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PARLIAMENT.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Tuesday, Nov. 4 AFTERNOON SITTING. The House met at 2 - 30 p.m. THIRD BEADING. The Napier Swamp Nuisance Amendment Bill was read a third time and passed. NOTICES OF MOTION. Sir G. Grey gave notice that he would move for leave to introduce a Bill to establish an elective Legislative Council. Mr Montgomery gave notice that he would move in Committee on the Electoral Bill—“ That no elector be allowed to have his name placed on more than one roll in the Colony.” QUESTIONS.

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v-oubted the question i lit with this session. As far a* M .-r^ibla

Government would equitable adjustment of expenditure upon public works to be made as between the different Provinces. If possible, a Dill would be prepared to reduce fees payable for patents by half the present amount. Government wo Id, during the recess, consider the expediency of amending tbe “ O-'cm os iiyti!!!h. idte Persons Act.” Government hws not yet prepared to state what steps would I taken with the Maori prisoners. Provision had been made for .he erection of a Court-house at Cambridge. The ne.-.: section of the Lumsden-: Aararoa Rail way would be ready for inviting lenders in two months. The amount paid for the Pinko swamp was £13,152, the capital value of the property £200,300, and the value set down under the Land Tax Act, £12,680. NEW BILLS. The following Bills were introduced and read a first time ;—Gold Duty Abolition, Rating Act, 1876, Amendment (Mr Seddon), to regulate the laying out of towns on private land (Mr Thomson), to amend the Otago Boys’ and Girls’ High School Act, 1877 (Mr Rolleston), to regulate and restrict the immigration of Chinese (Hon J. Hall). SALARIES. A message was read from the Governor, commending the making of provision r the payment of salaries, &c. In Committee £400,000 was granted, id an Appropriation Bill for that amount as passed through all its stages. OHS MAORI PRISONERS. Messrs Tamoana and Tawhai complained that the Government had not given more definite information as to the Maori prisoners. The Hon W. Rolleston replied that at present Government had no intention of interfering with the ordinary course of the law. The matter, however, was one of importance, and would be carefully considered. REDISTRIBUTION OF SEATS. On the motion of going into Committee of Supply, Sir G. Grey pointed out that from the position of the Readjustment of Seats Bill on the Order Paper, Government evidently did not intend passing that measure this session. Some distinct pledge on the subject should be exacted from Government.

Tiu ion J, Hall said Government was anxi'. ua to deal with the subject this session, if possible. There were certain Bills that w=i ild have to be passed, and when they were gone through, the Re* adjustment ..leasuvc would be pushed through if iime permitted. Mr Moss urged that there was a unity of piine p!e running through the whole of theiuensiiivs, and it ihey were taken piece--med Unit unity should be destroyed. Mr Do La itour moved as an amendment —“ That the House was determined to do all in its power to pass a Bill for the. readjustment of representation this session.”

The Hon. J. Hall said Government was prepared to accept the amendment, which, on being brought to a division was carried by 55 to 5. MAORI The Hon. J. Hall moveonx.he second reading of the Maori Representation Bill. The subject was a difficult one to deal with, and Government were prepared to receive suggestions in Committee. Mr Macandrew objected to the Bill, saying it would give double the present number of representatives to the Maoris. Mr Sheehan said the Bill was defective, as it precluded half-castes from being returned as Maori representatives, and not unfrequently that class were found to be the most eligible from which to elect representatives. The debate was interrupted by the 5.30 p.m. adjournment.

EVENING SITTING. On the House resuming, Mr Kelly continued the debate. Modifications wore needed, and with the view of providing for these, he would move the adjournment of the debate. The Hon. J. Bryce admitted that the Bill as it stood, was not so well adapted as it might be for enabling the one race to merge into the franchise .’exercised by the other. He would propose the adjournment of the debate, as the shortest way for arriving at the solution of the difficulty. Sir G. Grey said that the Bill proposed a great wrong to the: Natives. In the early days the Maori protected the Europeans on the distinct understanding that they would be provided with equal rights and privileges with Europeans. This Bill would have the effect of witholding these. He advised that it should be abandoned altogether. The Eon. W. Rollcston denied that a wrong was intendet to be done to the Maories. He would agree to a postponement of the measure, so as to enable the amendments to he made in the direction indicated.

