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PARLIAMENT.

!• - * ; *■ • : NNi'ATI .'NS. ‘‘-.iv- V. V..\ (J, ‘■PTENN lON SITTING. Till. i1....60 l:u;i at 2.30. FEMALE FRANCHISE. Colonel Trimble gave notice that he would move—“ That women of the age of 21, whose names are entered on the Ratepayers’ Roll should be placed on the Electoral Roll.” QUESTIONS. In reply to questions, it was stated that aportion of the first instalment of the Land Tax only had been collected, and as the time had expired, fresh legislation would be necessary for enabling the collection of the remainder. Five hundred acres of reserves had been gazetted as an endowment of the Borough of Kumara, and no further reservation could be made under the Act. Government would consider means for providing townships, with less householders than required by the Municipal Act, with governing bodies. Government did not intend to give effect to the recommendations made by the AgentGeneral for altering his designation to that of Resident -Minister. Government had under consideration a proposal to place a a ini on the Estimates for police station j and ;;.M. Court at Lyttelton. Government lid not. propos to app nut a Minister of Mines with an independent portfolio. T.IE PRISONEK WORHAN, The adjourned debate was resumed on the fjuos ion that the Speaker issue his warrhut for the production before the Native Affairs Committee, of Worgan, a prisoner in the Wanganui Gaol. The lion J. Hall said that Government still i uainiained to,at further infora afion I shoub! have beer, given before the motion was made. Mr Moss said it would be the duty of the Committee to resign if interfered with by the Government or the House. Mr Speight thought Government should have been prepared to make the question a Ministerial one. Mr Hamlin, Chairman of the Committee, gave particulars of the action taken by the Committee and other information relative thei eto. Mr Moorhouse understood that the Speaker’s warrant would be worthless under the cl’vumstancos.

Mr Ormond argued that the matter was one i' hi''ll eight to have been dealt with by a law covrt. He questioned the bona (idea of the case ; the petitioner Davie was a man of indifferent character. He moved as aminiendment- “ That a warrant should not be issued at present, that the Committee report on the bona fides of petition, and lie instructed to confine the inquiry so as to ascertain whether the petitioner is or is notin a position to defray the expense of prosecuting his claim in a court of law.’.’ Mr De Lautour said he had investigated the affairs professionally and could satisfy the Hooso of the bona fides of the petition. He contended the Speaker had power to issue his warrant for the purpose, and if it could be shown he had not, no time should be lost in getting the power conferred on him.

Mr Adams spoke against the impolicy of summoning witnesses from a distance at the expense of the colony, unless twothirds of the Committee concurred in the proposal. The Hon J. Hall said he looked upon the reasons given as sufficient to warrant Government in acquiescing in the application. The bona tides of the petitioner having beenfqnestioned, it would be necessary to inquire into that point. If the result was satisfactory, he could see no reasons why the application should not be granted. 'Die debate was interrupted by the 5.30 p. m. adjournment.

EVENING SITTING. The debate was resumed at 7.30 p.m., by Mi Turnbull, who stated that Government would vote for the motion. Mr M’Lean said this was a case ten years old, and it ought to have been tried by a Special Committee, and not left to the disposal of the Native Affairs Committe. He would, however, support the motion.

Mr Macandrew said that if the amendment were carried, the effect would he to shelve the whole proceeding.

Mr Dick said the action of certain members would have the effect of taking the work off the hands of the Committee, which, considering that the Committee was appointed by the House to do the work, was unfair. He would support the motion.

Mr Sutton said he had no idea until that evening that such a charge could be made against him. The real purpose was to get the balance of a sum of £17,500. He wished the matter to be fairly and fully investigated.

On a division the amendment was lost by 44 to 21. Ayes, 21.—Messrs Atkinson, Bain, Beetham, Driver, Gibbs Hall, Hursthouse, Mason, McLean (teller) Oliver, Ormond (teller), Rolleston, Russell, Seymour, Stevens, Studholme, Trimble, Whitaker, Willis, Wright. Noes, 44—Messrs Adams, Allwright, Andrews, Ballance, Baron, Bryce, De Lautour (teller), Dick, Finn, Fulton, George, Gisborne, Hamlin (teller), Harris, Hislop, Hurst, Hutchison, Ireland, Kelly, London, Macandrew, M'Donald, Montgomery, Moorhouse, Moss, Murray, Pyke, Reeves, Reid, Sodden, Shanks, Sheehan, Sheppard, Speight, Swanson, Tainui, Tawhai, Te Wheoro, Thomson, Tole, Tamoana, Turnbull, Wallis. HOLIDAY MAKING. The Hon. John Hall announced that for the convenience of members desirous of visiting the Christchurch Pastoral Show, the Hinemoa would leave Wellington tomorrow evening, after the House was over, returning from Lyttelton on Tuesday night, but there would be no adjournment of the House. PROGRESS OF BILLS. The Manakau Recreation, Christchurch Drill Shed Reserve, and Now River Pilot Station Reserve Bills were read a third time, and passed. The Imprisonment for Debt Abolition Bill was considered in Committee, and progress was reported. The situation of Onehunga Water Reserve Rill was passed. The Licensing Act Further Amendment Bill was considered in Committee, and progress was reported.

