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SJ No 61 - 03 October 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

No. 61.

THE SENATE.

THURSDAY, 3rd OCTOBER, 1901.

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

2. PRAYERS.

3. P etition.—Senator Lieut.-Col. Sir Frederick Sargood presented a Petition (No. 2-1) from 368 merchants, traders, firms, and corporations of the City of Melbourne and the Town of Geelong in reference to the Commonwealth entering into a contract with the Eastern Extension Australasian and China Telegraph Company. Petition received and read.

4. P etition.—Senator Charleston presented a Petition (No. 25) from the Right Reverend John Reginald Harrner, Bishop of Adelaide, on behalf of the Standing Committee of the Synod of the Church of England in the Diocese of Adelaide, praying the Senate to reject the Matrimonial Causes Bill. Petition received and read.

5. Suspension of Standing Orders.—The Vice-President of the Executive Council, by leave, moved, without notice, That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill relating to Excise from passing through all its remaining stages in the same sitting of the Senate. Question—put and passed.

6. E lections and Qualifications Committee— S pecial R eport.—Senator Sir John Downer, by leave, moved, without notice, That the Elections and Qualifications Committee have leave to bring up a Special Report. Question—put and passed.

Senator Sir John Downer, Chairman of the Elections and Qualifications Committee, brought up a Special Report from the Committee. Ordered to be printed and considered by the Senate on Wednesday next.

7. 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 relating to the Customs,’’ ns finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth, having been presented to the Governor- General for the Royal Assent, His Excellency has, in the name of His Majesty, assented to the said Act.

Government House, .

Melbourne, 3rd October, 1901.

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8. E xcise B ill.— On the Order of the Day being read for the consideration of the Excise Bill as reported, Ordered—That the Bill be recommitted for the insertion of a new clause to follow Clause 154. The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee for the reconsideration of the Bill.

In the Committee,

New Clause 154a inserted to follow Clause 154. Bill to be reported with further amendment. The President resumed the Chair ; and Senator Best, from the Committee, reported that the Committee had reconsidered the Bill, and had agreed to the same with further amendment. Report adopted. The Vice-President of the Executive Council moved, That this Bill be now read a third time. Question—put and passed. Bill read a third time and passed.

9. P ost and Telegraph B ill.— The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee for the consideration of Message No. 22 and the amendments of the House of Representatives in the Post and Telegraph Bill. In the Committee, Message read and considered. Resolved— That amendment No. 1 of the House of Representatives be agreed to. That the consideration of amendment No. 2 of the House of Representatives be postponed. That amendment No. 3 of the House of Representatives be agreed to. That amendment No. 4 of the House of Representatives be agreed to. That amendment No. 5 of the House of Representatives be agreed to. That amendment No. G of the House of Representatives be disagreed to. That amendment No. 7 of the House of Representatives be agreed to. The Postmaster-General moved, That amendment No. 8 of the House of Representatives be agreed to. Motion, by leave, withdrawn. Senator McGregor moved an amendment, viz., in line 3, to leave out “ s e v e n t e e n a n d insert

“ eighteen.' ’ Question -That the word proposed to be left out stand part of the amendment—put. Committee divided.

Ayes, 10.

Senator Barrett Best Dobson Drake Ferguson .

F raser O’Connor Lieut.-Col. Sir E. T. Sargood Sir W. A. Zeal.

Teller.

Senator Higgs.

Noes, 18.

Senator Lieut.-Col. Cameron Charleston Clemons Dawson De Largie Ewing Glassey Major Gould Macfarlane McGregor Lieut.-Col. Neild O’Keefe

Playford Pulsford Smith Sir J. H. Symon Walker.

Teller.

Senator Pearce

Question—That the word proposed to be inserted be so inserted—put and passed. Senator Walker moved a further amendment, to add at the end of the clause the words, “ but may, if eligible, be appointed to some other position in the public service.”

Question—That the words proposed to be added bo so added—put and passed. That amendment No. 8 of the House of Representatives, as amended, be agreed to. That amendment No. 9 of the House of Representatives be agreed to. The Postmaster-General moved, That amendment No. 10 of the House of Representatives be agreed to.

10. Suspension of Committee.—At twenty minutes past six p.m. the sitting of the Committee was suspended until half-past seven p.m.

