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Thursday, 26 July 1906

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) - The new clause proposed by Senator Stewart is an excellent one so far as it goes, but I do not think that it goes far enough. The Bill, as it stands, provides for a residence in each of two of the States of the Commonwealth. Senator Stewart's amendment would provide for a residence in each of two other States, but there would still be two more States left out in the cold.

Senator Col Neild - What is wrong with British New Guinea?

Senator GIVENS - British New Guinea is not yet a State of the Commonwealth. I hope that it will by-and-bv rise to that dignity, and I trust that when that time arrives there will be no discrimination against it. I move, by 'way of amendment -

That the proposed new clause be amended by inserting after the word t; Tasmania," line 4, the words " South Australia and Western Australia."

Senator Findley - What is the object of the amendment? I understood that the honorable senator desired that New South Wales should be left out, and he is now proposing the insertion of other States.

Senator GIVENS - Because I do not believe that there should be any discrimination between one State and another in this matter. If at is right that there should be a residence provided for the GovernorGeneral in one State other than that in which the Seat of Government is for the time being situated, there should be such a residence provided in every other State. That is a right which should be specially recognised by the Senate. I desire that the Governor-General should be *at liberty to reside in any of the States. He has as good a right to go to Perth as to Sydney, and to go to Hobart as to stop in Melbourne.

Senator Walker - What about Papua?

Senator GIVENS - If the honorable senator were not so dense he would have understood my explanation that Papua has not yet risen to the dignity of a. State. I have said that I hope the time will come when it will rise to that dignity, and if I am alive then I shall be just as strongly opposed to any discrimination which would ignore its rights.

Senator Walker - It. is a Territory belonging to Australia.

Senator GIVENS - But it is not a State. If the Governor-General desired to go there for a couple of months now, I do not see why we should not provide a residence for him. When the opinion of the Committee is tested on my amendment,

Ave shall see whether honorable senators are as loyal as they profess to be to the Constitution, which provides that there shall not be any discrimination between State and State. Those who vote against my amendment will show that they desire that there shall be such a discrimination, which would be just as objectionable as a discrimination in a trade matter. They will show that they are prepared to single out one State for the enjoyment of a special distinction! and favour, which apparently they are not prepared to grant to every other State. This Parliament should not make any discrimination of that kind.

Senator Millen - I ask whether the new clause is in order, seeing that it will involve an additional burden on the taxpayers if it is adopted. The clause is one which, if carried, will entail a larger expense upon the Commonwealth than would be entailed by the "Bill if passed in its present form. In the circumstances, I think that it is not in order.

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