(FROM OUR SPECIAL REPORTER.)
After the questions had been disposed of in the Senate this morning a motion by Senator Pulsford ¡n favour of the preparation of an index to the Con-
stitution Act was agreed to. Leave of absence for a fortnight each was granted to Senators Dawson, Higgs and Best, for three weeks to Senator Fer- guson, and for six weeks to Senator Harney. Senator Neild withdrew his motion to direct instruc- tions to be given to the Elections and Qualifications' Committee in the matter of the petition against the return of Senator Mathieson.
A three hours' debate took place on a motion by Senator Stewart, " That in the opinion of the Senate it is expedient for the Parliament of the Common- wealth to accept, if the State Parliaments see fit to grant, full power to make laws for Australia as to wages and hours and conditions of labour." The Postmaster-General who did not oppose the motion, said that owing to pressure of business the Federal Parliament could not attempt such legislation for some time to come. The motion was agreed to.
Senator Dobson's motion in favour of reciprocity between the States on the matter of the admission of persons to the legal profession was agreed to, Sena- tor Downer expressing doubt as to its expediency. The debate on Senator Neild's motion affirming the desirability of establishing a system of State assur- ance against industrial accidents was resumed by Senator Pearce and further adjourned. The Senate rose at 10 minutes to 4.