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SJ No 73 - 15 November 1901

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No. 73.


FRIDAY, 15th NOVEMBER, 1901.

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


3. U nemployed in Commonwealth.—Senator Dawson, pursuant to notice, asked the Vice-President of the Executive Council if he would endeavour to ascertain an estimate of the number of unemployed in the Commonwealth who are not registered at any labour bureau.

The Vice-President of the Executive Council replied— Yes. Endeavours will be made to obtain this information.

4. 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.

5. Suspension of Sitting.—A t fifty-seven minutes past twelve p.m. the sitting of the Senate was suspended until two p.m.

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

7. I mmigration R estriction B ill.—Debate, interrupted by the suspension of the sitting, resumed. Question—That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the question—put and passed. Main 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,

Clauses 1 and 2 agreed to. Clause 3 postponed. 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 Bill and made progress, and asked leave to sit again. Ordered—That the Committee have leave to sit again on Wednesday next.

8. Message from the H ouse of R epresentatives P rinting Committee.—The following Message from the House of Representatives was received and read :— M r. P resident— Message No. 35.

In compliance with the request of the Senate, the House of Representatives has given leave to the Printing Committee of the House of Representatives to confer with the Printing Committee of the Senate. F. W. HOLDER, House of Representatives, Speaker.

Melbourne, 15th November, 1901.


9. P ostponment of B usiness.—Ordered—That Order of the Day No. 2 be an Order of the Day for Wednesday next.

10. U nemployed R egistered.— Senator Dawson, pursuant to notice, moved, That a Return be laid upon the Table of the Senate showing the number of unemployed registered at the different labour bureaux in the States of the Commonwealth on 30th June last,

Question—put and passed,

11. A djournment.— The Senate adjourned at forty-five minutes past three p.m. till Wednesday, 20th November, at half-past two p.m.

12. A ttendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Lieut.-Col. Cameron, Ewing (on leave), Major Gould, Matheson, Lieut.-Col. Neild, Sir J. H. Symon, Walker, and Sir W. A. Zeal.

E. G. BLACKMORE, Cerk of the Parliaments.

Printed and Published for the Government of the Commonweai/γη of A ustralia by Rom. S. Brain, Government Printer for the State of Victoria.