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SJ No 85 - 13 December 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

No. 85.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

FRIDAY, 13th DECEMBER, 1901.

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

2. PRAYERS.

3. L eave of A bsence.—Senator Clemons, by leave of the Senate and without notice, moved, That leave of absence for six weeks be granted to Senator Lieut.-Col. Cameron, Senator Harney, and Senator Millen, on account of urgent private business. Question—put and passed.

4. P ostal D epartment : I ncreases.—Senator Keating, pursuant to notice, asked the Postmaster-General will he, before the distribution of the amounts to be provided for increases to salaries of certain deserving officers in his Department, inform this Senate as to the names, positions, and present salaries of the officers to whom it is proposed to grant such increases, and the amount of such contemplated increase in each case.

The Postmaster-General replied— All the information available will be given to the Members of the Senate who may desire it, but the Postmaster-General cannot place such information before the Senate, because after the money has been voted it will be necessary to obtain reports from the chief officers in each State, and probably

the approval of the Commissioner under the Public Service Act, before a final determination as to increases is arrived at.

5. Suspension of Standing Orders.—The Postmaster-General, pursuant to notice, moved, That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as will permit of the Supply Bill (No. 5), when received 1 from the House of llepresentatives, passing through all its stages without delay. Question—put and passed.

6. P ost and T elegraph R ates Bill.—The Chairman of Committees having certified that the fair print of the Post and Telegraph Rates 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.

Debate ensued. Question—put and passed. Bill read a third time and passed.

7. 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, Clauses 20-29 agreed to. Clause 30 amended and agreed to. Clauses 31 and 32 agreed to. Clause 33 amended.

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

9. R esumption of Committee.-—A t two p.m. the sitting of the Committee was resumed.

10. P ublic Service Bill.—Clause 33 further considered and agreed to. Clauses 34-39 agreed to. Clause 40 read. t Senator Sir F. T. Sargood moved an amendment, viz., in line 1, to leave out “ in the opinion of.”

Question—That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the clause—put.

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Committee divided. Ayes, 14.

Senator Barrett Charleston Dawson De Largie Drake Glassey Higgs McGregor Pearce Playford Stewart Styles Sir W. A. Zeal.

Teller.

Senator O'Keefe.

Clause 40 amended and 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 Committee had considered the Bill and had made progress, and asked leave to sit again.

Ordered—That the Committee have leave to sit again on motion.

11. M essage from the H ouse of R epresentatives.—The following Message from the House of RepreĀ­ sentatives was received and read : — M r. P resident, Message No. 39.

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “An Act to grant and apply out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund the sum o f Four hundred and ten thousand seven hundred and sixty-seven pounds to the service o f the year ending the thirtieth day of June One thousand nine hundred and two,” with which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

F. W. HOLDER,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Melbourne, 13th December, 1901.

12. Supply B ill (N o. 5).—The Postmaster-General moved, That the Supply Bill (No. 5) be now read a first time. Question—put and passed. Bill read a first time. The Postmaster-General moved, That the Bill be now read a second time. 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 1-3 agreed to. Schedule read. Parts I. to V III. agreed to.

Title agreed to. Bill to be reported without amendment. 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.

13. Governor-General’s M essage.— The Postmaster-General communicated the following Message from His Excellency the Governor-General, which was received and read :— HOPETOUN, Governor-General. Message.

A Bill intituled “ An Act to provide fo r the Acquisition of Property fo r Public Purposes, fo r dealing with Property so acquired and fo r other purposes connected therewith,” as finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth, having been presented to the Governor-General for the Royal Assent, His Excellency has, in the name of His

Majesty, assented to the said Act.

Government House, Melbourne, 12th December, 1901.

14. M essage from the H ouse of R epresentatives.— The following Message from the House of RepreĀ­ sentatives was received and read :— Mil P resident, Message No. 40.

The House of Representatives returns to the Senate the Bill intituled “A Bill fo r an Act to make provision fo r the Punishment of Offences against the Laws o f the Commonwealth,” and acquaints the Senate that the House of Representatives has agreed to the Bill without amendment.

F. W. HOLDER,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Melbourne, 13th December, 1901.

Noes, 7.

Senator Best Clemons Dobson Pulsford Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood Walker.

Teller.

Senator Smith.

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15. P apers.—The Postmaster-General laid on the Table the following Papers, viz,;— By Command— I. Hare-Clark System of Voting in Tasmania—Report upon the Operation of. Ordered to be printed.

II. Return to Order of the Senate of 6th December, 1901 Precis of Correspondence in reference to the Federal Capital Site, Ordered to be printed.

16. N ext M eeting of the Senate.— The Postmaster-General moved, That the Senate, at its rising, adjourn until Wednesday, 22nd January, 1902. Debate ensued. Question—put and passed.

17. P ostponement of B usiness.— Ordered, That the further consideration of the Public Service Bill in the Committee be an Order of the Day for Wednesday, 22nd January, 1902.

18. Adjournment.—The Senate adjourned at forty-two minutes past three p.jn. till Wednesday, 22nd January, 1902, at half-past two p.m.

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

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments.

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