EVENING- SITTING. j The debate was continued by Mr Ballance, Colonel Trimble, Messrs Moss, an-: Taiv.-i;, who all objected to portions o. ! ■-> ; ill. • Ultimately Government COB* sc; cd to the adjotirtimont of the debate. XMBSNIAL PAUU AMENTS. Tvl.-'i. .->.l Parliaments Bill then paesvd Committee. it was p-o[. '-vd 10 make the existing Parliament expire on the 28th February, 1883, but an amendment was moved to make it expire on the 20th February, 18S2. This was carried by 34 to 26. The House rose at 12.5 p. m. Wednesday, November 5. AFTERNOON SITTING. The House met at 2.30. A WITNESS WANTED FROM PRISON, In accordance with a report brought up and read from the Native Affairs Committee, Mr Hamlin moved that the evidence of Worgan, a prisoner in Wanganui Gaol, bo taken, and the warrant of the Speaker for his production be issued. The Hon. John Hall said, as that was the first motion of the kind, the whole cjrcuiuf.tauoyfi of the case should have . been seated for the information of Go- j vernmeut before the motion was made. Re did not allude at all to the merits of the case. If the evidence were necessary Government did not wish to oppose the application. Sir George Grey said he did not undef-

stand upon what grounds Government Sought to interfere in the m.urer at all. He knew the case was an urgent due, ami he trusted Government would not interfere to throw obstacles in the way of the whole facts being investigated. Major Atkinson questioned the propriety of allowing Committees to bring witnesses at great expense from all parts of the colony. There was no intention on the part of Government to shirk this inquiry, but they were not uncommonly put to the expense of getting evidence for petitioners for no other purpose than to enable them to bolster up their case in the Courts of law. The Speaker said that as this was an exceptional case, for his own satisfaction he would have consulted the law advisers before giving effect to it. Mr Hislop said that evidence taken before these Committees was privileged, and could not be founded upon in Courts of law. A motion for adjournment until tomorrow was put and carried by 46 ayes against 26 noes. WORK FOR THE UNEMPLOYED. The Hon. John Hall said that that evening, in Committee of Supply, he would ask that a provision might be made for going on with certain railway and reclamation works amounting to £66,000, with a view of providing work for the unemployed. m enders for the work had been aoceptedsubject to Parliamentary sanction. Replying to a question, it was stated that Government were willing, subject to certain conditions, to make progress payments to the Tapani)i-Waihopai railway contractors. IMPOUNDED LAND FUND. The repayment of £IOO,OOO, held back by the late Government from Canterbury County Councils and Road Boards, depended entirely on the negotiation of the five million loan. RAILWAY RETURNS. The monthly railway return of receipts and expenditure would again be published, as they had been some months ago. WAIKATO SURVEY. The Waikato survey might be carried on to a convenient point and then stopped, until the meeting of natives convened for the purpose of settling the whole question. RAILWAY TICKETS. Government could not at present adopt the suggestion to authorise the sale of railway tickets at post offices, and by persons authorised to sell stamps. FIRST READINGS. A Bill to establish an Elective Legislative Council in New Zealand (Grey) ; Elections Validation (Hall) ; to Amend Railway Construction Act, 1878 (Olliver). MOTIONS PASSED. Appointment of Committee of whole House, to consider an address to the Governor, praying that 17,000 acres in Seaward Bush be set aside for constructing Seaward Bush Railway. Appointment of Committee to consider what facilities can be given for the use of telegraph by the Press. TARIFF REVISION. The debate on the motion to appoint a commission to take evidence and report on the operations of the present tariff, with a view to such re-adjustment as would foster the various branches of industry, was interrupted by the 5.30 adjournment. EVENING SITTING. The, House went into Committee of Supply. Mr Oliver explained that a vote of £50,000 was wanted for prosecuting works required to provide labor for the unemployed to the end of October. £24,000 had been spent on works of that kind. They had 2,500 so employed, and applications were increasing. As the season advanced they expected that other employment would be found for many of the men. The works on which they proposed to expend the sum asked for were the Wellington-Foxton railway, Wellington reclamation, Otago Central Railway, and the Amberley extension. A long debate ensued. Sir G. Grey blamed the Government for having taxed the working men to keep them employed, whereas they ought to have taxed the wealthy classes for that purpose. He denounced the Government for pretending to befriend the working men on such unfair terms. 001. Trimble retorted by stating that Sir G. Grey constantly appealed to the favor of the mob. Eventually the motion was carried, and on resuming the House proceeded with tlie Orders of the Day.

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PARLIAMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 18, 6 November 1879

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PARLIAMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 18, 6 November 1879

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