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SJ No 14 - 19 June 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

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No.jl4.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

WEDNESDAY, 19th JUNE, 1901.

1. Meeting of the Senate.—The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

2. Commonwealth L oans and “ T rustees’ Securities.”—Senator Walker, pursuant to notice, asked the Vice-President of the Executive Council, if not already done, is it the intention of the Govern­ ment to take the needful steps to have the Commonwealth Government Loans included in “ Trustees’ Securities ” in the United Kingdom, thereby securing a higher price for them than if not so included. The Postmaster-General replied—Yes.

3. T he N ew Tariff— Collection of D uties.—Senator Walker, by leave of the Senate, and at the request of Senator Pulsford, who was unavoidably absent, asked the Representative of the Government in the Senate, will the Government state whether under the words “ imposition of uniform duties,” in sections 90 and 92 of the Constitution Act, they intend to collect the proposed new duties from the time the proposed new Tariff is laid before the House of Representa­ tives, or what other course they will adopt. The Postmaster-General replied—The Government does not consider that this information should be

given at the present stage.

4. R otation of Senators.—Senator Walker, by leave of the Senate, and at the request of Senator Pulsford, who was unavoidably absent, pursuant to notice, asked the Representative of the Govern­ ment in the Senate, in view of the fact that section 13 of the Constitution Act provides that the question of the rotation of Senators shall be settled “ as soon as may be after the Senate first meets,” and that the Senate has already been in session for a month, will the Government forth­ with fix a day for dealing with the subject during next week. The Postmaster-General replied—This matter will be dealt with during the first week of July.

5. P ostal B ill— I nstruction to Committee.—The Postmaster-General, pursuant to notice, moved “ That it be an instruction to the Committee on the Post and Telegraph Bill that they have leave to amend the enacting words of the Bi 1 by leaving out “ Parliament ” and inserting in lieu thereof “ King’s Most Excellent Majesty and the Senate and the House of Representatives.” Debate ensued. Question—put and passed.

6. Messages from the H ouse of R epresentatives.—The following Messages from the House cf Representatives were received and read. Mr. P resident, The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “ An Act fo r the

Interpretation o f Acts of Parliament and for Shortening their Language,” with which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. F. W. HOLDER, Speaker.

House of Representatives, Melbourne, 13th June, 1901. M r. P resident, The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “ An Act to apply out o f the 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 which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

F. W. HOLDER,

House of Representatives Speaker.

Melbourne, 14th June, 1901.

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7. A cts I nterpretation B ill.— The Postmaster-General moved, That the Acts Interpretation Bill be now read a first time. Question—put and passed. Bill read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on Wednesday next.

8. Supply B ill (N o. 2).—The Postmaster-General moved, That the Supply Bill bo now read a first time. Question—put and passed. Bill read a first time. The Postmaster-General moved, That the Bill be printed and read a second time to-morrow. Debate ensued. A Question of Privilege being raised by Senator Ewing as to the inclusion of certain items in the

Bill as not proper to the ordinary expenditure of the year, and a debate arising thereon, And the further consideration of the Question of Privilege being postponed— Ordered—That the Bill be printed, and read a second time to-morrow.

9. P ost and T elegraph B ill.—The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee for the further consideration of the Postal and Telegraph Bill. In the Committee, Clauses 8 and 9 agreed to. Clause 10 read. Senator Pearce moved an amendment, viz., to add to the clause “ No person shall be so appointed

who is of a less age than thirteen years.” Question—That the words proposed to be added be added—put and negatived. Question—That clause 10 stand part of the Bill. Committee divided.

Ayes, 17.

Mr. Barrett Best Lieut.-Col. Cameron Mr. De Largie

Drake Ferguson Fraser Higgs Keating Macfarlane O’Keefe Pearce

Smith Stewart Styles

Sir W. A. Zeal.

Teller.

Licut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood.

Noes, 8.

Mr. Clemons Glassey McGregor

Lient.-Col. Neild Mr. Playford Sir J. H. Symon Mr. Walker.

Teller.

Mr. Charleston.

Clauses 11 and 12 agreed to. Clause 13 read. Senator Playford moved an amendment, viz., to leave out paragraph ( f ) . Question—That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the clause—put.

Committee divided—· Ayes, 13. Mr. Barrett Best Lieut.-Col. Cameron Mr. De Largie

Drake Ferguson Fraser Higgs Keating O’Keefe

Stewart

Sir W. A. Zeal.

Teller.

Mr. Pearce.

Clause 13 agreed to. Clause 14 agreed to. Clause 15 postponed. Clause 16 read.

10. Suspension or Committee.—A t half-past six p.m. half-past seven p.m.

Noes, 12.

Mr. Charleston Clemons Glassey Macfarlane McGregor Lieut.-Col. Neild Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood Mr. Smith

Styles

Sir J. H. Symon Mr. Walker.

Teller.

Mr. Playford.

the sitting of the Committee was suspended till

the sitting of the Committee was resumed. 11. R esumption of Committee.— A t half-past seven p.m.

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Clause 16 amended and agreed to. Clause 17 amended and agreed to. Clause 18 amended and agreed to. Clause 19 amended and agreed to.

Clause 20 agreed to. Clauses 21-24 agreed to. Clause 25 postponed. Clause 26 read. To report progress, and ask leave to sit again. The President resumed the Chair ; and Mr. Dobson, from the Committee, reported that the Com­

mittee had considered the Bill and had made progress, and asked leave to sit again. Ordered—That the Committee have leave to sit again to-morrow.

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

13. A ttendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Major Gould, Matheson, Milieu, O’Connor, and Pulsford.

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk oj the Parliaments.

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