THE FEDERAL CONTENTION.
[PEB PEEB3 ASSOCIATION,— CoFTRIGHT.] SYDNEY, September 24. The Convention met this afternoon. A vote of thanks was passed to the colony of New South Wales for the splendid hospitality accorded to the delegates. A resolution expressing gratification at Queensland desiring to enter the Convention and the hope that the people of that colony might be represented ac the Melbourne meeting was carried. Sir Joseph Abbott said he had not the slightest sympathy with the Queensland Government for the manner in which on two occasions they made very vague attempts to be represented, and hoped that at the third attempt that colony would be represented by delegates directly elected by the people, and not by nominees of the Government. He doubted the sincerity of the Government on this present occasion, and failed to see why the Convention should thank the Government for nothing. Sir John Downer said the people's House in Queensland had pledged its national faith to be present at the adjourned meeting. Other delegates regretted the striking of a discordant note when there was every reason to be gratified at the northern colony's decision. In the absence of local knowledge it was wrong to judge Queensland's action, which, no doubt, could be thoroughly justified.
Mr Barton believed the request would not have been made unless it was intended to bo represented. The Convention went into committee, and formally passed the amendments made in the Bill by the Drafting Committee. Progress was then reported, and the Convention adjourned till the 20th January, at Melbourne.
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THE FEDERAL CONTENTION., Evening Star, Issue 10429, 25 September 1897