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SJ No 11 - 12 June 1901

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No. 11.


WEDNESDAY, 12th JUNE, 1901.

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

2. P etitions.— Senator Macfarlane presented a Petition (No. 2) from 1,7G5 Tasmanian citizens of the Australian Commonwealth, praying that the House will take steps to suppress and prevent the operations of the institution commonly called “ Tattersalls ” or any similar institution, and, in particular, to take steps to insure that the Post Office of the Commonwealth shall not be degraded into being a vehicle for facilitating the operations of gambling. . Petition received and read. Senator Macfarlane presented a similar Petition (No. 3) from 554 Tasmanian citizens of the

Australian Commonwealth. Petition received.

3. A ddress in R eply.—The Postmaster-General acquainted the Senate that His Excellency the Governor-General had appointed three o’clock this day to receive the Address in Reply.

4. E lections and Qualifications Committee.— The President, according to the resolution of the Senate of June 6th, laid on the Table his W arrant for the appointment of a Committee of Elections and Qualifications as follows:—■ Warrant appointing Committee of Elections and Qualifications.

P arliament of the Commonwealth of A ustralia.

The Senate.

In conformity with a Resolution adopted by this Honorable House on the sixth day of June, One thousand nine hundred and one, I do hereby appoint— Senator Hugh DeLargie, Senator Sir John William Downer, K.C.M.G.

Senator Simon Fraser, Senator Thomas Glassey, Senator James Macfarlane,

Senator Sir Josiah Henry Symon, K.C.M.G., and Senator James Thomas Walker, to be Members of a Committee to be called “ The Committee of Elections and Qualifications,” to inquire into and report on all questions respecting the qualification of any Member of, or any vacancy in, this House, and any question of a disputed election to this House, pursuant to the provisions of section forty-seven of The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act.

Given under my hand this twelfth day of June, One thousand nine hundred and one.

R. C. BAKER, President


5. I mmigration, J apan.—Senator Pulsford, pursuant to notice, asked the Postmaster-General— 1. Has the Government received any communication from the Consul of Japan on the subject of immigration. 2. If so, will the Government lay a copy of such communication on the Table of this House.

The Postmaster-General replied— 1. Yes. 2. Yes.

G. P aper.—The Postmaster-General laid on the Table the following Paper, viz.:—Correspondence re Japanese Immigration.

Ordered to be printed.

7. B ills, I ntroduction of.—Senator Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood, pursuant to notice, called the attention of the Postmaster-General to the fact that while thirteen Bills have been introduced in the House of Representatives by the Government, only two Bills have been introduced in the Senate; and to inquire whether some of the thirteen Bills could not have been introduced in the Senate, and thus insured the more rapid despatch of public business. The Postmaster-General replied—Every endeavour will be made to distribute the work of the two

Houses in such a manner as to keep this House busy.

8. A liens and W estern A ustralia.—Senator He Largie, pursuant to notice, asked the Postmaster-General— 1. Whether the Government are aware that, in reply to an influential deputation asking that steps be taken to prevent the influx of undesirable aliens into the State of Western

Australia, the Premier replied in the affirmative. 2, Whether the Bill now in preparation for dealing with immigration will be framed with a duo regard to the wishes of the people and Government of Western Australia.

The Postmaster-General replied— 1. Yes. 2. Yes.

9. P ostal, etc., Service— A ppointments to.—Senator Keating, pursuant to notice, asked the Post­ master-General—· 1. Is it true that in Tasmania, recently, ah applicant for a position in the postal service was officially informed by the Deputy Postmaster-General for that State that before

his application could be considered the applicant should produce a certificate of his having passed the fifth standard examination in a State School. 2. And are appointments to the Postal and Telegraphic Service of the Commonwealth being restricted to those only who have been educated in State Schools. The Postmaster-General replied—

1. The local regulation in force is that all applications for the position of messenger must be accompanied by a State School certificate that the applicant has passed the fifth standard; but for any applicants who have not attended State Schools special examinations have always been held. 2. No.

