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SJ No 55 - 19 September 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

No. 55.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

THURSDAY, 19th SEPTEMBER, 1901.

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

2. PRAYERS.

3. P apers.—The Postmaster-General laid on the table the following papers, viz.—-By Command— I. Defence Forces and Defences.—Memorandum by Defence Committee. Ordered to be printed.

TI. Maize : Quantity imported to and exported from each State past Three Years, &e. Ordered to be printed. III. Japanese, introduction into Northern Territory]: Correspondence. Ordered to be printed.

TV. Manufacturing Industries of the States : Statistics, Ordered to be printed. λ'. Kanakas : Exemption Tickets Granted to. Ordered to lie printed.

4. P ost O ffice, H obart.—Senator Macfarlane, pursuant to notice, asked the Postmaster-General if he approves of the plan and estimated cost to complete the new Post-office at H obart; and will he lay copies of any correspondence on the Table that has passed on the subject between the Govern­ ment and the Premier of Tasmania. The Postmaster-General replied— It is understood that this work is being undertaken by the Government of 'the State of Tasmania.

The Postmaster-General, therefore, has not examined the plans, or considered the estimated cost required to complete the building. The Postmaster-General is willing to lay the papers on the Table as soon as they can be prepared.

5. A siatics : E ducational T est.— Senator De Largie, pursuant to notice, asked the Vice-President of the Executive Council-—-1. How many Asiatics were examined and successfully passed the educational test clause of the West Australian Undesirable Emigrants Restriction Act during quarter ending June, 1901. 2. How many Asiatics were examined and failed to pass the educational test of the West

Australian Undesirable Emigrants Restriction Act during quarter ending June, 1901. 3. How many Asiatics have failed to pass the educational test clause of the West Australian Undesirable Emigrants Restriction Act since the Act came into operation.

The Vice-President of the Executive Council replied— The Honorable the Premier of Western Australia has been requested to be good enough to furnish the desired information.

6. N ew Z ealand: P recedence.— Senator Sir J. H. Symon, pursuant to notice, called the attention of the Honorable the Vice-President of the Executive Council to the question and the reply thereto appearing in the Journals of the Senate of Wednesday, 11th September, paragraph 6, under the heading “ New Zealand Precedence,” and asked—

1. Has the Right Honorable the Prime Minister been in communication or had correspon­ dence with the Right Honorable the Premier of New Zealand in relation to any question of precedence or to the order of precedence existing or proposed in that colony, or to any protests or objection by the Chief Justice of that colony with respect to such order of precedence or any question of precedence generally. 2. If so, is there any objection to lay the correspondence on the table of the Senate. The Vice-President of the Executive Council replied—■ The Right Honorable the Prime Minister has not officially or otherwise been in communication or

had correspondence with the Right Honorable the Premier of New Zealand in relation to precedence or any question or objections relating to precedence.

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7. P ostal D epartment, V icto r ia: A ttendance of E mployes.— Senator Pearce, pursuant to notice, moved, That a return he prepared and laid on the table of the Senate, showing the average attendances of male and female officers for the last six months in the Metropolitan District of the Post and Telegraph Department of the State of Victoria. Question—put and passed.

8. Governor-General’s M essage.—The Vice-President of the Executive Council communicated the following Message from His Excellency the Governor-General, which was received and read :— HOPETOUN, Governor-General. Message.

A Bill intituled “ An Act to provide fo r the recognition throughout the Commonwealth oj the Laws, the Public Acts and Records, and the Judicial Proceedings of the States,” as finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth, having been pre­ sented to the Governor-General for the Royal Assent, His Excellency has, in the name of His Majesty, assented to the said Act.

5th September, 1901.

9. P a p e r.—The Postmaster-General laid on the Table the following Paper, viz.:— Return to Order of the Senate of this day, 19th September, 1901 :— Postal Department, Victoria : Attendance of Employes.