Friday, Nov. 7. i AFTERNOON SITTING. i { THE PRISONER WORD AN. b V II , :.- t . mat at 2.30. The Speaker reported the arrangements omplyted for hring’ng the prisoner Worgan from Wanganui, to bo examined by the N.it ve Allah's Committee. HABITUAL DRUNKARDS. Replying to a question, it was stated that Government desired further information before introducing a Bill dealing with habitual drunkards. RAILWAY WORKSHOPS. Government had not yet accepted a tender, not having finally decided upon a site, for the railway workshops at New Market. A tender had been provisionally accepted, hut for prudential reasons Government had since abandoned that intention. RAILWAY BENEFIT SOCIETIES. It was optional on the part of railway servants leaving the service to continue their connection with a Railway Benefit Soc'etv or not. There was a rule which obliged rail wav employees on Si nth Island lines to belong to the Railway Renofit Society, but not more than half (ho number been conneate 1 with the society. THE WORKSHOPS AT DUNEDIN. Preparations for erecting railway workshops at Dunedin similar to those at Add ugtou we"o ho* ngniahj, and additions tv. the nil wav motion wore in progress. IW AITOV ABA RAILWAY. The contract time ft-r completing the "Vt da-a contract, of the Wanganui-Fatea line expired on Ah December, and the contractor bad been warned that the penalty would be enforced if work the was not completed. No communication had V-en found from T 'owi nr oth"r natives relative to the extendon of the main line from Auckland to Lake Tanpo, thence to the West Coast, a 'd the practicability of the route would he tested. A OO.AL TAX. Government had under conside-r.tior: a recommendation to impose a doty on ,vl coal imported into the colony. A TAX ON HOPS. Government had under consideration the propriety of complying with the pr-’ver of a petition from hop growers in Nelson that the dutyon imported hops be increased. NEW RILLS. The following Bills were introduced ; To authorise Governors of High Schools t/> realise on reserves and endowments, and provide for the investment of proceeds ; Sheriffs’ Act 185'i, Amendment Bill ; to facilitate and encourage the imnrovement of landby drainage ; the Southland High Schoob

TRIF.NKIAT, P* RLTAMTSVTS. The Triennial Parliaments Bill was rea i\ a third time, and passed.

OTJAT.TFTOATION OF RT.FPTOBS 81T.1.. The Qualification of Electors Bill was further considered in Committee.

Mr Montgomery moved that clause 1 bo made to read “ That no person should be ent.itiled to exercise more than one vote.”

Mr Moss made a further amendment—- ‘ • That ever yin an of 21 years, being a British subject, residing one year in the colony, or one month ’-i the district, should be , entitled to registration, and 1 hat in the event of an elector leaving home on pleasure or business with the intention of returning again, his qualification should remain good.” The debate was interrupted by the 5.30 adjournment. EVENING SITTING. Immediately on resuming progress was was reported on the Qualification of Electors Bill. The Hon. Mr Hall moved the second reading of the Election Validation Bill. It sought to validate the elections <>f Messrs Col beck and Tawhai, doubts having arisen thereon. The motion was carried, and the Bill was considered in Committee.

Mr Andrews complained that in tlui case of Sir George Grey no attempt had been made to validate his election and charged Government with partiality towards Mr Colbeck, one of their supporters.

Sir George Grey reiterated the charge, adding that if the Bill passed he would move that the finding of the Christchurch Election Committee he quashed. Government had made this a party question which was reprohensive. Mr Hall denied having done so, and referred to Mr Gisborne who had paired on the vote with a Government supporter.

Mr Gisborne stated that Mr Hall had distinctly stated it was not a party question.

The Bill was reported with the addition of Major Te Whero’s name to the schedule of the Bill, which was read a third time and'passed. The Qualifications of Electors Bill was further considered in committee.

Mr Montgomery’s amendment to confine each elector to one vote in the Colony, was negatived, on a division of 30 to 25. Ayes—2s ; Ballance, Barron, De Lautour, Dick, Fisher (Heathcote), Sir G. Grey, Harris, Hutchison, London, Macauili'ew, Macdonald, Montgomery, Moss, Beid. Seddon, Shanks, Sheehan, Shepherd, Speight, Tainui, Tawhio, Te Where, Tole, Trimide, Turnbull.

Noes, 30.—Adams, Atkinson, Bain, Brandon, Bryce, Colbeck, Diver, Gibbs, Hall, Hamlin, Hursthouse, Johm-t >n, Kelly, Levin, M‘Lean, Murray, Oliver, Ormond, Pitt, Rolleston, Saunders, Stevens, Sutton, Swanson, Tomoana, Wallis, Whyte, Willis, Wright, Richardson.

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PARLIAMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 19, 8 November 1879

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