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SJ No 84 - 12 December 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

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No. 84.

JO U R N A L S OF T H E SEN ATE.

THURSDAY, 12th DECEMBER, 1901.

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

2. PRAYERS.

3. P etition.—Senator Macfarlane presented a Petition (No. 45) from four members of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union of Tasmania praying the Senate to reject the Matrimonial Causes Bill. Petition received.

4. M essages from the H ouse of R epresentatives.—The following Messages from the House of Representatives were received and read :— Message No. 37. Mr. P resident,

The House of Representatives acquaints the Senate that it has agreed to the amend­ ments made by the Senate in the Bill intituled “ An Act to place certain restrictions on Immigra­ tion and to provide fo r the removal from the Commonwealth of prohibited Immigrants.” F. W. HOLDER,

Speaker.

House of Representatives, Melbourne, 12th December, 1901.

Message No. 38.

M r. P resident,

The House of Representatives acquaints the Senate that it has agreed to the amendments made by the Senate in the Bill intituled “ An Act to provide for the Regulation, Restriction, and Prohibition of the Introduction o f Labourers from the Pacific Islands a/nd fo r other purposes.” F. W. HOLDER,

Speaker.

House of Representatives, Melbourne, 12th December, 1901.

5. P ostal D epartment : Officers’ I ncreases.— Senator McGregor, pursuant to notice, asked the Post­ master-General have the officers in the Postal Department in South Australia and the other States to whom increases have been allowed received the said increases. The Postmaster-General replied— So far as the Postmaster-General is aware, the officers in the Postal Department of South Australia

who have statutory rights have received their increments. In the other States such increments cannot be paid until the Estimates on which they are shown have been passed by Parliament.

6. T asmania A ustralia Steam-sh ip Communication S elect Committee.— Senator Keating, pursuant to notice, moved, That the Tasmania Australia Steam-ship Communication Select Committee have power to adjourn its sittings from place to place during the period of the forthcoming Christmas adjournment of the Senate. Question—put and passed.

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7. Suspension of Standing Orders.—The Postmaster-General, pursuant to notice, moved, That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as will permit of a Bill· for an Act to make provision for the punishment of offences against the laws of the Commonwealth being passed through all its stages without delay. Question—put and passed.

8. P unishment of Offences B ill.—The Postmaster-General, pursuant to notice, moved, That leave be given to bring in a Bill for an Act to make provision for the punishment of offences against the laws of the Commonwealth. Question—put and passed. Bill presented and read a first time. The Postmaster-General moved, That the 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

Clause 1 agreed to. Clauses 2 and 3 amended and agreed to. Clause 4 agreed to. Title agreed to. Bill to be reported with amendments. The President resumed the C hair; and Senator Best, from the Committee, reported accordingly;

whereupon the Senate adopted such Report. The Postmaster-General moved, That the Bill be now read a third time. Question—put and passed. Bill read a third time and passed.

9. P ost and T elegraph R ates B ill.—On the Order of the Day being read for the consideration of the Post and Telegraph Rates Bill as reported. The Postmaster-General moved, That the Report be adopted Question—put and passed. Ordered—That the Bill be read a third time to-morrow.

10. P ublic Service B ill.—The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee for the further consideration of the Public Service Bill. ■

In the Committee,

Clause 21 read. Senator Glassey moved an amendment, viz., in sub-clause (2), after “ six months,” in line 2, to insert “ or more than twelve months.” Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put.

Committee divided.

Ayes, 10.

Senator Barrett De Largie Glassey McGregor O’Keefe Pearce Smith Stewart

Styles.

Teller.

Senator Higgs.

Clause 21 amended and agreed to. Clause 22 agreed to. Clause 23 amended and agreed to. Clause 24 agreed to.

Clause 25 read.

Noes 12.

Senator Best Charleston Drake Fraser Major Gould

Macfarlane Playford Pulsford

Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood Walker Sir W. A. Zeal.

Teller.

Senator Dobson.

11. Suspension of Committee.— A t twenty-two minutes past six p.m. the sitting of the Committee was suspended until a quarter to eight p.m.

12. R esumption of C ommittee.— At a quarter to eight p.m. the sitting of the Committee was resumed.

13. P ublic S ervice B ill.— Clause 25 further considered. The Postmaster-General moved an amendment, viz., to add to the clause, “ if by passing the prescribed examination or otherwise he satisfies the Commissioner that he is capable of doing the work of an office to which a salary of that amount is attached.”

Senator Dawson moved, That the Committee do now divide. Question—put.

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Committee divided.

Ayes, 12. Noes, 11.

Senator Barrett enator Sir R. C. Baker

Charleston Best

Dawson Dobson

De Largie Drake

Glassey Fraser

Keating Macfarlane

McGregor Playford

O’Keefe Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood

Pearce Stewart

Smith Walker.

Styles.

Teller.

Teller.

Senator Clemons.

Senator Higgs.

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

Ayes, 10. Noes, 12.

Senator Sir R. C. Baker . Senator Barrett

Best Charleston

Dobson Dawson

Drake De Largie

Fraser Glassey

Macfarlane Higgs

Playford McGregor

Lieut.-Col. Sir. F. T. Sargood O’Keefe

Walker. Pearce

Teller.

Stewart Styles.

Senator Clemons.

Teller.

Senator Smith.

Senator Clemons moved an amendment, viz., to add to the clause, “ Provided that such officer has been certified to by the Commissioner as being worth that salary.” Question—That the words proposed to be added be added—put. Committee divided.

Ayes, 7. Noes, 11.

Senator Sir R. C. Baker Senator Barrett

Best Dawson

Dobson De Largie

Drake Glassey

Macfarlane McGregor

Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood. O’Keefe

Teller. Pearce

Smith

Senator Clemons. - Stewart

Styles.

Teller.

Senator Keating.

Clause 25 agreed to. To report progress and ask leave to sit again. The President resumed the C hair; and Senator Best, from the Committee, reported that the Com­ mittee had considered the Bill and had made progress, and asked leave to sit again.

Ordered—That the Committee have leave to sit again to-morrow.

14. A djournment.—The Senate adjourned at forty-eight minutes past ten p.m. till to-morrow at half-past ten a.m.

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

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments.

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