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SJ No 13 - 14 June 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

No. 13.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

FRIDAY, 1 4 t h JU NE, 1 9 0 1 .

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

2. P etition.—Senator Walker presented a Petition (No. 4) from W. R. Poole, praying that each Session of the Senate and House of Representatives be opened with prayer. Petition received.

3. P rayers.—Senator Walker, pursuant to notice, moved, That it be an instruction to the Standing Orders Committee to frame a Standing Order providing that the proceedings of this Senate be opened daily with prayer. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed.

4. A ppointment of M embers of P arliament to Office.—Senator Higgs, pursuant to notice, moved, That, in the opinion of the Senate, no person, being a member of the Federal Parliament, or within twelve months of his ceasing to be a member, should be appointed to any office, the acceptance or holding of which would render him incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a member. Debate ensued. I t being half-past twelve o’clock, the Orders of the Day were called on by the Clerk.

5. P ostponement of B usiness.—Ordered that the Orders of the Day be postponed until the debate on the question before the Senate, and Notice of Motion No. 3, be disposed of.

6. A ppointment of M embers of P arliament to O ffice.—Debate, interrupted by the Orders of the Day being called on, resumed. On motion of Senator Charleston, the debate was adjourned until Friday next.

7. E lection of S enators, N ew South W ales.— Lieut.-Col. Neild, pursuant to notice, moved, That a Return be laid upon the Table by Ministers giving full particulars of the Election of Senators for New South Wales, and showing the number of Votes cast for every Candidate, and particulars of Informal Voting Papers and Informal Votes, with the final result of the election as officially declared by the Returning Officer. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed.

8. P ostponement of B usiness.—Ordered that Order of the Day No. 2 be an Order of the Day for Friday next.

9. Supply B ill—Suspension of Standing Orders.—On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the question, That the Standing Orders be suspended to enable the Supply Bill to pass through its remaining stages without delay—- Ordered—That the Order of the Day be discharged.

10. Supply B ill.— The Postmaster-General, according to Order, moved, That the Supply Bill be now read a second time. Debate ensued. Senator Fraser moved an amendment, viz. :—To leave out all the words after the word “ be ” with

a view to add “ returned to the House of Representatives with the following Message :— “ Mr. S peaker :

“ The Senate returns to the House of Representatives the Bill intituled ‘An Act to apply out of the Commonwealth Consolidated Revenue Fund the sum of Four hundred and ninety-one thousand eiyht hundred and eighty-two pounds to the service of the period ending the thirtieth day of June, One thousand nine hundred and one,’ with the respectful request that the House of Representatives will so amend the Bill that it may show the items of expenditure comprised in the sums which the Bill purports to grant to His Majesty.”

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Question —That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the question—put and negatived. Question—That the words proposed to be added be added—put and passed. Main question as amended, viz. :—That the Bill be returned to the House of Representatives with the following Message :—

Mr. S peakeb :

The Senate returns to the House of Representatives the Bill intituled “An Act to apply out of the Commonwealth Consolidated Revenue Fund the sum of Four hundred and ninety-one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two pounds to the service of the period ending the thirtieth day of June, One thousand nine hundred and- one,” - with the respectful request that the House of Representatives will so amend the Bill that it may show the items of expenditure comprised in the sums which the Bill purports to grant to His Majesty— P ut and passed.

10. Suspension of Sitting..—A t forty-eight minutes past twelve the sitting of the Senate was suspended till two o’clock.

11. R esumption of Sitting.—A t two p.m. the sitting of the Senate was resumed.

12. P ost and T elegraph B ill.—The Senate; according to Order,"resolved itself into a Committee for the further consideration of the Post and Telegraph Bill.

In the Committee— Clause 2 further considered, Amended and agreed to. Clauses 3 to 7 agreed to. . . . . . - .

To report progress and ask leave to sit again. The President resumed the C hair; and Mr. Dobson, from the Committee, reported that the ComĀ­ mittee had considered the Bill and had made progress, and asked leave to sit again. Ordered—That the Committee have leave to sit again on Wednesday next.

13. A djournment.—The Senate adjourned at .fifty-seven minutes past three till Wednesday, 19th June, at half-past two p.m.

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

E. G. B L A C K M O R E ,

Clerk of the Parliaments.

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