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SJ No 27 - 17 July 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

No 27.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

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WEDNESDAY, 17th JULY, 1901.

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

2. PRAYERS. .

3. Cost of “ H ansard”; P arliamentary B uildings L ighting, etc.; Sessional A ttendants.—Senator Stewart, pursuant to notice, asked the Vice-President of the Executive Council— 1. The average weekly cost of printing Hansard to date. 2. The average weekly cost of lighting and heating the Parliamentary Buildings to date.

3. The average weekly cost of extra attendants owing to Parliament being in session.

The Vice-President of the Executive Council replied :— 1. The average weekly cost of printing Hansard to date (proof and final editions) is £302. 2. The average weekly cost of heating and lighting the Parliamentary Buildings for the

months of May and June is £57 Is. 3. The average weekly cost of extra attendants owing to Parliament being in session is £37 per week, being the wages of sessional hands employed in the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Refreshment Room.

4. P ostponement of B usiness.—Ordered, that the consideration of the Report of the Elections and Qualifications Committee be an Order of the Day for Wednesday n ex t; and that Order of the Day Ho. 1 be postponed until after the consideration of Order of the Day No. 2.

5. 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 89 further considered. Senator Sir F. T. Sargood moved an amendment, viz., to add a new sub-section to follow sub­ section (2), “ telegrams shall be transmitted by the route prescribed by the sender at the tariff for that route.”

Question—That the proposed sub-section be inserted in the clause—put. Committee divided— Ayes, 9. Sir R. C. Baker

Mr. Charleston Clemons Sir J. W. Downer Major Gould Mr. Millen,

Playford

Mr. Walker.

Teller.

Sir F. T. Sargood.

Noes, 16.

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

Dobson Drake Ferguson Harney

McGregor O’Connor O’Keefe

Pearce Smith Stewart

Sir W. A. Zeal.

Clause 89 agreed to.

Teller.

Mr. Keating.

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Clause 90 agreed to. New Clause 77a inserted to follow Clause 77. New Clause 41a inserted to follow Clause 41. Title agreed to.

Bill to be reported with amendments. The President resumed the Chair; and Mr. Best, from the Committee, reported that the Com­ mittee had considered the Bill, and had agreed to the same with amendments. Ordered—That the Bill as reported be considered to-morrow.

fi. S ervice and E xecution of P rocess B ill.—On the Order of the Day being read for the third reading of the Service and Execution of Process Bill— Ordered—That the Bill be recommitted for the reconsideration of Clause 10 and the insertion of a new Clause. The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee for the reconsideration of Clause 10

and the insertion of a new clause. In the Committee,

Clause 10 reconsidered and amended. New Clause 23a inserted to follow Clause 23. Bill to be reported with further amendments. The President resumed the Chair; and Mr. Best, from the Committee, reported that the Committee

had reconsidered the Bill, and had made further amendments. Ordered—That the Bill as reported a second time be considered to-morrow.

7. P roperty A cquisition B ill.—The Senate, according to order, resolved itself into a Committee for the further consideration of the Property Acquisition Bill.

In the Committee,

Clause 12 further considered. Amendment again proposed, viz., in line 3 of the clause to leave out “ publication ” and insert “ service” in lieu thereof.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Clause 12 amended and agreed to.

8. S uspension of Committee.— A t twenty-seven minutes past six p.m. the sitting of the Committee was suspended till half-past seven p.m.

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

10. P roperty A cquisition B ill.—Clause 13 amended and agreed to. Clause 14 amended and agreed to. Clause 15 agreed to. Clause 16 amended and agreed to. Clause 17 read. Senator Harney moved an amendment, viz., to leave out the second proviso. Question—That the proviso proposed to be left out stand part of the clause—put.

Committee divided—-Ayes, 18. Mr. Barrett. Best Lieut.-Col. Cameron Mr. Charleston

Clemons De Largie Dobson

Drake

Major Gould Mr. McGregor Millen O’Connor

O’Keefe Pearce Playford

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

Teller.

Mr. Keating.

Clause 17 agreed to. Clause 18 read. _

Senator Millen moved an amendment, viz. in line 9 of the clause to leave out “ three,” with a view to insert “ four ” in lieu thereof. To report progress, and ask leave to sit again. The President resumed the C hair; 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, 5.

Sir R. C. Baker Mr. Ferguson Stewart Walker.

Teller.

Mr. Harney

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11. M essage from the H ouse of R epresentatives.—The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read :— M r. P resident— Message No. 11.

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “ An Act for the Regulation o f the Public Service,” with which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. F. W. HOLDER, House of Representatives, Speaker.

Melbourne, 17th July, 1901.

12. P ublic S ervice B ill.—The Vice-President of the Executive Council moved—That the Public Service 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.

13. P aper.—The following Paper was laid on the Table by the Vice-President of the Executive Council, viz., Return to Order of the Senate of 14th June :— Particulars of the Election of Senators for New South Wales.

Ordered to be printed.

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

15. A ttendance.—Present, all the Senators except Senators Dawson, Ewing (on leave), Fraser, Glassey, Higgs, Macfarlane, Matheson, Lieut.-Col. Neild, Pulsford, Styles, and Sir J. H. Symon.

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

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