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PARLIAMENT.

legislative council. .Tuesday, Nov. 18. In tile Council to-day there was a discußaion for au hour on the railway tariff, and another hour’s debate on the Triennial Parliaments Bill. All'.the other business was very unim- ♦ , * The Hon. G. M. Buckley moved his resolution re the railway tariff He asked Government to increase the rates so as to make the railway more profitable, and contribute to the' revenue of the colony. He believed the time would soon come when the. control of the railways would Have-to he taken out of the hands of the Government; It was a dangerous power for any Ministry to hold. Many members spoke on the motion, but. while they advocated a revision of the system, all spoke against raising the tariff. The debate was adjourned at 4.10 p.m., when the Hon. F. A. Whitaker moved the second reading of the Triennial Parliament Bui,speaking briefly in its favor. I The Hon. W. H. Reynolds opposed the Bill mainly on the score of expense. The Horn G. M. Waterhouse spoke in favor, and Sir F. D. Bell and Dr Grace against it. .Both. stud, that., seeing the Lower House had passed it, the Council should not reject it. The Hon. Dr. Menzies spoke in support of the Bill, and at five o’clock the debate was adjpurned till 7.30 p. in. At .Gie eveningsitting jh®. Triennial Parliaments Bill passed, its second reading on..the voices,.after several members had spoken for and against. ! Som«t minor business was cleared off, and Hie Council adjourned at 10 o’clock. AFTERNOON SITTING. Tuesday, Nov. 13. The House met at 2. SO. questions. - 'Mr. Ballance asked whether Government would lay. before the House any of the Law Officers , of the Crown respecting the fulfilment of the conditions by which'the Titanic Steel Company were entitled to a grant of 5000 acres land,.and if, ( Goyenunetit! Iwould bring in a Bill during the present 'session ,to remove any technical defects preventing shell grants frbm being issued. , , v'TIW, Rollestoh’replied that it riot nsual for Goverhnjdiit to produce <minidhs given hy the Law Officers, and that they were not prepared, at present to bridg i® the .Bill indicated. ' ' In reply to' Mr Stevens, . Major Atkinson said Government hoped tp thake |>fbrisioh oh the Supplementary ’Estimates for placing Fire Brigades in the .same position as regards capitation allowances as that held by Volunteers. ■ Mr Reeves, asked if Government would 'collect and forward to the forthcoming International Exhibition to be held in Melbourne, samples of the different btfnhraf .springs in the North and Middle Islands, together with an analysis of their h several medical and curative properties ? / !■> Mr. Hall replied that an analysis of theqe springs had been made, and.Govembient would communicate with Hr. Hector

with the view of making the arrangement proposed. Sir G. Grey asked if Government would he prepared to purchase locomotives built in the Colony at a price above the cost of similar engines imported from England, the' en.rines being guaranteed to stand such test as may be - required, and, if found suitable, would an order be given for 15 or 20 of such locomotives, for use on the New Zealand railways, and would the Government call for tenders to ascertain the price they can be supplied at? The Hon. J. Oliver leplied that the late Government had ordered sufficient rolling stock to serve for several years. In reply to Mr. Mason, Mr. Rolleston said that so far as he was aware, arrangements had been made for exhibiting at each Land and Post-oilice in the colony, in some conspicuous place to which the public had access, maps showing distinctly in blocks and sections all lands open for occupation, together with description of such lands, showing altitude, exposure, nature of soil, character of existing vegetation, and price or printed terms on which such lands may bo registered. He was aware that all these particulars wore regularly inserted in the Gazette” for public information. In reply to Mr. Andrews,

The Hon. J. Hall said that a site was being negotiated for the erection at Sydenham of a Money Order Office and Post Office, in accordance with the recommendation of Mr. Dick, Chief Postmaster.

, In reply to Mr. Andre m-s, Mr. Roilestou promised that inquiries should be made as to the necessity for creating a Petty Sessions Court in Christchurch, so that the Resident Magistrate’s Court may be relieved of Police Court business.

In reply to Mr. Andrews, Mr. Rolleston promised to inquire as to the necessity for establishing a Petty Session Court at Sydenham, to hold a sitting weekly. NEW BILL. A Bill to amend the Maori Representation Act, 1867, was introduced by Mr. Tamoana, and read a first time. registration of electors. The House went into Committee on the Registration of Electors’ Bill. Clause 19 was amended so as to provide that persons objecting to names being retained on the rolls should deposit a sum of £1 along with the objection, the proviso not to apply to objections by the Returning Officer. A division was taken on a further amendment, proposed by Mr. Pyke—- “ That the objector bo required to substantiate his objecton,” with the result— Ayes, 23 ; Noes, 33. Mr. Hislop moved—“ That no objection be entertained, except it is set forth in the summons of objection.” Carried on the voices.

A motion to the effect that the price of rolls be Is. per 1000 names, and Is. 6d. above that number, was carried. The clause, as amended, was then put and carried on a division, by Ayes, 27 ; Noes, 24. EVENING SITTING. • On resuming at 7.30 p. m., the Registration of Electors Act was further considered in Committee. On the motion of Mr. Tole, an additional clause was added, providing for the transfer of an elector’s name from the roll of one district to that of another, in case of a change of residence. The schedule to the Bill was amended, adopted, and reported to the. House. REGULATION OF ELECTIONS BILL. This Bill was considered in Committee. The interpretation clause was altered so as to make the word “elector” mean a person whose name appears on the electoral roll as the holder of a miner’s right. Mr Turnbull moved—“ That clause 8 be made to read so that all elections would take place on the same day. ” The amendment was lost on a division Ayes, 30 ; Noes, 31. The clause as printed was adopted. A number of clauses were passed, with amendments, after which progress was reported, and leave granted to sit again.

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PARLIAMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 24, 20 November 1879

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