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SJ No 24 - 10 July 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

JOURNALS

No. 24.

OF THE SENATE.

WEDNESDAY, 1 0 t h JULY, 1901.

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

2. PRAYERS.

3. P etition.—Senator Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood presented a Petition (No. 13) from eleven persons, members of the Pastoralists Association of Victoria and Southern Riverina praying the Senate to exclude private telephones from the operation of the Post and Telegraph Bill. Petition received and read.

4. B ills— Clauses from A cts.—Senator Pulsford, pursuant to notice, asked the Vice-President of the Executive Council if the Government will arrange that in future all Bills containing clauses copied or adapted from Acts existing elsewhere be accompanied on interleaved pages with the exact clauses purporting to be copied or adapted ? The Vice-President of the Executive Council replied—This would be attended with difficulty and

much expense, and would, in most cases, serve no useful purpose.

5. Medals and D ecorations.—Senator Lieut.-Col. Neild, pursuant to notice, asked the Vice-President of the Executive Council— 1. Have the Long Service Medals for the Volunteer Forces of the Commonwealth been received from England ?

2. If so, when is it intended to distribute them? 3. Have the decorations for officers of the Auxiliary Forces been received from the Home Authorities 1 4. If so, when is it intended to distribute them ? The Vice-President of the Executive Council replied—■

1. None have been received for the Commonwealth. Some have been received from those States in which regulations have been approved by the Right Honorable the Secretary of State prior to the transfer of the Department to the Commonwealth Government, New South Wales among the number. 2. Some have been received and distributed, and others are ready for distribution, and will

be issued as soon as possible. 3. The same answer applies as to Question 1. 4. The same answer applies as to Question 2.

6. 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,

Postponed Clause 15 further considered. Amendment again proposed, 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.”

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Question—That the words proposed to be added be added—put. Committee divided—

Ayes, 9.

Mr. Barrett De Largie Glassey McGregor O’Keefe Pearce Playford

Stewart.

Teller.

Mr. Smith.

Noes, 17.

Mr. Best Charleston Clemons Dobson Sir J. W. Downer Mr. Drake

Fraser Macfarlane Lieut.-Col. Neild Mr. O’Connor

Pulsford

Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood. Mr. Styles Sir J. H. Symon Mr. Walker Sir W. A. Zeal.

Teller.

Mr. Harney.

Clause 15 agreed to. Postponed Clause 25 agreed to. Postponed Clause 26 further considered.

Amendment again proposed, viz., in paragraph (b) to leave out “ seven days” and insert “ one calendar month ” in lieu thereof.

7. Suspension of Committee.—At twenty-three minutes past six p.m. the sitting of the Committee was suspended until half-past seven p.m.

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

9. P ost and T elegraph B ill.—Postponed Clause 26 further considered. Question—That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the paragraph—put. Committee divided— Ayes, 9.

Mr. Dobson Sir J. W. Downer Mr. Drake Harney

O’Connor O’Keefe Pulsford

Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood

Teller.

Mr. Clemons.

Teller.

Mr. Keating]

Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put and passed. Clause 26 further amended and agreed to. Postponed Clause 61 amended and agreed to. Postponed Clause 73 amended and agreed to. Postponed Clauses 77 to 90 further postponed. Postponed Clause 118 amended and agreed to. Postponed Clause 124 agreed to. Postponed Clause 142 agreed to. Postponed Clause 77 amended and agreed to. Postponed Clause 78 amended and agreed to.

Postponed Clauses 79-83 agreed to. Postponed Clause 84 amended and agreed to. Postponed Clauses 85-88 agreed to. Postponed Clause 89 read. To report progress and ask leave to sit again.

The President resumed the Chair ; and Mr. Best, 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. .

Noes, 16.

Mr. Barrett Best Charleston De Largie Ferguson Fraser Glassey Macfarlane McGregor Lieut.-Col. Neild Mr. Pearce

Playford Smith Stewart Walker.

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10. M essage from the H ouse of R epresentatives—Supply B ill ( N o. 3).—The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read :—

M r. P resident, ' Message No. 10.

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “ vl?t Act to grant and apply out o f the Consolidated Revenue Fund the sum of One million ten thousand seven hundred and thirty-two pounds to the service of the year ending the thirtieth day of June, One thousand nine hundred and two," with which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

F. W. HOLDER, Speaker.

House of Representatives, Melbourne, 10th July, 1901.

The Vice-President of the Executive Council moved, That the Supply Bill (No. 3) be now read a first time. Question—put and passed. Bill read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

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

12. A ttendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Lieut.-Col. Cameron, Dawson, Ewing, Major Gould, Higgs, Matheson, Millen, and Styles.

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk o f the Parliaments.

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