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Thursday, 2 November 1905

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - Since Senator Pulsford indicated the object which he has in view, I have consulted a precis of the Acts of the United Kingdom, and of the States of the Commonwealth, and find, as Senator Millen says, that in the United Kingdom census day for 1901 was fixed as the 31st March, and that in New South Wales the same day was fixed. I see that there is some force in the argument used by Senator Pulsford, but, in view of the fact that, in deference to the request of an honorable senator, the third reading of this Bill was adjourned until to-day, I, in assenting to its recommittal, would ask honorable senators to allow it to pass through its remaining stages to-day.




Question - That the Bill be recommitted for the reconsideration of clause 4 - resolved in the affirmative.

In Committee :

Clause 4 -

1.   The numbers of the people shall be ascertained as on enumeration day in accordance with the following provisions : -

(4)   In the case of an enumeration day not being a census day, allowances shall then be made, as prescribed in Schedule A or by the regulations, by adding the increases and deducting the decreases in those numbers arising from births, deaths, arrivals, and departures, during the period from the last census day up to and including the last quarter day before enumeration day.

Amendment (by Senator Pulsford) agreed to -

That the words " up to and including the last quarter before enumeration day " be left out.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported, with a further amendment.

Motion (by Senator Keating) agreed to-

That so much -of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Representation Bill from passing through its remaining stages without delay.

Report adopted.

Motion (by Senator Keating) proposed -

That the Bill be now read a third time.

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