Title SJ No 70 - 08 November 1901
Database Senate Journals
Date 08-11-1901
Source Senate
Parl No. 1
Number 70
Status Final
System Id chamber/journalshistorical/1901-11-08


SJ No 70 - 08 November 1901

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

No. 70.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

FRIDAY, 8 t h NOVEMBER, 1901.

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

2. PRAYERS. 3. L etters from tiie Governor-General.— R eplies to A ddresses of S ympathy.— The President acquainted the Senate that he had received from His Excellency the Governor-General the following letters, which he read to the Senate :—

Melbourne, 7th November, 1901.

Sir,— With reference to your message expressing the sympathy of the Members of the Senate with the United States of America on the death of President McKinley, 1 have the honour to state that I have now received a despatch from the Secretary of State for the Colonies intimating that the American Ambassador wishes to convey to yourself and to the Members of the Senate, on behalf of the people of the United States, his sincere thanks for your very earnest and heartfelt expressions of sympathy, which are most grateful to the American people.

I have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient Servant, HOP ETC UN,

The Honorable the President of the Senate. Governor-General.

Melbourne, 7th November, 1901.

Sir,— I have the honour to state that I have received a despatch from the Secretary of State for the Colonies intimating that the Address to the King from the Senate, expressing sympathy with His Majesty on the death of His sister, the Empress Frederick, has been laid before the King, who commanded that His grateful thanks should be conveyed to the Members of the Senate for their kind and loyal sympathy.

I have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient servant, HOPETOUN,

The Honorable the President of the Senate. Governor-General.

4. N ew P ress T elegraphic R ates.—Senator Staniforth Smith, pursuant to notice, asked the Postmaster-General— 1. Is it the intention of the Government to bring in a Bill providing for uniform Press and General Telegraphic Rates.

2. Is it the intention of the Government to continue to charge double telegraphic rates in Western Australia for messages lodged after 7 p.m.

The Postmaster-General replied— 1. I t is the intention of the Government to bring in a Bill providing for Postal and Telegraph Rates, but the rates have not yet been determined. 2. I t is the intention of the Government, when dealing with the rates, to endeavour to secure

uniformity between Western Australia and the other States of the Commonwealth as to the additional charge to be made for telegrams handed in for transmission between certain hours.

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5. P ublic Service B ill.—The Senate, according to order, resolved into a Committee for the further consideration of the Public Service Bill.

In the Committee,

Cl ruse 8 read. Senator Lieut.-Col. Neild moved an amendment, viz., in sub-clause (2) after “ report,” in line 1,'to insert “ And the report of the permanent head of the Department.” Question—That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted—put. Committee divided.

Aye , 9.

Senator Sir B. C. Baker Charleston Dobson Macfarlane Macgregor Lieut.-Col. Neild

Pearce Playford.

Teller.

Senator Stewart.

Noes, 14.

Senator Barrett Best De Largie Sir J. W. Downer Drake Ferguson

Glassey Higgs Keating

O’Connor Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood Smith Styles.

Teller.

Senator O’Keefe.

Clause 8 agreed to. Clause 9 amended and agreed to. Clause 10-13 agreed to. Clause 14 amended and agreed to. Clauses 15-19 agreed to.

Clause 20 amended and agreed to. Clause 21 read. Senator Glassey moved an amendment, viz., in sub-clause (1), after “ Class” incline 2,'to insert—· “ Such appointments shall, as nearly as may be, consist of equal numbers of males and females.”

(!. Suspension o f Sittinc. At one p.m. the sitting of the Committee was suspended until two p.m.

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

is. P ublic Service Bill.—Clause 21 further considered.

Amendment again proposed, viz., in sub-clause (1), after “ Class” in line 2, to insert—· “ Such appointments shall, as nearly as may be, consist of equal numbers of males and females.”

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

Ayes, 8.

Senator Barrett Dawson De Largie Glassey Smith Stewart

Styles.

Teller.

Senator O'Keefe.

Teller.

Senator Clemons.

Noes, 14.

Senator Best Dobson Drake Harney Macfarlane McGregor Lieut.-Col. Neild O’Connor

Pearce Playford Pulsford

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

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 made progress, and asked leave to sit again. Ordered—That the Committee have leave to sit again on Wednesday next.

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9. M essage 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. 33.

The House of Representatives transmits to the Senate a Bill intituled “ An Act to provide for the Regulation, Restriction, and Prohibition o f the Introduction o f Labourers from the Pacific Islands and Jor other purposes,” with which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

F. W. HOLDER,

House of Representatives, Speaker.

Melbourne, 8th November, 1901.

10. P acific I slands L abourers B ill.—The Vice-President of the Executive Council moved—That the Pacific Islands Labourers Bill be now read a first time. Question—put and passed. Bill read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Wednesday, 20th November.

11. S uspension of Standing Orders.—The Vice-President of the Executive Council moved—That the Standing Orders be suspended to enable him to give a notice of motion. Question—put and passed, There being an absolute majority of the whole members of the Senate present and no dissentient

voice.

12. A djournment.—The Senate adjourned at eight minutes past three p.m. till Wednesday, 13th November, at half-past two p.m.

Attendance.-—Present, all the Members except Senators Lieut.-Col. Cameron, Ewing, Major Gould, Matheson, Millen, Sir J. H. Symon, and Walker.

E. G. BLACIvMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments.

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