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Continuing the debate at Sydney yesterday,

Mr Symons (South Australia) said he was willing to give way in everything down to the bare essentials of their existence as & separate State, but equal representation was essential.

Mr Isaacs (Victoria) explained the action of the Victorian Legislature in adopting equal representation. His colony would not assent to equal representation unless accompanied by certain other principles, so as to secure in the last resort that the larger should not be dominated by the smaller States. He supported equal representation, which was justified by expediency, but did not commit Victoria to the doctrine. Without it he recognised that the smaller States would not join. Mr Deakin (Victoria) believed that the people need have no hesitation in trusting themselves to the Constitution proposed by the Bill.

Mr Barton (New South Wales) saw nothing in the debate to cause him to change his views as to the vote ho gave at Adelaide in favor of the proposal in the BilL Mr Lyne (New South Wales) thought the whole question whether there should be federation or not centred round the subject under the debate. The majority held by the small States at Adelaide tended to their demanding ezeessive rights. It was absolutely illogical that the small States should dominate New South Wales and Victoria. Those who demanded equal representation were going the right way to destroy the chance of federating the people. New South Wales would not accept such a principle, and it was not likely there would be any federation -without the colony of New South Wales.

On a division, equal representation of the Stales was affirmed by 41 votes to 5, the noes being. Messrs Carruthera and Lyne (New South Wales), Sir G. Berry, Messrs Higgins and Trenwith (Victoria).

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THE FEDERAL CONVENTION., Issue 10417, 11 September 1897

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THE FEDERAL CONVENTION. Issue 10417, 11 September 1897

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