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SJ No 76 - 22 November 1901



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C O M M O N W EA LTH O F A U S T R A L IA .

No. 7<3.

JOURNALS OF THE

F R ID A Y , 22nd N O V EM BER, 1901.

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

2. PRAYERS.

3. P etition.—Senator Charleston presented a Petition (No. 40) from two persons, being the Moderator and Clerk of the Presbytery of Adelaide, South Australia, praying the Senate to reject the Matrimonial Causes Bill.

Petition received.

4. P apers.—The Postmaster-General laid on the Table the following Papers, viz.

By command— I. Immigration and Postal Bills.—Correspondence between the British and Japanese Governments. Ordered to be printed.

II. Supply of Meat by Australia and New Zealand to Admiralty and War Office.

Ordered to be printed.

5. W ireless T elegraphy : T asmania and B ass Straits.—Senator Keating, pursuant to notice, asked the Postmaster-General— 1. Is it true, as reported in the Tasmanian press, that the Government of Tasmania has recently conceded or is about to concede to Lloyd’s Agency the right to instal a system

of wireless telegraphy between Tasmania and certain of the islands of Bass Straits. 2. Will the Postmaster-General cause to be laid upon the Table of this Senate full particulars of the nature and extent of the concessions referred to. 3. Is the Tasmanian Government acting in this matter with the knowledge and approval of

the Government of the Commonwealth, and, if not, will the Postmaster-General take steps to prevent the control of telegraphic communication between Tasmania and the islands referred to from being vested in private persons. The Postmaster-General replied— 1. The Postmaster-General is not aware that the Government of Tasmania have conceded or are about to concede to Lloyd’s Agency the right to instal a system of wireless telegraphy between Tasmania and certain islands of Bass Straits ; he is, however, making inquiries on the subject. 2. As stated in reply to question 1, the Postmaster-General is not in possession of any particulars of the concessions referred to. 3. The Postmaster-General is not aware that the Tasmanian Government have taken any action as reported in the Tasmanian press; if they have taken such action it has been without the knowledge and approval of the Government of the Commonwealth. Should it become necessary he will take steps to prevent the control of telegraphic communication passing into any unauthorized hands.

6. K anaka and W h ite P opulation : Mortality in Queensland.— Senator Glassey, by leave of the Senate, and at the request of Senator Dawson, who was unavoidably absent, pursuant to notice, moved, That a return be laid on the Table of the Senate showing the mortality of the kanaka population in the State of Queensland during the past ten years, also the mortality among the white population for the same period. Question—put and passed.

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7. P acific I sland L abourers B ill.—On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the question—That the Pacific Island Labourers Bill be now read a second time, Debate resumed.

8. Suspension of Sitting.—At fifty-five minutes past twelve p.m. the sitting of the Senate was susĀ­ pended until two p.m.

9. R esumption of Sitting.—At two p.m. the sitting of the Senate was resumed.

10. P acific I sland L abourers B ill.—Debate, interrupted by the suspension of the sitting, resumed. Debate resumed. Ordered—That the debate be adjourned until Wednesday next, and that Senator Fraser have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.

11. A djournment.— The Senate adjourned at twenty minutes past four p.m. till Wednesday, 27th November, at half-past two p.m.

12. A ttendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Sir John Downer, Ewing (on leave), Matheson, Lieut.-Col. Neild, O’Connor, Sir J. H. Symon, and Walker.

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments.

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. V