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SJ No 23 - 05 July 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

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No. 23.

FRIDAY, 5th JULY, 1901.

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

2. PRAYEliS.

3. T asmanian N ewspapers : T elegraph R ates.—Senator Keating, by leave of the Senate, and at the request of Senator O’Keefe, who was unavoidably absent, pursuant to notiee, asked the Postmaster- General whether, seeing that the newspapers of all the States of the Commonwealth, except Tasmania, are now placed on the same footing in having a uniform reduced rate for telegraphic messages of the proceedings of the Federal Parliament, he will take steps to at once place Tasmanian newspapers in the same position. The Postmaster-General replied—The Government have decided to convey such telegraphic messages

at a uniform rate over all Government lines throughout the Commonwealth; but it is not intended to send such messages over the lines of a private company at the expense of the Commonwealth.

4. D ivorce and M atrimonial Causes B ill.—Senator Dobson, pursuant to notice, moved, That he have leave to introduce a Bill for An Act to regulate Divorce and Matrimonial Causes within the Commonwealth. Question—put and passed.

5. K ing J ames I.— “ A r gus” L ibel.—Senator De Largie, pursuant to notice, moved, That, in the opinion of this Senate, the Argus newspaper having printed a foul libellous article on the memory of King James I., referring to that monarch as a “ fool and a blackleg,” the Postmaster-General should take steps to prevent the circulation of the said newspaper through the Post-office until the editor of the Argus has tendered ample apology to this Senate. Debate ensued. Senator Sir J. H. Symon moved, That the Senate do now divide, Question—put. The Senate divided—

Ayes, 19.

Mr. Best Charleston Clemons Dobson Drake Ferguson Fraser Glassey Major Gould Mr. Keating

Milieu

Lieut.-Col. Neild Mr. O’Connor Playford Pulsford

Smith

Sir J. H. Symon Mr. Walker.

Teller.

Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood.

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Noes, 6

Mr. Higgs McGregor O’Keefe Pearce Stewart.

Teller.

Mr. De Largie.

Main question—put. The Senate divided.

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Ayes, G.

Mr. Higgs McGregor O’Keefe Pearce

Stewart.

Teller.

Mr. De Largie.

Noes, 20.

Sir R. C. Baker Mr. Best Charleston Clemons

Dobson Drake Ferguson Fraser Glassey

Major Gould Mr. Keating Millen Lieut.-Col. Neild Mr. O’Connor

Playford Pulsford Smith

Sir J. H. Symon Mr. Walker.

And so it passed in the negative.

Teller.

Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood.

6. Commonwealth T erritory, E xtent of.— On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the question, That, in the opinion of the Senate, the territory acquired by the Common­ wealth for the seat of Government should contain an area of not less than one thousand square miles. Debate resumed. Question—put and negatived.

7. A ppointment of M embers of P arliament to Office.— On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the question, 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 resumed. Question—put. The Senate divided.

Ayes, 8.

Mr. Barrett De Largie McGregor Pearce

Smith Stewart

Sir W. A. Zeal.

Teller.

Mr. Higgs.

Noes, 18. Sir R. C. Baker Mr. Best Dobson Sir J. W. Downer Mr. Drake

Ferguson Fraser Glassey

Major Gould Mr. Harney Keating Millen

Lieut.-Col. Neild Mr. Playford Pulsford

Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood Mr. Walker.

And so it passed in the negative.

Teller.

Mr. Charleston,

8. 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 136 read.

9. Suspension of Committee.— At forty-five minutes past twelve p.m. the sitting of the Committee was suspended until two p.m.

10. R esumption of Committee.— A t two p.m. the sitting of the Committee was resumed.

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11. P ost and T elegraph B ill.— Clauses 136-141 agreed to. Clause 142 postponed. Clauses 143-148 agreed to. Clause 149 amended and agreed to.

Clause 150 amended and agreed to. Clauses 151-153 agreed to. Schedules agreed to. Postponed clause 15 amended.

Senator Glassey moved a further amendment, viz. :—To add to the clause— “ In all such contracts for the carriage of mails by sea there shall be inserted a term stipulating that the crew of any vessel employed in such carriage shall be white men.

To report progress and ask leave to sit again. The President resumed the Chair ; 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, and that the Bill as

amended be printed.

12. A djournment.—The Senate adjourned „t fifty-six minutes past three p.m. till Wednesday, 10th July, at half-past two p.m.

13. A ttendance.— Present, all the Members except Senators Lieut.-Col. Cameron, Dawson, Ewing, Macfarlane, Matheson, and Styles.

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments.

Printed and Published for the Government of the Commonwealth of A ustralia by Host. S. B rain, Government Printer for the State of Victoria.