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SJ No 20 - 28 June 1901

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No. 20.


FRIDAY, 2 8 t h JUNE, 1901.

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

2. P rayers.

3. R ailway— L aunceston and Z eehan.—Senator Keating, pursuant to notice, asked the Postmaster-General in view of the fact that uninterrupted railway communication now exists between Launceston and the principal centres of population on the West Coast of Tasmania, will the Postmaster-General take immediate steps to have a through day mail service established each way between Launceston and Zeehan.

The Postmaster-General replied—Inquiries are being made relative to the establishment of a through daily service each way between Launceston and Zeehan.

4. P ostponement of B usiness.—Ordered, That Notice of Motion No. 2 be postponed till after Notice of Motion No. 3 be disposed of.

5. Chairman of Committees’ R esignation.— The President acquainted the Senate that he had received a letter from Senator Dobson, which he read to the Senate, as follows, viz.:— The Hon. Sir R ichard B aker, President of the Senate.


It appears necessary that T should resign my office as temporary Chairman of Committees to enable the motion of Senator Sir John Downer, now on the notice paper, for the appointment of a permanent or sessional Chairman of Committees to be discussed. I have therefore the honour to request that you will inform the Senate that I hereby resign the office of temporary Chairman

of Committees. In order, however, to prevent inconvenience to the Senate, I desire that this, my resignation, shall only take effect from and immediately after the appointment of a permanent or sessional Chairman of Committees, in terms of Sir John Downer’s motion, or any amendment thereof. I take this opportunity of thanking the Members and the Officers of the Senate for the assistance which they have offered me in carrying out the duties of my temporary office.

I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient servant,


28th June, 1901.

6. Chairman of Committees— A ppointment of.—Senator Sir John Downer, pursuant to notice, moved, That Senator Robert Wallace Best be Chairman of Committees of the Senate during the present session, and until the end of the second week of next session. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed.

7. Commonwealth T erritory.—Senator Staniforth Smith, pursuant to notice, moved, That, in the opinion of the Senate, the territory acquired by the Commonwealth for the seat of Government should contain an area of not less than one thousand square miles. Debate ensued.

On the motion of Senator McGregor the debate was adjourned until Friday next.


8. R eynolds’ N ewspaper Suppression.— Senator Stewart, pursuant to notice, moved, That there be laid on the Table of the Senate— 1. Copies of all correspondence and documents in connexion with the suppression of Reynolds' Newspaper by the Victorian Government.

2. Copies of the alleged “ indecent advertisements ” on account of which the said suppres­ sion was ordered.

Debate ensued. I t being half-past twelve o’clock, the Orders of the Day were called on by the Clerk.

9. P ostponement of B usiness.-—Ordered—That the Orders of the Day be postponed till after the question before the Senate be disposed of.

10. R eynolds’ N ewspaper Suppression.—Debate on the question, interrupted by the Orders of the Day being called on, resumed, and the motion having been, by leave, amended, Question—That there be laid on the Table of the Senate copies of all correspondence and documents in the possession of the Government relating to Reynolds' Newspaper—put and passed.

11. P ostponement of B usiness.—Ordered, that Order of the Day No. 1 be an Order of the Day for Friday n e x t; and that Order of the Day No. 2 be an Order of the Day for this day four weeks.

12. A cts I nterpretation B ill.—The Chairman of Committees having certified that the fair print of the Acts Interpretation Bill was in accordance with the Bill as agreed to in Committee and reported, The Vice-President of the Executive Council, according to Order, moved, That the Bill be noiv read a

third time. Question—put and passed. Bill read a third time and passed.

13. Suspension of Sitting.·—A t one p.m. the sittin g of the S enate was suspended till tw o p.m.

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

15. 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,

Clauses 55-60 agreed to. Clause 61 postponed. Clauses 62-67 agreed to. Clause 68 amended and agreed to. Clauses 69-72 agreed to. Clause 73 postponed. Clauses 74-76 agreed to. Clause 77 read. To report progress, and ask leave to sit again. The President resumed the C hair; and Mr. Best, from the Committee, reported that the Committee

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.

16. A djournment.—The Senate adjourned at fifty-four minutes past three p.m. till Wednesday, 3rd July, at half-past twro p.m.

17. A ttendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Dawson, Gould, Macfarlane, Matheson, Millen, and Pulsford.

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments.

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