* HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Tuesday, October 28, 1879.
AFTERNOON SITTING. The House met at 2.30. CHRISTCHURCH ELECTION. Mr Fulton, Chairman of the Christchurch Election Petition Committee, brought up a report finding Sir G. Grey occupied the seat illegally. Mr. Tole moved— “ That the report and proceedings lie on the table until enquiries are made as to whether or not the proceedings of the Committee had been done according to law. ” Ho said that on the votes being taken, one member neglected to record his vote until the following day, thereby exposing himself to the risk of being tampered with. Mr Fulton said that the statement made in support of the motion was not in accordance with the facts of the case. Sir G. Grey argued that, having been returned by the votes of 1350 electors, if unseated and Mr Richardson’s election confirmed, the electors would be practically disfranchised. The motion was negatived on the voices, and the report ordered to be placed on the official records of the House. The Hon. E. Richardson’s presence was then summoned, and he was formally inducted into the seat for Christchurch. THE DEFECTION OF THE AUCKLAND MEMBERS. Mr. Hislop gave notice of a question relative to the terms made by Government for securing the support of the four Auckland members, together -with all particular's of the works upon which the money said to have been promised for ■ that support was to be spent.
The TT.m. J. II ill tabled a document in conformity with a motion calling upon Government to produce all correspondence that had passed between the Government and the four Auckland members, dealing with the conditions upon which their support was obtained. The document was read, stating that no such correspondence had been found in connection with the official records.
Sir George Grey stated that the document was simply an evasion, asserting that It was well known that correspondence had passed between the said parties. Mr. Hamlin moved the election of a Select Committee to inquire into the matter, with power to call for persons and papers, and take evidence on oath. The Hon. J. Hall maintained that the motion was irregular, inasmuch as it aimed at the production of documents which formed no part of the public business.
Mr. Swanson said that, so far as he was concerned, he had no objection whatever, to the production of the correspondence.
Mr. Colbeck defended his conduct in the affair, and charged the Opposition with having deposed Sir George Grey from the leadership, when in point of fact he was the only one that could lead them. Finding the public business obstructed, and no apparent chance of being proceeded with, he had gone over to tlfb side of the Government for the sole purpose of solving the difficulty that had arisen. The debate was interrupted by the 6.30 p. in. adjournment. EVENING SITTING. The House resumed at 7.30 p.m. $ WITHDBAWAL OF THE NO-CONFIDENCE MOTION. On the motion to go into Committee of Ways and Means. Mr. Macandrew said in consequence of his party having been deserted by certain members on whom they relied, he had determined upon withdrawing the Noconfidence motion standing in his name. The Hon. John Hall, in acquiescing in the application, said that all Government had aimed at was to allow their policy to be brought before the country. After passing a formal resolution, allowing the issue of a Deficiency Bill, the House resumed the No-Confidence motion, but as Mr. Macandrew did not wish to move it, the Speaker declared it lapsed. The Orders of the Day were then resumed, and Mr. Rolleston moved the second reading of the Land Act Amendment Bill, the debate on which proceeded till it was interrupted by the 10.30 adjournment.
Wednesday, Oct. 2t). The House met at 2.30. CORRUPT PRACTICES. Sir George Grey gave notice of motion to introduce a Bill to prevent corrupt practices in Parliament. THE HONORARIUM. Mr Moss gave notice to move that the honorarium paid to Members should be fixed by statute. DUNEDIN LAW COURTS. Replying to questions, The Premier said that the recommendations of the Dunedin Law Society for a simpler and less expensive Higher Court procedure would be considered, but it was not probable Government would introduce a Bill this session. UNIVERSITY FOR THE NORTH ISLAND. Regarding measures for providing for a University in the North Island, no steps were intended to be taken this session. POLICE. It was intended to place all members of the police force in the several Provincial districts on an equal footing regarding long service paj. THE AGENT GENERAL. It was not proposed to interfere with Sir Julius Vogel’s appointment as AgentGeneral. LABOR AGENCIES. The Government recognised the importance of arrangements at each police station to keep a list of persons desirous of employing labor, also of persons in search of employment, or otherwise to facilitate the interchange of such information. ANOTHER SOP TO WESTLAND. Government was now in communication on the subject of an .advance of money to enable the Hokitika Harbor Board to proceed with existing contracts TRAMWAYS IN AUCKLAND.. Mr M'Caughan introduced a Bill to enable the County Councils of Southland and Wallace to construct light district railways or tramways. THE AUCKLAND COMPACT.
The interrupted debate for the production of the correspondence relative to the compact between the Government and certain Auckland members was resumed by Mr London, who supported the production of the correspondence. Mr Macandrew spoke in similar terms. He said Government owed Otago two and a half millions of money, and if compacts similar to that alleged were made with all the provincial districts the position of affairs would be very critical indeed. On the motion being put—“ That the words proposed to be omitted stand part of the motion,” 38 voted with the Ayes, and 25 with the Noes. The following was the division list: —
Ayes.— 3B. Andrews Murray Atkinson Oliver Bain OTlorko Beetham Pitt Brandon Richardson Bryce Rollestou Colbeck Russell Dick Saunders Fulton Seymour Gibbs Stevens Hall Studholmo Hurst (Wallace) Sutton Hurst (Auckland W.) Swanson Hursthouse Trimble Kelly Whitaker Kenny White Mason Willis Masters Wood M'Lean Wright
Noes.—2s. Allwright Macandrow Ballancc M‘ Donald Barron Montgomery Brown Moss Bunny Reid De Latour Seddon Fisher (Heathcote) Speight George Tawhai Grey, Sir George Thomson Hamlin Tole Harris Turnbull Ireland Wallis Lundoii A HOMETHBUST. The following motion tabled bj r Mr M‘Leau was called. On account of the hardening effect the exemption of all taxation has had on the huamn mind the Island of Kawau bo included within the boundaries of tire County of Rodney. Sir George Grey complained of the unfairness of such a motion being tabled, the mover not presenting himself to support it. Kawau he maintained was properly exempted from the County system. He had been instrumental in defeating an attempt on the part of Messrs M‘Leau and ■Whitaker, to secure a large tract of native land on unfair terms. Ever since, they had pursued him with unrelenting hostility ; some days ago M'Lean spoke of scandals that were to be disclosed agabist the late Government, but no such revelations had been made. He thought members should be protected from such gratuitous insults. The speech was interrupted by the 5.110 adjournment.
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