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SJ No 30 - 24 July 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OE AUSTRALIA.

JOURNALS

No. 30.

OF THE SENATE.

WEDNESDAY, 24th JULY, 1901.

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

2. PRAYERS.

3. P rivilege : E lections and Qualifications Committee R eport.—On the Order of the Day being read for the consideration of the Report of the Elections and Qualifications Committee (Petition against the return of Alexander Percival Matheson), and a Point of Order arising as to whether there was any Question before the Senate, no Notice of a specific Motion having been given as provided by Standing Order No. 374, The President ruled that the Senate having ordered the Report to be considered, it was competent

for any Member to move a Motion in connexion therewith. The Vice-President of the Executive Council moved, That in the opinion of the Senate the law does not prevent the Committee from entertaining the Petition, and that the Petition be referred back to the Committee for further inquiry and report. Debate ensued. Senator De Largie moved, That the debate be now adjourned. Question—put. The Senate divided.

Ayes, 10. Noes, 15.

Lieut.-Col. Cameron Mr. Charleston Dobson Drake

Ferguson Keating Macfarlane Millen Lieut.-Col. Neild Mr. O’Connor Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood Mr. Stewart

Walker

Sir W. A. Zeal.

Teller.

Sir J. W. Downer.

And so it passed in the negative. Debate continued.

Mr. Clemons Harney McGregor O’Keefe Pearce Playford Pulsford Smith Sir J. H. Symon.

Teller.

Mr. De Largie.

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4. Suspension of S itting.—A t twenty-seven minutes past six p.m. the sitting of the Senate was suspended until half-past seven p.m.

5, R esumption of S itting.—At half-past seven p.m. the sitting of the Senate was resumed.

6t P rivilege : E lections and Qualifications Committee R eport.—Debate interrupted by the suspension of the sitting resumed. Senator McGregor moved, That the debate be now adjourned. Question—put. The Senate divided,

Noes, 11.

Lieut.-Col. Cameron Mr. Charleston Dobson Sir J. W. Downer Mr. Drake

Ferguson Keating O’Connor

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

Teller.

Mr. Macfarlane.

Ordered—That the adjourned debate be an Order of the Day for to-morrow.

7. P ost and T elegraph B ill. —On the Order of the Day being read for the consideration of the Post and Telegraph Bill, as reported a second time, Ordered—That the Bill be recommitted for the reconsideration of Clause 79 and the enacting words. The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee for the reconsideration of the Bill.

In the Committee,

Clause 79 reconsidered, amended, and agreed to. The words of enactment amended and agreed to. 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 agreed to the same with further amendments. The Postmaster-General moved, That the Standing Orders be suspended to enable the Bill to pass through its remaining stages without delay. Question—put and passed, there being an absolute majority of the whole number of the Senators

present, and no dissentient voice. The Postmaster-General moved, That the Report be adopted. Question—put and passed. The Postmaster-General moved, That this Bill be now read a third time. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed. Bill read a third time - and passed.

8. A djournment.—-The Senate adjourned at fifty-five minutes past nine p.m. till to-morrow at half past two p.m.

9. A ttendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Barrett, Dawson, Ewing (on leave), Fraser, Glassey, Gould, Higgs, Matheson, and Styles.

E. G. BLACKMORE Clerk of the Pa/rliaments.

Ayes, 12.

Sir R. C. Baker Mr. Clemons' De Largie Harney

McGregor O’Keefe Playford Pulsford Smith

Stewart

Sir J. H. Symon.

Teller.

Mr] Pearce.

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

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