11. R esumption of Committee.— At half-past seven p.m. the sitting of the Committee was resumed.

II. P ost and T elegraph B ill.—Amendment No. 10 of the House of Representatives further considered. Motion—That the amendment be agreed to, by leave, withdrawn. Senator Lieut.-Col. Neild moved an amendment, viz., in paragraph 2, line 1, after “ apply,'

to insert “ to agreements limited to single voyages nor.” To report progress and ask leave to sit again. The President resumed the Chair; and Senator Best, from the Committee, reported that the Com­ mittee had considered the amendments of the House of Representatives, and had made progress,

and asked leave to sit again. Ordered—That the Committee have leave to sit again to-morrow.

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13. Message from the H ouse of R epresentatives.—The following Message from the House of Repre­ sentatives was received and read :— Mr. P resident, Message I\T o. 21.

The House of Representatives returns to the Senate the Bill intituled “ An Act relating to Excise on Beer,” and acquaints the Senate that the House of Representatives has agreed to the amendments made by the Senate, with the exception of amendment No. 1"), as set forth in the annexed Schedule, and for the reason indicated in the said Schedule.

The House of Representatives desires the reconsideration by the Senate of the Bill in respect of the amendment disagreed to.

F. W. HOLDER,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Melbourne, 3rd October, 1901.

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Schedule of the A mendment made by the S enate in the “ E xcise on B eer B ill,” to which

the H ouse of R epresentatives has D isagreed.

No. 15.- -Page 7, clause 16, line 10, omit “ and the making of the beer.”

Benson of the House of Representatives fo r Disagreeing to the said Amendment of the Senate.

Because the provision proposed to be struck out is necessary for the protection of the revenue.

C. GAY AN DUFFY,

3rd October, 1901. Clerk of the House of Representatives.

Ordei ed—That the Message and amendment be printed and taken into consideration in Committee of the Whole to-morrow.

11. Message from the H ouse of R epresentatives.— The following Message from the House of Repre­ sentatives was received and read :— .

M r P resident, Message No. 25.

The House of Representatives returns to the Senate the Bill intituled “ An Act relatiny to Distillation,” and acquaints the Senate that the House of Representatives has agreed to the amendments made by the Senate with the exception of amendments Nos. 8, 19, and 20, as set forth in the annexed Schedule, and for the reasons indicated in the said Schedule.

The House of Representatives desires the reconsideration by the Senate of the Bill in respect of the amendments disagreed to.

F. W. HOLDER,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Melbourne, 3rd October, 1901.

S chedule of the A mendments made by the Senate in the “ D istillation B ill,” to which the

H ouse of R epresentatives has D isagreed.

No. 8. Page 11, clause 58, line 3, after “ spirit ” insert “ of a strength of at least thirty degrees above proof. ” No. 19.—Page 22, Third Schedule, Regulation No. 59, after “ direct,” in line 3, omit remainder of regulation. No. 20.—Page 22, Third Schedule, Regulation No. 60, after “ labels,” in line 2, omit remainder of

regulation.

Reasons of the House o f Representatives fo r Disagreeing to the said Amendments of the Senate.

As to Amendment No. 8 :— Because the amendment is unnecessary,

As to Amendments Nos. 19 and 20:— Because the information will he useful to the public, and no regulation need be made until foreign spirits have been treated in the same manner.

C. GAY AN DUFFY,

3rd October, IDOL Clerk of the House of Representatives.

Ordered-—That the Message and amendments be printed and taken into consideration in Committee of the Whole to morrow.

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15. M essage from tiie H ouse of R epresentatives.—The following Message from the House of Repre­ sentatives was received and read :— M r. P resident, Message No. 26.

The House of Representatives returns to the Senate the Bill intituled “ An Act to provide fo r the Service and Execution throughout the Commonwealth o f the Civil and Criminal Process and the Judgments of the Courts of the States and of other parts o f the Commonwealth, and fo r other purposes connected therewith,” and acquaints the Senate that the House of Representatives does

not insist on its amendments Nos. 5, 14, 35, 38, and 39, to which the Senate has disagreed.

F. W. HOLDER,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Melbourne, 3rd October, 1901.

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

17. A ttendance.— Present, all the Members, except Senators Harney, Matheson (on leave), Milieu, Stewart, and Styles.

C. B. BOYDELL, For Clerk of the Parliaments. ‘

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