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   Mr. DOOLEY supported the motion, reserving to himself the right in committee to ask certain questions on the subject.

    Mr. LYNE, in reply, said: "It had been asked during the discussion whether this animal killed sheep.  He could assure the House that it did, and kangaroo as well, and if the colony wished to keep its sheep and kangaroo it would have to get rid of the tigers.  His reason for advocating a society was that the members would act as a check upon one another, and see that the dead animals were produced before the fees were paid.  If the land was not occupied the revenue would fall off, and a good portion of the land was not fit for anything but pastoral purposes.  It was a selfish view to take of the question that some did not suffer, as they ought not to legislate on class principles.  If, the country was fostered the town would be fostered, and the whole country would be fostered.  It was, therefore, narrow-mindedness to try and prevent the prosperity of the country.  The revenue was bound to suffer unless these brutes were destroyed".

The House then divided on the motion.
Nicholas John Brown - Minister for Lands (1882-87)
William Henry Burgess - Treasurer (1884-1887)
James Monaghan Dooley
John William Falkiner
William Jun Hartnoll
Samuel Hawkes
Richard James Lucas
John Lyne
Henry Boyes Mugliston
Alfred Thomas Pillinger
AYES, 10.

Brown, Burgess, Dooley, Falkiner, Hartnoll, Hawkes, Lucas, Lyne, Mugliston (teller) and Pillinger.


Peter Barrett
Bolton Stafford Bird
Harry Conway
Alfred Crisp
Roland Henry Gascoine Dumaresq
Charles Benjamin Monds Fenton
George Parker Fitzgerald
John Hart
Charles John MacKenzie
Arthur Young
NAES, 10.

Barrett (teller), Bird, Conway, Crisp, Dumaresq, Fenton, Fitzgerald, Hart, Mackenzie and Young.
Photos sourced from: Parliament of Tasmania Members Biographical Database, Tasmanian Parliamentary Library.

    The votes being equal, the SPEAKER said: "He would best fulfil his duty by voting with the Ayes, according to the usual custom, so that the question might be further considered".

    In the published minutes of the House of Assembly recorded in the Launceston Examiner of the 8th October 1886 (p. 3), under the heading "Native Tigers", Lyne makes further comment on the proposed structure of the bounty scheme:

    "Mr. Lyne moved that an address be presented to the Governor praying that he will recommend the appropriation of a sum of £500 for the destruction of tigers, otherwise known as the Tasmanian dingoes.  He said he had been connected with a society for the destruction of tigers for some time, and that society had paid £3 per head for 15 tigers.  He suggested that the Government pay a moiety of the amount paid by societies, because it would have a much better effect than by paying individual persons for killing them.  He had had as many as 14 sheep killed by these animals in one week on land rented from the Crown".

    The Mercury of the 14th October 1886 (p. 2), under the heading "The Native Tiger" notes:

    "Considerable interest is at present being manifested by sheep owners in the Avoca and St. Paul's River districts as to the probable fate of Mr. Lyne's motion that a sum of £500 be appropriated as a subsidy towards the destruction of the native tiger.  It is earnestly hoped that when the motion comes on for discussion today hon. members will give it favourable consideration, and vote the amount, as the ravages committed by these animals in the past have been such as to entail considerable loss to many sheep owners, especially those with small holdings.  Already several lots of Crown lands have been thrown up in these districts through the great destruction of sheep by dingoes, and it is asserted many more will have to be relinquished shortly, unless some assistance is given by the Government, as the expense of extermination is far too great to be borne by sheep owners alone."

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