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SJ No 83 - 11 December 1901

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


3. P etition.—The Postmaster-General presented a Petition (No. 43) from twenty-four persons resident in the State of Queensland, praying that the sale of all kinds of intoxicants in the Federal Capital may be placed under the exclusive control of the Commonwealth Government. Petition received.

4. Standing Orders.—The Postmaster-General, pursuant to notice, moved, That the Draft Standing Orders laid on the Table by the President on the 9th day of October last be the Temporary Standing Orders of the Senate until otherwise ordered; and that the Standing Orders temĀ­ porarily adopted on the 6th day of June last cease to be of force and effect. Senator Sir J. H. Symon moved, That the debate be now adjourned. Question—put. The Senate divided. And there being no Member on the side of the Noes, it was resolved in the affirmative. Ordered—That the adjourned debate be an Order of the Day for 22nd January.

5. P ost and T elegraph R ates B ill.—The Postmaster-General, according to Order, moved, That the Post and Telegraph Rates Bill be now read a second time. Debate ensued. 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 1-5 agreed to. Clause 6 amended and agreed to. Clause 7 agreed to. Clause 8 amended and agreed to. First Schedule read.

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

7. R esumption of Committee.—A t a quarter to eight p.m. the sitting of the Committee was resumed.

8. P ost and T elegraph R ates B ill.—First Schedule further considered. Senator Pulsford moved an amendment, viz., in first paragraph to leave out “ or returned by an agent or newsvendor to the publishing office.” Question—That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the question—put and passed.



Senator Fraser moved an amendment, viz., in second paragraph, in second column, to leave out “ eight” with a view to insert “ te n ” in lieu thereof. Question—That the word proposed to be left out stand part of the question—put. Committee divided.

Ayes, 18.

Senator Sir R. C. Baker Barrett Charleston Dawson De Largie Drake Glassey Keating

Macfarlane O’Keefe Pearce Playford

Pulsford Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood Smith Stewart Sir J. H. Symon.


Senator Higgs.

First Schedule agreed to. Second Schedule read. Senator Macfarlane moved an amendment, viz., to leave out “ On telegrams from or to Tasmania the charges to be those mentioned above with cable charges added.” Question—That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the question—-put. Committee divided.

Noes, 5.

Senator Best Dobson Styles Walker.


Senator Fraser.

Noes, 15.

Senator Barrett Best Dawson De Largie

Dobson Glassey Higgs Keating Macfarlane McGregor O’Keefe Pearce Stewart Walker


Senator Smith.

Second Schedule further amended and agreed to. Title agreed to. Bill to be reported with amendments. The President resumed the C hair; and Senator Best, from the Committee, reported that the ComĀ·

mittee had considered the Bill, and had agreed to the same with amendments. Ordered—That the Bill, as reported, be considered to-morrow.

0. A djournment.— The Senate adjourned at forty-five minutes past ten p.m. till to-morrow at half - past two p.m.

10. A ttendance.— Present, all the Members except Senators Lieut.-Col. Cameron, Clemons, Sir J. W Downer, Ewing (on leave), Harney, Matheson (on leave), Millen, Lieut.-Col. Neild, O’Connor, and Sir W. A. Zeal.

Ayes, 7.

Senator Sir R. C. Baker Drake Fraser Playford Styles Sir J. H. Symon.


Senator Charleston.

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments

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