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Aborigines not to be counted in reckoning population.

127. In reckoning the numbers of the people of the Commonwealth, or of a State or other part of the Commonwealth, aboriginal natives480 shall not be counted.

HISTORICAL NOTE.—In the Commonwealth Bill of 1891, Sir Samuel Griffith, in Committee, added a new clause as follows:—“In reckoning the numbers of the people of a State or other part of the Commonwealth, aboriginal natives of Australia shall not be counted.” (Conv. Deb., Syd., 1891, pp. 898–9.)

At the Adelaide session, 1897, the same clause was adopted, with the omission of the words “of Australia.” In Committee, Dr. Cockburn urged that natives who were on the rolls ought not to be debarred from voting; but it was pointed out that the clause did not affect their rights. (Conv. Deb., Adel., p. 1020.) At the Melbourne session, a suggestion by the Legislative Councils of New South Wales and Tasmania, to insert “and aliens not naturalized,” was negatived. (Conv. Deb., Melb., pp. 713–4.) After the fourth report, the words “of the Commonwealth or” were inserted.

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