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SJ No 3 - 21 May 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

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No. 3.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

TUESDAY, 21st MAY, 1901.

1. M eeting of S enate.—The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

2. P etition.—Senator Walker presented a Petition (No. 1) from the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New South Wales, in favour of opening the proceedings of the Senate with daily prayer. Petition received and read.

3. Commission to S wear.—The President laid on the Table a Commission under the hand and seal of the Governor-General authorizing him to administer the Oath to such Senators as have not already taken and subscribed the same since their election to the Senate. Commission read by the Clerk.

4. P ostponement of B usiness.—Senator O’Connor moved, That Notices of Motion Nos. 1 to 4 be made Orders of the Day for to-morrow. Delate ensued. Question—put and passed.

5. A ddress in R eply.—Senator Fraser, Chairman of the Committee appointed to prepare an Address in Reply to His Excellency’s Opening Speech, according to Order brought up> the Report. Report read by the Clerk.

To H is Excellency the lliylil Honorable the Earl o f Ilopetoun, a Member o f IHs Majesty's Most Honorable P rivy Council, Knight o f the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order o f the Thistle, Knight Grand Cross o f the Most Distinguished Order o f Saint Michael and Saint George, Knight Grand Cross o f the Royal Victorian Order, Governor-General and

Commander-in-Chief o f the Commonwealth o f Australia.

M ay it P lease Y our E xcellency :

We, the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia, in Parliament assembled, beg to express our loyalty to Our Most Gracious Sovereign, and to thank Your Excellency for the Speech which you have been pleased to address to Parliament.

Senator Fraser moved, That the Address in Reply be adopted. Debate ensued.

6. Suspension of Sitting.—A t 6.28 p.m. the sitting of the Senate was suspended until 7.30 p.m.

7. R esumption of Sitting.—A t 7.30 p.m. the sitting of the Senate was resumed.

8. A ddress in R eply.—Debate on the question interrupted by the suspension of the sitting resumed— Senator Millen moved an amendment, viz., to add to the Question— “ But while fully concurring in the proposal for the gradual reduction and ultimate relinquish­ ment of the Kanaka labour at present within the Commonwealth are of opinion that the

further importation of such labour should be at once prohibited.” Debate continued. On the motion of Senator O’Connor the debate was adjourned until to-morrow.

9. N ext M eeting of the Senate.—Ordered that the Senate at its rising adjourn until to-morrow at half­ past two p.m.

10. A djournment.—The Senate adjourned at ten p.m. till to-morrow at half-past two p.m.

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