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SJ No 43 - 22 August 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

No. 43.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

T H U R SD A Y , 22nd A U G U ST, 1901.

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

2. PRAYERS.

3. P arliamentary B uildings Occupancy.—Senator Lieut.-Col. Neild, pursuant to notice, asked the Vice-President of the Executive Council— 1. Has any agreement been entered into between the State Government and the Common­ wealth Government for the occupancy by the Federal Parliament of the Parliamentary

Buildings, Spring-street. 2. Is it a fact that the negotiations for such occupancy have fallen through.

The Vice-President of the Executive Council replied— The negotiations have certainly not fallen through. The matter is still the subject of correspond­ ence between the respective Governments. In the meantime the members of this Parliament are not suffering any inconvenience, and there is no suggestion whatever of any cessation of the

present occupancy.

4. E lectoral B ill.—Senator Staniforth Smith, pursuant to notice, asked the Vice-President of the Executive Council is it the intention of the Government to bring in an Electoral Bill this Session ; and if so, when.

The Vice-President of the Executive Council replied—-The Bill is prepared, but it will depend upon the state of public business whether it can be passed during the present Session.

5. Government B usiness : P recedence on F ridays.—The Vice-President of the Executive Council, pursuant to notice, moved, That so much of the Sessional Order of 5th June as gives precedence to Private Business on Fridays be repealed, and that on Friday next, and on each succeeding Friday, Government Business take precedence of all other business, except Questions and Formal Business, till otherwise ordered. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed,

6. Customs B ill.— The Senate, according to,, Order, resolved itself into a Committee for the further consideration of the Customs Bill.

In the Committee,

Clause 122 read. Senator Major Gould moved an amendment, viz., to leave out all the words after “ tonnage” in last line of the clause.

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Question—That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the clause—put. Committee divided.

Ayes, 16.

Lieut.-Col. Cameron Mr. Clemons De Largie Dobson

Drake Glassey Keating McGregor O’Connor O’Keefe

Pearce Playford

Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood Mr. Stewart Sir W. A. Zeal.

Noes, 7.

Mr. Charleston Macfarlane Millen Pulsford

Smith Walker.

Teller.

Major Gould.

Teller.

Mr. Barrett.

Clauses 122 and 123 agreed to. Clause 124 amended and agreed to. Clause 125 agreed to. Clause 126 read.

7. S uspension of Committee.— A t half-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. Customs B ill.—Clause 126 further considered. Senator Major Gould moved an amendment, viz., after “ Commonwealth,” in line 1, to insert" or of any State.” Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put. Committee divided.

Ayes, 6.

Mr. Macfarlane Millen Pulsford Stewart Walker.

Teller.

Major Gould.

Noes, 16.

Mr. Barrett Lieut.-Col. Cameron Mr. Charleston Clemons

De Largie Dobson Drake Glassey McGregor

O’Connor Pearce Playford Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood Mr. Smith. Sir W. A. Zeal.

Teller.

Mr. Keating.

Clause 126 agreed to. Clauses 127-134 agreed to. Clause 135 read. Senator Charleston moved an amendment, viz., to add a new sub-section, viz.:—

“ (3) When the complete goods are free of duty th'e parts of such goods shall also be free.” Question—That the words proposed to be added be added—put. Committee divided. Ayes, 10.

Mr. Clemons Major Gould Mr. Macfarlane Millen

Pearce

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

Teller.

Noes, 11.

Mr. Barrett De Largie Dobson Drake Glassey

Keating McGregor O’Connor O’Keefe Playford.

Mr. Charleston.

Teller.

Lieut.-Col. Cameron.

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Clauses 135 agreed to. Clause 136 amended and agreed to. Clauses 137-143 agreed to. Clause 144 amended and agreed to.

Clause 145 agreed to. Clause 146 amended and agreed to. Clauses 147 and 148 agreed to. To report progress and ask leave to sit again. The President resumed the C hair; and Mr. Dobson, 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.

10. A djournment.— The Senate adjourned at ten minutes past ten p.m. till to-morrow at half-past ten a.m.

11. A ttendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Best (on leave), Dawson (on leave), Ewing, Ferguson (on leave), Fraser, Harney (on leave), Higgs (on leave), Matheson (on leave), Styles (on leave), and Sir J. H. Syrnon.

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments.

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