10. P roperty A cquisition B ill.— Oil the Order of the Daj' being read for the consideration of the Property Acquisition Bill as reported a third time, Senator Sir J. H.-Symon moved, That the Bill be recommitted for the reconsideration of Clause 45. Debate ensued. Question—put. The Senate divided.

Ayes, 9.

Mr. Charleston Dobson Macfarlane Lieut.-Col. Neild M r. Playford Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood Sir J. H. Symon Mr. Walker.

Teller.

Mr. Smith.

And so it passed in the negative. Report adopted. Ordered—That the Bill be read a third time to-morrow.

Noes, 14.

Mr. Barrett Best Dawson De Largie Sir J. W. Downer Mr. Drake

Glassey Higgs McGregor O’Connor O’Keefe Pearce Stewart.

Teller.

Lieut.-Col. Cameron.

11. M essage from the H ouse of R epresentatives : S ervice and E xecution of P rocess B ill.— The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read:— M r. P r esid e n t, Message No. 18.

The House of Representatives returns to the Senate the Bill intituled “ An Act to provide fo r the. Service and Execution throughout the Common-wealth of the Civil and Criminal Process and the Judgments of the Courts of the States and of other parts of the Commonwealth, and fo r other purposes connected therewith,” and acquaints the Senate that it has agreed to the same

with amendments, with which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. F. W. HOLDER,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Melbourne, 19th September, 1901. Ordered—That the Message and amendments be printed and taken into consideration to-morrow.

12. P udlic S ervice B ill.— The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee for the further consideration of the Public Service Bill.

In the Committee,

Clause 5 further considered. Amendment again proposed, viz., to leave out, in lines 2 and 3, “ some fit and proper person to be Public Service Commissioner.”

13. S uspension of Committee.— A t half-past six p.m. the sittin g of the Com m ittee was suspended until half-past seven p.m.

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

15. Public S ervice B ill.— Clause 5 further considered.

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

Ayes, 12.

Mr. Best Sir J. W, Downer Mr. Drake Glassey

Higgs Keating O’Connor j

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

Teller.

Mr. Barrett. j

Senator Sir F. T. Sargood moved an amendment, viz., after “ Commissioner,” in line 38, to insert “ and may also appoint any two of the Permanent Heads of Departments mentioned in the Second Schedule to this Act who with the Commissioner shall be the Public Service Board. The Public Service Commissioner shall be the Chairman of the Board.” Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put. Committee divided.

Noes, 19.

Sir R. C. Baker Mr. Barrett Lieut.-Col. Cameron Mr. Charleston

De Largie Dobson Sir J. W. Downer Mr. Drake

Glassey Higgs McGregor O’Connor O'Keefe

Pearce Playford Smith Stewart

Sir J. H. Symon

Teller.

Mr. Keating.

To report progress, and ask leave to sit again. The President resumed the C hair; and Mr. Best, from the Committee, reported that 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.

16. M essage from the H ouse of R epresentatives.—The following Message from the Representatives was received and read :— M r. P resident,

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “ An Act relating to Distillation,” with which it desires the concurrence of the Senate. F. W. HOLDER, House of Representatives, Speaker.

Melbourne, 19 tlr September, 1901.

17. D istillation B ill.—The Vice-President of the Executive Council moved, That the Distillation Bill be now read a first time. Question—put and passed. Bill read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

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

19. A ttendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Clemons, Fraser (on leave), Major Gould, Harney (on leave), Matheson (on leave), Millen, Pulsford, and Styles (on leave).

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments.

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No. 19.

Ayes, 4.

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

Teller.

Lieut.-Col. Neild.

Noes, 11.

Sir R. C. Baker Lieut.-Col. Cameron Mr. Charleston Dobson

Ewing McGregor Lieut.-Col. Neild Mr. Pearce

Playford

Sir J. H. Symon

Teller.

Mr. De Largie.

Printed and Published for the Government of the Commonwealth of A ustralia by R obt. S. B rain, Government Printer for the State of Victoria.