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At yesterday afternoon’s sitting at Sydney an addition was made to tho clause conferring sole power on the House of originating an appropriation or the imposition of taxation by giving power to the Senate to initiate laws providing for the imposition and appropriation of fines or other pecuniary penalties, or for the demand of payment aud appropriation of fees for licenses, or for services, so long as it does not impose taxation or appropriate public revenue.

Tne West Australian Legislature sought to give the Senate the right to impose taxition, but the debate was marked by several representatives of the smaller States receding from the position they had taken up in Adelaide, and recognising’ that equal powers in the Senate would be fatal to the chance of federation.

Mr Reid regarded such an amendment as calamitous. The popular control of finances was the basic principle of any constitution of the British type. If they wanted equality they must pay share and share alike, or else they would never get it. Several delegates from Tasmania and West Australia followed the example set earlier in the discussion, and departed from their strongly-expressed views at Adelaide in favor of equal rights, and joined the ranks of the opponents of co-ordinato powers. Mr Barton urged them to stand by the clause. He was convinced that with proper safeguards the Bill was one they could safely commend to their constituents. By 28 votes to 19 the Convention rejected the amendment to grant equal powers.

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THE FEDERAL CONVENTION., Issue 10420, 15 September 1897

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THE FEDERAL CONVENTION. Issue 10420, 15 September 1897

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