WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 11.
Clutha Leader, Rōrahi XXII, Putanga 1100, 13 Mahuru 1895, Page 5
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 11.
In the House of Representatives — The Alcoholic Liquor Sale Control Act Amendment Bill was further considered in Committee. Clause 31, dealing with the amendments of the principal act. — Dr Newman proposed to insert in this clause that hereafter no license could be transferred from one house to another. The Hon. Mr Seddon opposed the amendment and moved that the distance for the transfer of a license should not exceed a mile. — Mr T. Mackenzie moved that the distance be a quarter of a mile. — Mr Seddon's amendment was lost by 36 to 24, and Mr T. Mackenzie's amendment for a quarter of a mile was carried by 31 to 29. An amendment by Mr Meredith to prevent the selling of liquor on Sunday was lost on the voices. — An addition to the clause moved by Mr G. W. Russell was adopted, which provides that any person falsely describing himself as a lodger or traveller shall be liable, on conviction, to a penalty not exceeding LlO. Clause 33, penalty for the sale of liquor to a Native, excited a lengthy discussion. Several amendments were proposed by various members. — The Hon. Mr Seddon eventually moved to add the following proviso : — 11 Provided that this section shall not apply to any female aboriginal Native being the wife of a European." — Carried by 27 to 22. — The clause was then put and carried by 28 to 22. Clause 34, penalty for prohibited persons entering a hotel, Mr Carnell moved an amendment — " That if a prohibited person is found on a licensed premises during the currency of a prohibition order, he shall beliable to a penalty not exceeding L5, and any licensed person who knowingly permits a prohibited person to remain on his licensed premises shall be liable to a penalty of not less to L5 and not exceeding LlO." — Carried by 31 to 2. A new clause that all prosecutions for breaches of the Licensing Acts shall be determined by a stipendiary magistrate alone was carried. A long discussion took place relative to the date of the local option poll which was ultimately fixed for the second Wednesday in April, the Licensing Committee to be elected on same day. ' j Mr Button moved a new clause to make all tied houses illegal which was carried by 37 to 19. I Mr Allen moved a new clause that in licensing districts where there are no boroughs with a population of more than 5000 the stipendiary magistrate shall perform all the duties of licensing committee. — Lost by 89 to 15. Mr Collins moved a new clause that where licensed premises are closed through no fault of the lessee then the lessee may, if he desire give written notice to the lessor, and in 14 days from the giving of such notice the leasee shall be determined as by effluxion of time. — Agreed to. Sir R. Stout moved that the bar of a hotel be made a " shop " under the Shops Act, and liquor should only be supplied to lodgers and travellers on the weekly half-holiday' This was strongly opposed by the Premier but was carried by 23 to 20.