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SJ No 82 - 06 December 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF OUST LA LI A.

No. 82.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

FRIDAY, 6 t h DECEMBER, 1901.

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

2. PRAYERS.

3. L apsed B ills.—Senator Walker, pursuant to notice, asked the Vice-President of the Executive Council is it the intention of the Government to introduce this Session a Bill by which Bills introduced into Parliament may, in a subsequent Session of the same Parliament, be proceeded with at the stage they had reached before the end of a Parliamentary Session. The Vice-President of the Executive Council replied—This matter is provided for in the Draft

Standing Orders, in reference to which notice of a motion has been given to-day by me.

4. P ostal Department : South A ustralian I ncreases.—Senator McGregor, pursuant to notice, asked the Postmaster-General are there any officers in the Postal Department of South Australia, or of any other State, who are entitled by Regulation to periodical increases of salary ; if so, have these increases in all cases been allowed : if not, why not. The Postmaster-General replied—There are officers in the Postal Department in South Australia

and in some other States who are entitled, either by Statute or Regulation, to periodical increases in salary ; such increases have in all cases been allowed.

5. F ederal Capital : Site.—Senator Walker, pursuant to notice, moved, That there be laid upon the Table of the Senate a precis of all correspondence between the Government of New South Wales and the Government of the Commonwealth with reference to the proposed site for the Federal Capital. Question—put and passed.

6. I mmigration R estriction B ill.—The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee for the further consideration of the Immigration Restriction Bill. In the Committee, Clause 4 further considered. Amendment again proposed, viz. :—To insert in lieu of sub-clause (a)— “ Any person who is an abori­

ginal native of Asia or Africa, or of the islands thereof.” i

Senator Walker moved an amendment to the proposed amendment, viz. :—To leave out all the words after “ who,” with a view to insert in lieu thereof “ when asked to do so by an officer appointed under this Act shall fail to himself write out and sign in the characters of any language of Europe an application to the Minister in the form prescribed.”

Question—That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the proposed amendment—put. Committee divided. Ayes, 11. Senator Charleston

Dawson De Largie Glassey Major Gould Higgs McGregor

Pearce Stewart Sir J. H. Symon.

Teller.

Senator O’Keefe.

Noes, 12.

Senator Sir R. C. Baker Best Dobson Sir J. W. Downer Drake Keating Lieut.-Col. Neild O’Connor Playford Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood St.vles.

Teller.

Senator Macfarlane.

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Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put. Committee divided.

Ayes, 11.

Senator Sir R. C. Baker Best Sir J. W. Downer Drake Macfarlane Lieut.-Col. Neild O’Connor Playford Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood Styles.

Teller.

Senator Keating.

Noes, 12.

Senator Barrett Charleston Dawson Ferguson

Glassey Major Gould Higgs McGregor Pearce Stewart Sir J. H. Symon.

Teller.

Senator De Largie.

Proposed new sub-clause (a), as amended, agreed to. Sub-clauses (b~f) agreed to. Senator Pulsford moved a further amendment, viz., in sub-clause (g), after “ Commonwealth,” in line 2, to insert “ at wages below current rates.”

Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put and negatived. Sub-c'auses (g), (h), (i), ( j ) agreed to. Senator Macfarlane moved a further amendment, viz., in sub-clause (k), after “ person,” in line 6, to insert “ not being of European race or descent.” Question— That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put and negatived. Sub-clauses (k), (Z), (»i) agreed to. Senator Macfarlane moved a further amendment, viz., in sub-clause (n), line 2, to leave out

“ domiciled,” with a view to insert “ resident for at least two years.” Question—That the word proposed to be left out stand part of the sub-clause—put and passed. Clause -1, as amended, agreed to. Clauses 5-20 agreed to. First Schedule struck out. Second Schedule agreed to. Postponed clause 3 struck out.

7. Suspension of Committee.—A t fifty-eight minutes past twelve p.m. the sitting of the Committee was suspended until two p.m.

8. R esumption o f Committee.—A t two p.m. the sitting of the Committee was resumed.

9. I mmigration R estriction Bill.—Title agreed to. Ordered that clauses 4 and 18 be reconsidered. Clause 4 reconsidered. The Vice-President of the Executive Council moved an amendment, viz., in sub-clause (a) after

“ who ” in line 1, to insert “ when asked to do so by an officer fails to write out at dictation and sign in the presence of the officer a passage of fifty words in length in an European language, directed by the officer.” Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put. Committee divided.

Noes, 7.

Senator Ferguson Glassey Major Gould Macfarlane Lieut.-Col. Neild. Sir J. H. Symon.

Teller.

Senator Charleston.

Senator Charleston moved a further amendment, viz., to insert a new sub-clause, “ Any person who is an aboriginal native of Asia or Africa, or of the islands thereof.” Question—That the new sub-clause be inserted in the Bill—put.

Ayes, 18.

Senator Sir R. C. Baker Barrett Best Dawson

De Largie Sir J. W. Downer Drake

Keating McGregor O’Connor O’Keefe

Pearce Playford Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood Smith

Stewart .

Styles.

Teller.

Senator Higgs.

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Committee divided. Ayes, 6. Senator Ferguson Glassey

Major Gould Smith Sir J . H. Symon.

Teller.

Senator Charleston.

Noes, 17.

Senator Sir It . C. Baker Barrett Best Dawson De Largie Sir J. W. Downer Drake Higgs Keating McGregor O’Connor Pearce Playford Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood Stewart Styles.

Teller.

Senator O’Keefe.

Clause 4 further amended and agreed to Clause 18 reconsidered, amended, and agreed to. Bill to be reported with amendments. The President resumed the C hair; and Senator Best from the Committee reported accordingly.

The Vice-President of the Executive Council moved, That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Immigration Restriction Bill from passing through all its remaining stages without delay.

Question—put and passed. There being an absolute majority of the whole Members of the Senate present, and no dissentient voice, The Vice-President of the Executive Council moved, That the Report be adopted.

Question—put and passed. The Vice-President of the Executive Council moved, That the Bill be now read a third time. Question—put and passed. Bill read a third time and passed.

10. 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 No. 3G.

The House of Representatives returns to the Senate the Bill intituled “ A Bill fo r an Act to provide fo r the Acquisiton of Property fo r Public Purposes, fo r dealing with Property so acquired, and fo r other purposes connected therewith,” and acquaints the Senate that the House of Representatives does not insist on its amendments Nos. 5, 6, and 10, to which the Senate has

disagreed.

F. W. HOLDER,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Melbourne, 6th December, 1901.

11. P aper.—The Postmaster-General laid on the Table the following Paper, viz.:— By Command :— Copv of Correspondence relating to the erection of a new Post Office Building at Hobart, Tasmania. Ordered to be printed.

12. P acific I sland L abourers Bill.— The Chairman of Committees having certified that the fair print of the Pacific [Island Labourers Bill was in accordance with the Bill as agreed to in Committee and reported, The Postmaster-General, according to Order, moved, That the Bill be now read a third time. Question—put and passed. Bill read a third time and passed.

13. Adjournment.—The Senate adjourned at four p.m. till Wednesday, 11th December, at half-past two p.m.

II. A ttendance.— Present, all the Members except Senators Lieut.-Col. Cameron, Clemons, Ewing (on leave), Harney, Matheson (on leave), and Millen.

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments.

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