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NEW SOUTH

WALES.

Ayes, 2.

Noes, 3.
Tae Colonial Secretary,

Mr. Cowper,
Mr. J. Macarthur.

Dr. Douglass,

Mr. Martin.
Negativod.
Moved by Mr. Martin,—That Sydney have but one additional Member.

Question put.
Committee divided.
Ayes, 4.

Noes, 1.
The Colonial Secretary,

Mr. Cooper.
Mr. J. Macarthur,
Mr. Martin,

Dr. Douglass.
Passed.

Questions put :-
1. That the Sydney Hamlets have one additional Member.

Carried.
2. That Paramatta return an additional Member.

Question put.
Committee divided.
Ayes, 4.

Noes, 2.
Mr. Wentworth,

Mr. Macarthur,
The Colonial Secretary,

Dr. Douglass.
Mr. Martin,

Mr. Cowper.
Passed.
3. That the Northumberland Boroughs return an additional Member.

Carried.
4. That the Stanley Boroughs return an additional Member.

Carried.
Committee adjourned till Thursday, June 9, at Twelve o'clock.

Thursday, June 9, 1853.

Present:
W. C. Wentworth, Esq., in the Chair.
The Colonial Secretary,

Mr. J. Macarthur,
Dr. Douglass,

Mr. Murray
Mr. M'Leay,
Question,-1. That the occupant of any room or lodging, paying for his board and

lodging at the rate of Forty Pounds a year, or, for his lodging only, at the rate of
Ten Pounds a year, shall be entitled to vote in the election of Members of the Legis-
lative Council, if he shall have occupied for Six months the same room or lodging,

previously to the date of registration. Carried. 2. Is it expedient that adult males, of the age of Twenty-one years and upwards

should be admitted to vote for the election of Members to the Legislative Council,

on paying a poll tax of Twenty Shillings a year.
Question put.
Committee divided.

Noes, 4.
Mr. Murray

The Colonial Secretary,
Mr. Macarthur,
Mr. M‘Leay,

Dr. Douglass.
Passed in the Negative.
Committee adjourned till Tuesday, June 14, at Twelve o'clock.

Ayes 1.

Tuesday, June 14, 1853.

Present:-
W. C. Wentworth, Esq., in the Chair.
The Colonial Secretary,

Mr. Murray.
Dr. Douglass,
It being thought undesirable to proceed in the business of the Committee, with so small

a number of its Members present, the Committee adjourned till Friday, the 17th
instant, at Twelve o'clock.

NEW SOUTH

WALES.

Friday, June 17, 1853. Committee did not meet, in pursuance of Summons circulated.

Wednesday, June 22, 1853.

Present:-
W. C. Wentworth, Esq., in the Chair.
The Colonial Secretary,

Dr. Douglass,
The Attorney General,

Mr. Cowper,
Mr. J. Macarthur,

Mr. Martin.
Mr. M‘Leay,
1. Noved by Dr. Douglass - That the Legislative Assembly consist of Fifty-four Member .

Carried. 2. Motion made and Question put,—That the distribution of the Additional Members

shall be in accordance with the resolutions of this Committee, passed on the 7th

instant. Carried. 3. Motion made and Question put,—That the Legislative Council shall consist of not

fewer than Twenty Members. Carried. 4. Motion made and Question put,—That persons of the age of Twenty-one years, and

upwards, whether possessed of a property qualification or not, shall be considered

duly qualified to be Members of the Legislative Council. Carried. 5. Motion made and Question put, --That the Governor-General, with the advice of the

Executive Council, shall have the sole and unlimited power to appoint the Members

of the Legislative Council.
Committee divided.
Ayes, 4.

Noes, 3.
The Colonial Secretary,

Mr. Cowper,
The Attorney General,

Mr. Martin,
Mr. J. Macarthur,

Dr. Douglass.
Mr. M‘Leay.
Carried.
6. Moved by the Colonial Secretary,—That the tenure of office of the Members of the

Legislative Council be for life.
Moved as an amendment, by Mr. Martin,-That such tenure of office be for a term of

years.
Question put, on the amendment.
Committee divided.
Ayes, 3.

Noes, 4.
Mr. Martin,

Mr. M‘Leay,
Dr. Douglass,

The Colonial Secretary,
Mr. Cowper.

The Attorney General,

Mr. J. Macarthur,
Negatived.
Original Question put.
Committee divided.
Ayes, 4.

