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Tuesday, 18 October 1904


Mr REID (East Sydney) (Minister of External Affairs.) - I may explain that this clause relates to the constitution of the Legislative Council.


Mr Robinson - I direct your attention, Mr. Chairman, to the fact that the- mace is on the table of the House.

The mace having been removed,


Mr REID - Under clause 21 there are six Executive Councillors provided for, and it is set out that all these Executive Councillors shall be members of the Legislative Council. There is a provision for nonofficial members of the Council, who are to be appointed in some sort of proportion to the number of the white resident population. The provision is -

So long as the white resident population is less ti an two thousand the number of non-official members shall be three; but when the white resident population is two thousand or more an additional non-official member shall be appointed for each one thousand of such population in excess of one thousand.

Provided that the total number of non-official members shall not exceed twelve.

That provides for a maximum of twelve non-official as against six official members of the Legislative Council.







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