THE FEDERAL CONVENTION.
At yesterday afternoon's sitting a loDg discussion ensued on the method of electing senators. Mr Kingston (South Australia) objected to the division of a State into electorates, because a senator from a division would only speak for his electorate and not for his State. Mr Isaacs (Victoria) recognised the danger that the larger centres in the State might override the smaller portions, and thought that if the Slates were divided into three electorates the county districts would have more chance of fairer representation in the Senate. The Committee ultimately amended the clause by adding the words " until Parliament otherwise provides." Thus the .method of election provided by the Bill stands for the present. The evening sitting was mainly occupied in discussing the amendments by New South Wales and Victoria providing that there should be one representative in the popular Chamber to every 30,000. The proposal was rejected by nine votes. The evening was occupied to the adjournment with the machinery clauses, which were passed unamended.
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THE FEDERAL CONVENTION., Evening Star, Issue 10419, 14 September 1897