The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 57
I would like to suggest that the Committee be termed a Provisional Committee. There will probably be an appeal to the country very soon, and we ought to do all we can to bring this question before the people in the meantime, in order that the next Parliament may be in a position to deal with it. I have lectured a great deal amongst Liberal and workingmen's clubs and associations in London and the provinces, and I page 65 can testify that public opinion is much more advanced on this subject than many people would believe.
With the addition of the name of Mr. Young as one of the vice-chairmen, and the insertion of the word "Provisional" before "Committee," the third and fourth resolutions were adopted.
On the motion of Mr. Alexander McArthur, * M.P., seconded by General Lowry, it was also resolved—"That copies of these resolutions be transmitted to her Majesty's Secretary of State for the Colonies, the High Commissioners for Canada, and the Agents-General for the other Colonies, with a request that they will forward them to their respective Governments; and that copies also be sent to the Governors of such Colonies as are not represented by Agents-General."
It was further agreed that, by way of amendment, the word "political" should be omitted from the second resolution, the Chairman explaining that the word might be misunderstood abroad.
* Liberal Member for Leicester. Formerly Member of the Legislative Assembly, and also of the Legislative Council of New South Wales.