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SJ No 41 - 16 August 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

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No. 41.

JOURNALS OF TH E SENATE.

FRIDAY, 16th AUGUST, 1901.

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

2. PE,AYERS.

3. E xcise : T obacco, etc.— Senator Pulsford, pursuant to notice, asked the Vice-President of the Executive Council is it the intention of the Government, before the introduction of the Tariff, to bring in a Machinery Bill or Bills to deal with excise on tobacco and other commodities. The Vice-President of the Executive Council replied—Yes. The necessary leave has been already

obtained.

4. P ostponement of B usiness.—Ordered—That Notice of Motion No. 1 be postponed until after Orders of the Day—Private Business.

5. P arliamentary E vidence B ill.— Senator Lieut.-Col. Neild, according to Order, moved, That the Parliamentary Evidence Bill be now read a second time. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed. Bill read a second time. The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee,

Clause 1 read. To report progress and ask leave to sit again. The President resumed the Chair; and Mr. Dobson, 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 Friday, 6th September.

6. 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. On the motion of Senator Major Gould, the debate was adjourned until Friday, 6th September.

7. B ass’ Straits Submarine Cable.— On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the question, That, in the opinion of this Senate, the Government should forthwith acquire for the Commonwealth the ownership and control of the Bass’ Straits submarine telegraph cable— Debate resumed. Senator Macfarlane moved an amendment, viz., to leave out all the words after “ should,” in line 2,

with a view to add “ either lay down a second submarine telegraph cable between Tasmania and Australia or acquire on reasonable terms the ownership and control of the existing Bass’ Straits submarine telegraph cable.” Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Senator McGregor moved an amendment, viz., to leave out all the words after “ Senate,” in line 2,

with a view to add “ it is desirable that all means of telegraphic communication between Tasmania and the mainland of Australia should, as early as possible, be under the ownership and control of the Commonwealth.” Question—That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the question—put and negatived. Question—That the words proposed to be added be added—put and passed. Main question, as amended, put and passed.

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8, Old-age P ensions.—Senator Lieut.-Col. Neild, pursuant to notice, moved— 1. That, in the opinion of this Senate, it is desirable that a system of Old-age Pensions be established by the Commonwealth. 2. That the State Governments be invited to authorize the Treasurer of the Commonwealth to

deduct from the sums payable to the States under Section 87 of the Commonwealth Constitution Act the amounts required to provide such pensions. Notice being taken that a quorum of Members was not present, the President, standing up in his place, counted the Senate, and a quorum being present within two minutes— Debate, interrupted by notice of no quorum, resumed. I t being half-past twelve o’clock, the Orders of the Day were called on by the Clerk.

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

10. Old-age P ensions.—Debate on the question, interrupted by the Orders of the Day being called on, resumed. On the motion of the Postmaster-General the debate was adjourned until Friday, 6th September.

11. Suspension of S itting.—A t forty-five minutes past twelve p.m. the sitting of the Senate was suspended until two p.m.

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

13. P ublic Service B ill.—On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the question, That the Public Service Bill be now read a second time. Debate resumed. On the motion of Senator Major Gould the debate was adjourned until Wednesday next.

14. A djournment.—The Senate adjourned at forty-eight minutes past three p.m. till Wednesday, 21st August, at half-past two p.m.

15. A ttendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Best (on leave), Lieut.-Col. Cameron, Dawson (on leave), Ferguson (on leave), Fraser, Harney (on leave), Higgs (on leave), Matheson (on leave), Millen, O’Keefe, Pearce, Styles (on leave), and Sir J. H. Symon.

E G. BLACKMORE, Clerk o f the Parliaments.

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