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SJ No 9 - 05 June 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

No. 0.

JO U R N A LS OF T H E SEN ATE.

WEDNESDAY, 5th JUNE, 1901

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

2. V otes at S enate E lections.—Senator Walker, pursuant to notice, moved, That a Return be laid upon the Table of the Senate showing— (a) The “ aggregate ” number of votes obtained “ by ” the first three Senators in each State at the election for Senators ;

(b) The aggregate number of votes obtained by the second three Senators in each State at the election for Senators. Debate ensued. Senator Sir John Downer moved an amendment, viz., to add a new paragraph—

“ (c) Also the expense incurred by each Senator in and about his return.” Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Senator Sir Josiah Syrnon moved an amendment, viz., in paragraph (a) to leave out the word “ aggregate,” and after “ by ” to insert “ each of.” Question—That the word proposed to be left out stand part of the paragraph—put and negatived. Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put and passed.

Paragraph ( h) consequentially amended. Senator Keating moved a further amendment, viz., to add a new paragraph— “ (c) And in the case of the election of Senators for Tasmania the number of primary votes received by each of the six Senators for that State.” Question—That the paragraph proposed to be added be added—put and passed. Main question, as amended, proposed.

Debate ensued. Senator Stewart moved an amendment, viz., to add a new paragraph— “ (d) The amount of money spent by each Senator in securing his return." Question—That the paragraph proposed to be added be added. The Senate divided—

Ayes, 13.

Mr. Barrett Best Charleston Dawson De Largie Sir .T. W. Downer Mr. Ewing

Glassev Higgs McGregor Pearce Styles.

Teller.

Mr. Stewart.

Noes, 17.

Sir R, C. Baker Mr. Clemons Dobson Drake

Ferguson

Major Gould M r. Harney Keating Macfarlane Lieut.-Col. Neild Mr. O’Keefe

Playford Smith

Sir J. H. Symon Mr. Walker Sir W. A. Zeal.

Teller.

Lieut.-Col. Sir l·'. T. Sargood.

And so it passed in the negative. Main Question, as amended—put and passed.

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3. P ost and T elegraph B ill.— The Postmaster-General (Senator Drake), pursuant to notice, moved, That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act relating to the Postal and Telegraphic Services of the Commonwealth. Question—put and passed. Bill presented and read a first time. The Postmaster-General moved, That the Bill be printed and read a second time to-morrow. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed.

4. D ays of M eeting.—The Postmaster-General, by leave of the Senate, and at the request of the Vice­ President of the Executive Council, who was unavoidably absent, pursuant to notice, moved, That the days of meeting of this Senate during the present Session be Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of each week, at the hour of half-past two o’clock in the “ afternoon,” unless otherwise ordered. Debate ensued. Senator Gould moved an amendment, viz., after “ afternoon,” in line 3, to insert “ of Wednesday and

Thursday, and at the hour of half-past ten o’clock in the forenoon of Friday.” Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put and passed. Main Question, as amended—put and passed.

5. Government B usiness : P recedence of.—The Postmaster-General, by leave of the Senate, and at the request of the Vice-President of the Executive Council, who was unavoidably absent, pursuant to notice, moved, That on Wednesday and Thursday, during the present Session, Government Business take precedence of all other business on the Notice-paper except “ Questions,” and that

Private Business take precedence of Government Business on Friday up to “ the dinner hour.” Debate ensued. Senator Lt.-Col. Neild moved an amendment, viz., after “ Questions,” in line 2, to insert “ and Formal Motions.” Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put and passed. Senator Walker moved a further amendment, viz., in line 3 to leave out “ the dinner hour. Question—That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the question—put. The Senate divided—

Ayes, l(i.

Sir B. C. Baker Mr. Barrett Dawson De Largie

Dobson Drake Ferguson Fraser Glassey Higgs McGregor Pearce Smith Stewart

Styles.

Teller.

Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood. And so it was resolved in the affirmative. Main question, as amended—put and passed.

6. Order of Government B usiness.—The Postmaster-General, by leave of the Senate, and at the request of the Vice-President of the Executive Council, who was unavoidably absent, pursuant to notice, moved, That the right be reserved to His Majesty’s Ministers of placing Government Business in the rotation in which it is to be taken. Question—put and passed.

7. Standing Orders.—The Postmaster-General, by leave of the Senate, and a t the request of the Vice-President of the Executive Council, who was unavoidably absent, pursuant to notice, moved, “ That” until the Senate shall have adopted Standing Orders, on the report of the Committee to be appointed to prepare them, the Draft Standing Orders laid on the Table of the Senate on the

23rd of May be temporarily adopted. Debate ensued. Senator Sir J. H. Symon moved an amendment, viz., after “ That ” to insert “ it be referred to a Committee consisting of the President and Senators Drake, Gould, McGregor, and Sir William

Zeal to inquire and report to the Senate to-morrow whether they recommend any and which Standing Orders now in force in either branch of any State Parliament with or without verbal modifications for temporary adoption by the Senate until it shall have adopted Standing Orders upon the report of a Committee to be appointed to prepare them.” Debate continued.

8. S uspension of S itting.— A t half-past six p.m. the sitting of the Senate was suspended.

9. R esumption of S itting.—A t half-past seven p.m. the sitting of the Senate was resumed.

10. Standing Orders.— Debate on the question interrupted by the suspension of the sitting—resumed

Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put and passed.

Noes, 15.

Mr. Best Charleston Clemons Sir J. W. Downer Mr. Ewing Major Gould Mr. Harney

Keating Macfarlane Lieut.-Col. Neild Mr. O’Keefe

Playford

Sir J. H. Symon Sir W. A. Zeal.

Teller.

Mr. Walker.

Question—That all the words in the original question after “ T h at” stand part of the question—put and negatived. Main question, as amended, proposed. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed.

11. Standing Orders Committee. - The Postmaster-General, by leave of the Senate, and at the request of the Vice-President of the Executive Council, who was unavoidably absent, pursuant to notice, having amended Notice of Motion No. 7, moved, That the Standing Orders Committee be appointed, consisting of the Honorable the President, the Chairman of Committees, Senators O’Connor, Gould, Sir John Downer, Sir W. A. Zeal, Dobson, Higgs, and H arney; five to be the quorum. Question—put and passed.

12. P ostponement of B usiness.—Ordered, That Notices of Motion Nos. 8, 9, and 10 be Notices of Motion for to-morrow, and Notice of Motion No. 11 be an Order of the Day for Wednesday, 12th June, and that Order of the Day No. 1 be an Order of the Day for Friday, 14th June, and Order of the Day No. 2 be an Order of the Day for to-morrow.

13. N ext M eeting of Senate.—Ordered, That the Senate at its rising adjourn until half-past two o’clock p.m. to-morrow.

14. A djournment.—The Senate adjourned at forty-eight minutes past nine p.m. till half-past two o’clock p.m. to-morrow.

15. A ttendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Lt.-Col. Cameron, Matheson, Milieu, O’Connor, and Pulsford.

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments.

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