10. Suspension of Sitting.—A t fifty minutes past two o’clock the sitting of the Senate was suspended.

11. R esumption of Sitting.—A t fifteen minutes past three o’clock the sitting of the Senate was resumed.

12. A ddress in R eply.— The President acquainted the Senate that he had, this day, waited upon His Excellency the Governor-General, attended by certain members of the Senate, and had presented to him the Address of the Senate in reply to His Excellency’s Speech on the opening of Parliament agreed to on the 31st May last, and that his Excellency had been pleased to make the following reply:—

To the H onorable the P resident and M embers of the Senate of the Commonwealth of A ustralia.


I receive with much satisfaction your Reply to the Address delivered by me on the occasion of the Opening of the Parliament of The Commonwealth; and I note with pleasure your assurances of continued loyalty and devotion to The Throne and Person of His Majesty. I sincerely trust that the result of your deliberations may be found acceptable, and at the same time highly beneficial to all classes of the communities of The Commonwealth.

HOPETOUN, Governor- General.

13. P ost and T elegraph B ill.—On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the question—That the Post and Telegraph Bill be now read a second time— Debate resumed.

14. Suspension of Sitting.—A t half-past six p.m. the sitting of the Senate was suspended until half­ past seven p.m.

Ιό. R esumption of Sitting.—A t half-past seven p.m. the sitting of the Senate was resumed.


16. P ost and T elegraph B ill.—Debate, interrupted by the suspension of the sitting, resumed. On the motion of Senator Dawson, the debate was adjourned until to-morrow.

17. P aper.—The Postmaster-General laid on the Table the following Paper, by Command, viz.:— Instructions passed under the Royal Sign.Manual and Signet to the Governor-General and Com­ mander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth of Australia. "

Ordered to he printed.

18. P ostponement of B usiness.—Ordered, That Order of the Day No. 2 be an O rder of th e Day for to-morrow, and that Notice of Motion No. 1 be an Order of the Day for Friday next.

19. Correspondence— I mperial A uthorities with P rime M inister.—Senator Dobson, pursuant to notice, moved, That Ministers do lay upon the Table of the Senate copies of all correspond­ ence which has passed between the Prime Minister and the Imperial Authorities and the Governors and Premiers of each State, and which relates to any matter of public importance and is not confidential. Debate ensued. Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

20. Tasmanian E lection.—Senator Dobson, pursuant to notice, moved, That a Return be laid upon the Table by Ministers giving full particulars of the Election of Senators for Tasmania, and showing the number of Votes cast for every Candidate on each count, with the final result of the Election as published in the Mercury newspaper, with such corrections as the Returning Officer made in the figures before he officially declared the state of the Poll. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed.

21. A djournment o f Senate.—The Senate adjourned at forty-nine minutes past nine until to-morrow a t half-past tw o p.m.

22. A ttendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Lieut.-Col. Cameron, Clemons, Matlieson, Millen, O’Connor, and Styles.


E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments.

P arliament of the Commonwealth of A ustralia.


Select Committees.— First Session, 1901.

Standing Orders—(Appointed 5th June, 1901).—The President, Chairman of Committees, Senators Dobson, Sir John Downer, Gould, Harney, Higgs, O’Connor, and Sir W. A. Zeal. Five to be the quorum.

L ibrary—(Appointed 6th June, 1901).—The President, Senators De Largie, Drake, Keating, O’Connor, Sir F. T. Sargood, and Sir J . H. Symon.

H ouse—(Appointed 6th June, 1901).—-The President, Senators Cameron, Ewing, Ferguson, Fraser, Lieut.-Col. Neild, and Playford.

P rinting—(Appointed 6th June, 1901).—Senators Charleston, Clemons, Dawson, Pearce, Pulsford, and Styles. Four to be the quorum.

Printed and Published for the Government of the Commonwealth of A ustralia b y R obt. S. B rain, Government Printer for the State of Victoria.