Noes, 3.
Mr. M-Leay,

Mr. Martin,
The Colonial Secretary,

Dr. Douglass,
The Attorney General,

Mr. Cowper.
Mr. J. Macarthur.
Carried.
Committee adjourned.

Monday, July 11, 1853.
Dr. Douglass being the only member of the Committee present, the Colonial Secretary and

Attorney General having sent excuses, in consequence of having to attend the
Executive Council, the Committee did not meet.

NEW SOUTH

WALES.

Wednesday, July 13, 1853.

Present:

WC. Wentworth, Esq., in the Chair.
The Colonial Secretary,

Dr. Douglass,
The Attorney General,

Mr. Martin.
The Committee considered the proposed additional clauses of the New Constitution
Bul, subinitted to them by the chairman.

Committee adjourned till to-morrow, at twelve o'clock, to consider the Civil List Bill.

Thursday, July 14, 1853.

Present:
W.C. Wentworth, Esq., in the Chair.
The Colonial Secretary,

Dr. Douglass.
The Attorney General,
1. Committee deliberated on the Schedule appended to the Civil List Bill, and adjourned
till Tuesday next, at twelve.

Tuesday, July 19, 1853.

Present:-
W. C. Wentworth, Esq., in the Chair.
he Colonial Secretary,

The Attorney General,
Mr. J. Macarthur,

Mr. Thurlow.
1. The Committee deliberate on the New Constitution Bill, as far as clause No. 42.

Committee adjourned till twelve o'clock, to-morrow, to consider the Constitution Bill and the Civil List Bill.

Wednesday July 20, 1853.

Present :
W. C. Wentworth, Esq., in the Chair.
The Colonial Secretary,

Mr. J. Macarthur,
The Attorney General,

Mr. Thurlow,
Mr. Cowper,

Dr. Douglass,
Mr. M‘Leay,

Mr. Martin.
1. The Committee deliberated upon the remaining clauses of the New Constitution Bill.
2. The Committee then proceeded to consider the Schedule appended to the Bill to confer

a Civil List to Her Majesty.
3. Moved,—That the Salary of the Governor-General be 7,000!. per annum.

Carried.
4. Moved,—That the increased rate of Salary to the Governor-General take effect from

the passing of the Act. Carried (the Colonial Secretary not voting). 5. Moved,—That the Retiring Allowances to Judges be 10 of their Annual Salaries.

Carried. 6. Moved,—That such Retiring Allowances shall cease on acceptance of office, under the

British Government, with a Salary equal or higher in amount, but if with a Salary lower in amount, the party shall be entitled to the difference between such Salary and Retiring Allowance ; and on again retiring from office, the whole of such Retiring

Allowance shall revive to him. Carried. 7. Moved by the Attorney-General,—That the Salary of the Chief Justice be 2,3001

per annum.
Amendment proposed by Mr. Martin, and Question put,—That the Salary of the Chief

Justice be 2,000l. per annum.
Committee divided.
Ayes, 4.

Noes, 4.
Mr. J. Macarthur,

The Colonial Secretary,
Mr. M'Leay,

The Attorney General,
Mr. Cowper,

Dr. Douglass,
Mr. Martin.

Mr. Thurlow.
The votes being equal, the Chairman voted with the Ayes, and declared the amendment

to have passed in the Affirmative.
8. Moved by the Attorney-General,—That the Salaries of the Puisne Judges be 1,8001.

each per annum.

NEW SOUTH

WALES.

Amendment proposed by Mr. Martin, and Question put, – That the Salaries of the
Puisne Judges be 1,5001. each per annum.
Committee divided.
Ayes, 4.

Noes, 4.
Mr. J. Macarthur,

The Colonial Secretary,
Mr. MʻLeay,

The Attorney General,
Mr. Cowper,

Dr. Douglass,
Mr. Martin.

Mr. Thurlow.
The votes being equal, the chairman voted with the Ayes, and declared the amendment
to have passed in the Affirmative.
9. Motion made by Mr. Martin, and Question put,—That the Salary of the Attorney

General be 1,500l. per annum. Carried. 10. Motion made by Mr. Martin, and Question put,—That the Salary of the Solicitor

General be 1,000l. per annum. Carried. 11. Motion made and Question put, — That the Salary of the Colonial Secretary be 2,0001.

per annum. Carried. 12, Motion made and Question put,- That the Salary of the Private Secretary be 4001.

per annum. Carried. 13. Motion made and Question put,—That the Salary of the Colonial Treasurer be 1,2501.

per annum. Carried. 14. Motion made and Question put,—That the Salary of the Auditor General be 9001.

per annum. Carried.

