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Wednesday, 6 December 1905

Senator O'KEEFE (Tasmania) - The Minister has said that he does not look upon the amendment as a serious one, because its mover has indicated that even if it be carried he intends to vote against the motion. Being in an entirely different position from Senator Henderson, but still seeing that there is some force in the amendment, I would suggest to the Minister that ft is worth considering.

Senator Playford - All right ! Let it go on the voices.

Senator O'KEEFE - I am not particularlywedded to three or six months, but I think we ought to fix a period within which the agreement shall be signed. I accept the assurance of the Minister that he will not oppose the amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Question, as amended, put. The Senate divided -

Ayes ... .... ... 12

Noes ... ... ... 10

Majority ... 2




Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Resolved -

1.   That the Senate ratifies an agreement entered into between the Government of the Commonwealth and the Eastern Extension Company, copy of which was laid on the Table of the Senate, 19th August, 1903; but only upon the following condition, namely : - That instead of article 25 of the agreement the following shall be article 25 thereof, that is to say - " This agreement shall be in substitution for the two agreements, and the provisional arrangement mentioned in the fourth recital of this agreement. This agreement shall expire on the thirtyfirst day of December, nineteen hundred and fifteen."

Provided, further, that the company shall within three months from the first day of January, nineteen hundred and six, execute the agreement asso amended.

2.   That the above resolution be communicated by message to the House of Representatives.

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