Title 1890 Australasian Federation Conference
Debates - February 14
Database Constitution Conventions
Date 14-02-1890
Source Parliamentary Library
System Id constitution/conventions/1890-1012


1890 Australasian Federation Conference

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THE PROCEEDINGS

OF THE

FEDERATION CONFERENCE, 1890.

HELD IN THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE, MELBOURNE.

No. 7.

FRIDAY, 14TH FEBRUARY, 1890.

Present:

New South Wales The Honorable Sir HENRY PARKES, G.C.M.G., " WILLIAM MCMILLAN.

New Zealand The Honorable Captain WILLIAM RUSSELL RUSSELL, " Sir JOHN HALL, K.C.M.G.

Queensland The Honorable Sir SAMUEL WALKER GRIFFITH, K.C.M.G., " JOHN MURTAGH MACROSSAN.

South Australia The Honorable JOHN ALEXANDER COCKBURN, M.D., " THOMAS PLAYFORD.

Tasmania The Honorable ANDREW INGLIS CLARK, " BOLTON STAFFORD BIRD.

Victoria The Honorable DUNCAN GILLIES, " ALFRED DEAKIN.

Western Australia The Honorable Sir JAMES GEORGE LEE STEERS.

The PRESIDENT took the Chair.

ADDRESS TO THE QUEEN.

Sir JOHN HALL moved, That the following Address to Her Majesty the Queen be agreed to by the Conference:-

To the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR MAJESTY-

We Your Majesty's loyal and dutiful subjects, the Members of the Conference assembled in Melbourne to consider the question of creating for Australasia one Federal Government, and representing the Australasian Colonies, desire to approach Your Most Gracious Majesty with renewed expressions of our devoted attachment to Your Majesty's Throne and Person.

On behalf of Your Majesty's subjects throughout Australasia, we beg to express the fervent hope that Your Majesty's life may be long spared to reign over a prosperous and happy people.

We most respectfully inform Your Majesty that, after mature deliberation, we have unanimously agreed to the following resolutions:-

1. That, in the opinion of this Conference, the best interests and the present and future prosperity of the Australian Colonies will be promoted by an early union under the Crown, and, while fully recognising the valuable services of the Members of the Convention of 1883 in founding the Federal Council, it declares its opinion that the seven years which have since elapsed have developed the national life of Australia in population, in wealth, in the discovery of resources, and in self-governing capacity to an extent which justifies the higher act, at all times contemplated, of the union of these Colonies, under one legislative and executive Government, on principles just to the several Colonies.

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2. That to the union of the Australian Colonies contemplated by the foregoing resolution, the remoter Australasian Colonies shall be entitled to admission at such times and on such conditions its may be hereafter agreed upon.

3. That the members of the Conference should take such steps as may be necessary to induce the Legislatures of their respective Colonies to appoint, during the present year, delegates to a National Australasian Convention, empowered to consider and report upon an adequate scheme for a Federal Constitution.

4. That the Convention should consist of not more than seven members from each of the self-governing Colonies, and not more than four members from each of the Crown Colonies.

Dr. COCKBURN seconded the notion, and addressed the Conference. The question was put and carried unanimously.

SIGNING AND FORWARDING ADDRESS.

Sir JOHN HALL moved, That the President do sign the foregoing Address on behalf of the Conference, and present the same to His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, with a respectful request that he will be pleased to transmit such Address to Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Colonies for presentation to Her Most Gracious Majesty.

Dr. COCKBURN seconded the motion.

The question was put and carried unanimously.

FORWARDING PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES TO SECRETARY OF STATE.

Sir SAMUEL GRIFFITH moved, That the President forward copies of the Report of the Proceedings and Debates of the Conference to His Excellency the Governor of Victoria for transmission to the Right Honorable the Principal Secretary of State for the Colonies.

Mr. DEAKIN seconded the motion.

The question was put and carried unanimously.

FORWARDING PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES TO OTHER COLONIES.

Mr. DEAKIN moved, That the President forward copies of the Report of the Proceedings and Debates of the Conference to the Representatives of the Colonies at this Conference, for presentation to their respective Parliaments, and for general distribution.

Mr. PLAYFORD seconded the motion.

The question was put and carried unanimously.

OFFICIAL RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS TO BE SIGNED.

The Conference directed that the Official Record of its Proceedings should be signed by the President and the Secretary to the Conference.

COMMUNICATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE CONFERENCE.

The PRESIDENT announced that he had received communications from various persons and public bodies addressed to the Conference.

After deliberation, it was resolved that, as the Conference could not deal with these communications, the Secretary return them to the persons or public bodies who had forwarded them.

CONVENER OF THE CONVENTION.

Mr. CLARK moved, That the Premier of Victoria be requested to act as Convener of the National Australasian Convention of Delegates to be appointed by the several Legislatures of the Australasian Colonies, and to arrange, upon consultation with the Premiers of the other Colonies, the time and place of the meeting of the Convention.

Mr. PLAYFORD seconded the motion.

The question was put and carried unanimously.

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VOTE OF THANKS TO PRESIDENT.

Sir HENRY PARKES moved, That the thanks of the Conference be given to the Honorable Duncan Gillies for the services rendered by him as President of the Conference.

Mr. MACROSSAN seconded the motion.

The PRESIDENT addressed the Conference.

The question was put and carried unanimously.

VOTE OF THANKS TO SECRETARY.

Dr. COCKBURN moved, That the thanks of the Conference be given to Mr. George Henry Jenkins for the services rendered by him as Secretary to the Conference.

Sir JAMES LEE STEERE seconded the motion, and addressed the Conference.

The question was put and carried unanimously.

The PRESIDENT thanked the members of the Conference on behalf of Mr. Jenkins.

ADJOURNMENT.

Mr. DEAKIN moved, That the Conference do now adjourn.

The question was put and carried.

And then the Conference, at thirty-five minutes past twelve o'clock, adjourned.

D. GILLIES, President.

GEORGE H. JENKINS, Secretary to the Federation Conference.