(The Colonial Secretary and the Attorney General here withdrew.) 15. Motion made and Question put, ---That the sum of 2,5001. be reserved for Pensions to

Officers of Government, not liable to removal. Carried.

16. Motion made and Question put,—That the sum of 5,9001. be reserved for Pensions to

Officers of Government, liable to removal. Carried.

Committee adjourned till Friday the 22nd instant, at twelve, to consider the Bills and the Report.

Friday, July 22, 1853.

Present:

W. C. Wentworth, Esq., in the Chair.
The Colonial Secretary,

The Attorney General,
Mr. J. Macarthur,

Mr, Martin
Mr. M Leay,
1. The Committee deliberated on the Constitution Bills and their Report.

Committee adjourned

Wednesday, July 27, 1853.

Present:

W. C. Wentworth, Esq., in the Chair.
The Colonial Secretary,

Mr. Cowper,
Mr. J. Macarthur,

Dr. Douglass,
Mr. Martin,

The Attorney General.
1. Moved,- That the Bills “To confer a Constitution on New South Wales,” and “For

granting a Civil List to Her Majesty," be included in one Bill, entituled “ An Act
to confer a Constitution on New South Wales and to grant a Civil List to Her

Majesty
Carried.
The Committee then proceeded to reconsider their Report.
Committee adjourned till to-morrow at eleven, for further consideration of their Report

NEW SOUTU

WALES.

Thursday, July 28, 1853.

Present:

W. C. Wentworth, Esq., in the Chair.
Mr. Cowper,

Dr. Douglass.
Mr. J. Macarthur,
1. The Report, as it now stands, was reconsidered and affirmed.

The Committee adjourned.

[Then follows copy of a Bill “to confer a Constitution on New South Wales and to grant a Civil List to Her Majesty," copy of which, as subsequently passed as Act No. 41 of 1853, will be found printed at page 29 of this paper.

Also a copy of “ An Act to authorize Her Majesty to assent to a Bill of the Legislative “ Council of New South Wales, and to repeal so much and such Parts of divers Acts of “ Parliament therein enumerated as relate to the Colony of New South Wales, and as are

repugnantto the said Bill ;" which will also be found printed at page 41 of this paper.]

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Copy of a DESPATCH from Governor General Sir. C. FITZROY to the

Duke of NEWCASTLE.

(No. 160.)

Government House, Sidney, December 20, 1853. MY LORD DUKE,

(Received April 19, 1854.)

(Answered No. 8, July 2, 1854, Page 63.) The separation of the colony of Victoria from New South Wales and the recent successful navigation of the River Murray by steam-vessels, as reported to your Grace by Lieutenant-Governor Sir Henry Young in his Despatch of 17th* September last, with a copy of which I have been furnished, has rendered it requisite that measures should be adopted for protecting the revenue of this colony from the evasion of the customs duties on articles brought across the frontier from Victoria and South Australia, which is represented to be extensively carried on at present. I accordingly brought the subject before my Executive Council, and I have the honour to state that, under their advice, measures will be taken for the collection of those duties by officers to be appointed for the service. The measures which will be adopted have not,

however, as yet been finally decided on. November 1, 1853.

2. I transmit herewith copies of the minutes of proceedings of the Executive November22,1853. Council, in reference to this matter, and also the copy of a report on the subject November 22,1853. from the Crown law officers, the perusal of which report has suggested to the

Council that there are some matters connected with the navigation of the River Murray, which can be satisfactorily provided for only by the interposition of Parliament. I have therefore the honour to suggest for your Grace's consideration, that it is desirable that an Act of Parliament should be obtained which will confer on the colonies of New South Wales and Victoria concurrent jurisdiction, in all matters civil and criminal occurring on the waters of the Murray, and which will at the same time empower the legislatures of the two colonies to dass local acts in concert for regulating all such matters.

I have, &c.

(Signed) CHAS. A. FITZROY. His Grace the Duke of Newcastle, &c. &c.

&c.

* See Page 3 of House of Commons Paper, No. 89 of 1854. “Navigation of River Murray, Australia.”

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