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FEDERAL CONVENTION.

(Pra Press Association,—Copyright.)

BRISBANE, September 10., A motion was proposed inthe Legislative Assembly asking the Federal Convention not to conclude their sitting till Queensland had an opportunity of being represented by a direct vote of the electors. ; An amendment that if the Convention granted the request desired the Government introduce an Enabling Bill this session was carried, but an antiFederal member succeeded in talking the original motion out. The Government/ however, will give a day next week to enable a decision to he come to. The trend of the debate was in favor of hein o, represented. Sir H. Tozer, the ActingPremier, approved of sending a message to the Convention, hoping that they would treat bygones as bygones. The Right Hqn. C, C. Kingston (South Australia) resumed the discussion on the New South Wales amendment for proportionate representation. He could not vote for the amendment. He was convinced that no federation of the larger and smaller States was , within measurable distance unless there was equal representation in the Senate. He would adhere to the vote he gave at the Adelaide Convention in favor of the limitation of the power of the Senate over financial matters If the amendment were carried it would put back Federation for years and years. He thought they had given ample concessions to the larger States in the matter of the Senate’s finanacial control.

Yesterday afternoon the clause dealing with the operation of the laws of the Commonwealth was .amended so as to provide that the laws shall be in force on board all British ships (except Her Majesty’s ships) whose first port of clearance and whose port of destination are in the Commonwealth. It was sought to reduce the GovernorGeneral’s salary to £B,OOO, but by thirty - eight votes to eight it was decided to retain £IO,OOO.

Clause 9 opened up a discussion on the question of equal representation, and brought the Convention face to face with the real lion in the path of federation. The discussion threw no new light on the question. Mr Higgins (Victoria) and Mr Carruthers (New South Wales) contended for proportionate representation, while those representatives of the smaller States who spoke demanded equal rights in the Senate.

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FEDERAL CONVENTION., Issue 10416, 10 September 1897

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FEDERAL CONVENTION. Issue 10416, 10 September 1897

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