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Title: Speeches by the Hon. Sir Josiah Symon, K.C.M.G., K.C. in the Federal Convention and in the Senate.
Author: Symon, Josiah, Sir, 1846-1934
Publisher: [Adelaide : Publishers Limited, 1932]
Issue Date: 1897
Abstract: Speech by J.H. Symon, Esq., Q.C. on the constitution of the Senate, delivered in Sydney, 10th September, 1897. State rights and the Constitution of the Senate (reprinted from the Official Record of the Debates [1897])
Keywords: Symon, Josiah, Sir, 1846-1934 Archives.
Australia. Parliament. Land Tax Assessment Bill.
Proportional representation Australia.
Representative government and representation Australia.
Confederation of states Australia.
Federal government Australia.
Australia Constitutional history.
Australia Politics and government 1851-1901 Sources
Australia Politics and government 1901-1914 Sources.
Description: Sir Josiah Symon (1846-1934) a South Australian lawyer and member of the Legislative Council from 1881-87, was one of the chief contributors to Federation. He opposed the 1884 Federal council bill on the grounds it would delay or prevent Federation, but became president of the Australasian Federation League in South Australia in 1895 (giving an impassioned speech in favour of federation at the inaugural meeting of the League) and was a member of the 1897-98 Federal Convention, contributing largely to its debates and chairing the judiciary committee. His particular interests were in the parity of the two houses and resolution of deadlocks between them, fair representation of all states, and the establishment of a Federal court of appeal. He took an active part in the referendum campaign in South Australia, speaking with masterful oratory at meetings and publishing a number of pamphlets, some of which indicate his characteristic vigorous refutation of the arguments of opponents. He headed the poll in South Australia for the Senate at the 1901 Commonwealth elections and became leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and attorney-general in 1904-5.
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