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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 80a

(B.) — Tuesday, 30th July 1872

page 91


Tuesday, 30th July 1872.

Government Business—Notice of Motion :—

1. Mr. Parkes to move, That this House will, to-morrow, resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole, to consider the expediency of adopting the following Resolutions, namely :—

That an humble Address be presented to his Excellency the Governor, transmitting to his Excellency the following Resolutions:—
(1.)That Parliament was dissolved, and an appeal made to the people, in February last, on the question, Whether or not the Customs Duties should be actually collected on the Boundary between this Colony and the Colonies of Victoria and South Australia; and that the First Minister who advised the Dissolution put this issue, and this issue alone, to the electors.
(2.)That a large majority of Members were returned to this House in support of the policy of accepting a specific sum from the adjoining Colonies in lieu of the actual collection of the Duties.
(3.)That a Bill to give effect to this policy was read a second time in this House by a majority of 37 to 17, and a third time by a majority of 29 to 14, and was duly transmitted to the Legislative Council for its concurrence.
(4.)That the said Bill, embodying the policy approved by the late and the present Legislative Assembly, and confirmed by the collective vote of the constituencies, has been defeated in the Legislative Council, in disregard of the expressed will of the people and their representatives in Parliament, by a majority of nine to eight out of the 31 Members forming that House.
(5.)That this House is of opinion that the circumstances of this conjuncture justify the Government in proceeding without delay to make an agreement with the Governments of Victoria and South Australia, or with either of those Governments, for securing the payment of a specific sum, fairly ascertained as the approximate amount of revenue to which this Colony is entitled, in lieu of the actual collection of the Border Duties, such agreement to be subject to ratification by Parliament in this or the next following Session.