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SYDNEY, September 21. The Committee were iu a state of chaos all day. Amendments without end and of a most complicated character embarrassed the House. An amendment by Mr Carruthera (New South Wales), providing for member's of both Houses deliberating and voting together and adopting or rejecting according to the decision x>f three-fifths of the members present and voting on the question, was carried by 29 to 12. A further amendment to add the words " providing that if a law was rejected a majority representing both Houses sitting together might on resolution ask the Governor-General to submit the proposed law to a referendum " was negatived by 14. A briefly proposed solution of the deadlock is a simultaneous dissolution, with subsequent voting and deliberating together if necessary. Mr Bartcn suggested that the Convention should sit till to-morrow evening, and then adjourn till Friday in order to give the Drafting Committee time to place the amendments in order. The Convention will meet on Friday, and then adjourn until January. Mr Barton moved that the next session be held in Melbourne on Thursday, the 20th January, and this was carried. The Convention then went into committee on the clauses relating to the Parliament. No alterations of moment were nude.

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THE FEDERAL CONVENTION., Issue 10426, 22 September 1897

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THE FEDERAL CONVENTION. Issue 10426, 22 September 1897

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