we should, before proceeding to a ballot in regard to the districts, decide which site in a given district should form the centre of the radial area of fifty miles.


Mr Austin Chapman - That is what we decided against last night.







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