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In the discussion on deadlocks, Mr Reid [New South Wales) Bnid he was unable to conceive of any method by which they could jbtain finality except by both Houses sitting together. He characterised the double dissolution as a monstrosity unless some method was provided to deal with cases where both Houses remained obstinate after the double dissolution was reported to. Mr Downer (South Australia) thought both the double dissolution ati the double referendum a farce. No decision had been arrived at when the Convention adjourned for dinner. The Committee, in the effort to find means of preventing deadlocks, seem to have raised deadlocks on their own account. They devoted the whole day to going over precisely the same ground as was covered by last week's debite. The discussion developed into a fight of large versus small States, with a conspicuous absence of the much-talked-of Federal spirit. Mr Barton thought that after practically devoting four days to the question it was time they came to a decision. It must, he said, be borne in mind, however, that a final decision could not be come, to pending Queensland's participation at the next session of the Convention. He believed that the commop sense of the community would have been satisfied if they had adhered to the double dissolution. He would only accept the referendum as a last resort, and on the pressure of public opinion with which he did not agree. He would prefer to see both Houses sitting together after a double dissolution. The Chairman explained when the time arrived for a decision that so many amendments w-ere proposed that matters were very complicated. Mr Lyne said that New South Wales wanted a straight-out vote as to whether there should be a referendum. As the Committee got more and more mixed the debite waxed warmer, and Mr Lyne was particularly warm, amidst ironical laughter, on the defence of local interests.

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THE FEDERAL CONVENTION., Evening Star, Issue 10425, 21 September 1897

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THE FEDERAL CONVENTION. Evening Star, Issue 10425, 21 September 1897