HC Deb 08 August 1889 vol 339 cc785-6

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it has been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State that even the settlers in Western Australia are by no means unanimous in accept- ing the proposed plan of responsible government; and, whether, on the contrary, he has received representations from the Albany district, in the southwest of the Colony, objecting to the proposed plan.


A Petition, which is from the Albany district, was brought under the notice of Parliament in the Command Paper, c. 5,743, p. 31. It was signed by 90 persons. A careful consideration of it did not lead Her Majesty's Government to modify their opinion that the people of Western Australia and of the other Australian colonies are right in advising the early establishment of responsible government in Western Australia.


I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether he can lay before the House any further communications from the Governor of Western Australia with reference to the granting of a responsible Constitution to the colony; and whether he has received any further communications on the subject from the other Australian colonies?


A telegram from the Government of South Australia to its Agent-General, asking him to impress on the Imperial Government the desirability of passing this Session the Western Australia Bill, has been received, and to-day a further telegram has come in from Lord Carrington, communicating an address from the members of the Legislative Assembly, New South Wales, relative to the passing of the Bill. The telegram is too long to read now, but it has been sent to the Press.