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SJ No 32 - 26 July 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

No. 32.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

FRIDAY, 26t h JULY, 1901.

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

2. PRAYERS.

3. A rmy Service T ransport.—Senator Lieut.-Col. Neild, pursuant to notice, asked the Vice-President of the Executive Council what number of officers, men, horses, and vehicles constitute or belong to the Army Service Transport Corps of the New South Wales Defence Force. The Vice-President of the Executive Council replied—This information is being prepared, and I hope

to be able to furnish a statement giving the required details early next week.

4. Standing Orders Committee : P ower to Confer.—The Postmaster-General, by leave of the Senate, and at the request of Senator Best, who was unavoidably absent, pursuant to notice, moved, That the Standing Orders Committee have power to confer with the Standing Orders Committee of the House of Representatives with reference to the proposed new Standing Orders. Question—put and passed.

5. T asmania and A ustralia : Steam-sh ip Communication.— Senator K eating, pursuant to notice, moved, That, in the opinion of this Senate, it is desirable that a Royal Commission be forthwith appointed for the purpose of inquiring into and reporting to Parliament upon— 1. The advisableness of the Government of the Commonwealth taking measures to improve

the steam-ship communication between Tasmahia and the mainland of Australia. 2. The best means to adopt for such purpose. 3. The estimated cost involved in the adoption of such means.

Debate ensued. Senator Dobson moved an amendment, viz.:—In line 1, to leave out “ Royal Commission,” with a view to insert in lieu thereof “ Select Committee.” Debate continued.

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

6. P ostponement of B usiness.— Ordered— That the Orders of the Day be postponed until after the debate on the question before the Senate be disposed of.

7 Tasmania and A ustralia : Steam-sh ip Communication.— Debate on the question before the Senate, interrupted by the Orders of the Day being called on, resumed. Question—That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the question—put and negatived. Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put and passed. Question further amended consequentially by leaving out, in line 2, “ to Parliament.” Main Question, as amended—put and passed.

8. Suspension o f Sitting.—At fifty minutes past twelve p.m. the sitting of the Senate was suspended until two p.m.

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

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10. Select Committee : T asmania and A ustralia Steam-sh ip Communication.—The Senate, according to Resolution of this day, proceeded to ballot for a Select Committee for the purpose of inquiring into and reporting upon— 1. The advisableness of the Government of the Commonwealth taking measures to improve

the steam-ship communication between Tasmania and the mainland of Australia. 2. The best means to adopt for such purpose. 3. The estimated cost involved in the adoption of such means, when Senators Barrett, Drake, Macfarlane, Lieut.-Col. Neild, Pearce, Playford, and Keating (the

Mover) were appointed, with power to call for persons, papers, and records, and to report on Friday, 23rd August.

11. P ostponement of B usiness.—Ordered—That the Orders of the Day be postponed until after the consideration of Notice of Motion No. 3.

12. States : P opulation of.— Senator Pulsford, pursuant to notice, moved, That a return be prepared and laid on the Table of this House showing the population of each State as at the end of 1899, such return to be based on the Census results, the natural increase for the preceding fifteen months being deducted, together with the needful allowance for increase or decrease by immigration or emigration. Such return to include a calculation showing the quota and the number of members which each State would be entitled to send to the House of Representatives on such basis. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed.

13. P ostponement of B usiness.—Ordered—That Order of the Day No. 1 be an Order of the Day for this day week.

14. I nsurance : I ndustrial A ccidents.—On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the question—That, in the opinion of this Senate, it is desirable that State Insurance against Industrial Accidents should be established throughout the Commonwealth, Debate resumed. On motion of Senator Pearce the debate was adjourned until Friday next.

15. M essage from t h e H ouse of R epresentatives.—The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read :— M r. P resident— Message No. 13.

The House of Representatives requests that the Senate will give leave to Senator J. T. Walker to attend, if he think fit, to be examined as a witness, and give evidence before a Select Committee of the House of Representatives on Coinage. F. W. HOLDER,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Melbourne, 26th July, 1901. Ordered—That Senator J. T. Walker have leave to attend before the Select Committee of the House of Representatives on Coinage if he think fit.

16. P ostponement of B usiness.—Ordered—That Orders of the Day, Government Business, be Orders of the Day for Wednesday n ex t; and that Notice of Motion No. 4 be an Order of the Day for Friday next.

17. A djournment.—The Senate adjourned at thirty-five minutes past three p.m. till Wednesday, 31st July, at half-past two p.m.

18. A ttendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Best, Dawson, Ewing (on leave), Fraser, Glassey, Higgs, Matheson, Millen, and Styles.

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments

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