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SJ No 72 - 14 November 1901

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No. 72.



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


3. P etition.— Senator Major Gould presented a Petition (No. 35) from the Standing Committee of the Synod of the Diocese of Goulburn, praying the Senate to refuse assent to the Matrimonial Causes Bill.

Petition received and read.

4. P aper.—The Postmaster-General laid on the Table the following Paper, viz.:— By Command :— Despatch from the Secretary of State, of 20th October, 1897, relating to attitude of Japan towards restrictive legislation as to coloured immigration : Telegram from Secretary of

State re Coloured Aliens Immigration Reserved Bill. Despatch re Sugar Works Guarantee Acts 1893 to 1895 Amendment Bill (Queensland).— Minute to Governor-General from Prime Minister.

Ordered to be printed.

6, State R ailways : A cquisition of.—Senator Keating, pursuant to notice, asked the Vice-President of the Executive Council whether the Government is taking any, and if so, what, steps to effectually determine to what extent, if any, the Commonwealth might with advantage exercise its powers of acquiring any of the railways of any of the States.

The Vice-President of the Executive Council replied— No steps have as yet been taken,

6. Swords : J apanese M anufacture.—Senator Staniforth Smith, pursuant to notice, asked the Vice­ President of the Executive Council if it be true that some of the swords used by the Australian Military Forces and Cadets are of Japanese manufacture, and if so how many.

The Vice-President of the Executive Council replied— In 1893 the Victorian Government imported from Japan, as a sample, some swords. Of these, 15 are in use by the infantry and 50 by cadet officers.

7. P rinting Committee : L eave to Confer.—Senator Styles, pursuant to notice, moved, That leave be given to the Printing Committee of the Senate to confer with the Printing Committee of the House of Representatives ; and that a Message be sent to the House of Representatives acquainting that House of such resolution, and requesting the House of Representatives to give similar leave to the Printing Committee of that House. Question—put and passed.


8. P aper.—The Vice-President of the Executive Council laid on the Table the following Paper, viz.:—

By Command :— Customs and Excise Revenue collected in the Commonwealth for the years 1899 and 1900. Ordered to be printed.

9. I mmigration R estriction B ill.—On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the question—That the Immigration Restriction Bill be now read a second time—to which an amendment had been proposed, viz:—To leave out all the words after “ That,” with a view to add “ While the Senate is of opinion that it is desirable that immigration to

Australia should be restricted to members of the white races, the provisions of the Immigration Restriction Bill do not commend themselves to the Senate as the best method for securing this object, while they are calculated to cause needless offence and embarrassment to those who are either our fellow subjects or the subjects of friendly nations, and to produce complications with the Imperial Government, who, by treaties or other arrangements, are best able to secure the object desired without disturbing friendly relations with other countries.” Debate resumed.

10. Suspension of Sitting.—At half-past six p.m. the sitting of the Senate was suspended until a quarter to eight p.m.

11. R esumption of Sitting.—At a quarter to eight p.m. the sitting of the Senate was resumed.

12. I mmigration R estriction B ill.—Debate on the question, interrupted by the suspension of the sitting, resumed. On the motion of Senator Stewart, the debate was adjourned till to-morrow.

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

14. A ttendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Lieut.-Col. Cameron, Ewing (on leave), Matheson, Lieut.-Col. Neild, Sir J. H. Syrnon, and Walker.

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments.

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