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Per our Special Wire.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Wednesday, November 26. There was little debate in the Council to-day, a large amount of time being occupied in Committee on several local Bills.

The Council adjourned at quarter past five.

The House met at 2. 20 p. m. OUT ON SUNDAY. Sir G. Grey gave notice that he would ast the Government if a man named P. Armstrong had been given into custody by the railway manager at Westport for being unlawfully on the wharf on a Sunday. FINE ARTS COPY RIGHTS. A message was received from the Legislative Council that the Fine Arts Copyright Bill had been agreed to with amendment. Mr. Hall moved that the amendment be agreed to. Sir G. Grey objected to the amendment, alleging that it was the commencement of a vicious system. Authors were asked to deposit, free of charge, copies of their works in certain public libraries. He knew of one case in which an author in England, when the system was first introduced, being mulcted in a sum of £I2OO in this way. If an author chose to send his works free, there could be no objection ; but it was absurd to say he should be compelled. Mr. Hislop moved the adjournment of the debate till that day week, which was carried. SETTLEMENT. Mr. Shanks asked what steps, if any, had been taken to have the land at Mataura reserved and settled, for the purpose of paying for the construction of the Edendale and Foxton Railway (being about 43,000 acres), surveyed into suitable sized sections, and thrown open for sale ; also, if they will be prepared to place a considerable portion of the described land in the market upon the deferred system. Mr. Rolleston said it was being reserved until it had acquired special value from its proximity to the railway. As j’et it had not acquired such value.

M |N Ms, Replying to Mr. Reeves, Mr. Oliver said it was not intended to appoint an Inspector of Mines for the Middle Island. A CAOL WANTED. Mr. Finn asked Government if (hey intend to erect a public gaol at Queenstown. In reply to which,

Mr. Oliver said the matter wouklhc considered in connection with the general question of distinct gaols in rural districts. MISCELLANEOUS.

Replying to Mr. Bam,

Mr. Oliver said Crown Grants would be issued to the Invercargill Benevolent Institution when the Society had been incorporated. Replying to Mr. Shrimski,

Mr. Hall said that the W. J. Hurst mentioned in the Estimates for the present year—Class 1 in Colonial Secretary’s Department—as entitled to £B4 for services rendered as Chairman to the Auckland Hospital Committee was a member of this House. Replying to Mr. Pyke,

Mr. Bryce said that £621 had been paid to Dr. Duller during the present year for services rendered as counsel for the NativeLand prisoners.

ASHLEY GORGE BRIDGE, Replying to Mr. Moorhouse,

Mr. Oliver said provision would bo made for completing the approaches to the Ashley Gorge bridge.

MUNITIONS OP WAR. Replying to Mr. Andrew, Mr. Hall said the papers of correspondence hearin ; <>n the subject of the manufacture of ammunition and war materials in the colony would be produced. Replying to Sir George Grey, Mr. Oliver said provision would not bo made on tiie Supplementary Estimates for a drill hall for the Thames Volunteers. SCHOOL OP MINES. Replying to Mr. Reeves, Mr. Rolleston promised that enquiries would be made as to the necessity for establishing a School of Minos in the colony. THE CONSTITUTION ACT. On the motion of Sir G. Grey, leave was granted to introduce a Bill to amend the New Zealand Constitution Act, 1852. MONDAY SITTINGS. Mr. Hall moved —“That, for the remainder of the session the House do sit on Mondays at half past seven p. m., for the transaction of Government business only ; and that on Thursday, Government business shall have precedence.” Mr. Macandrew complained that Government was desirous of occupying too much time with Government measures, to the manifest exclusion of private members’ business. GOLD MINING. Mr. Finn moved—“ That the House will to-morrow resolve itself into Committee of the whole, to consider a respectful address to be presented to the Governor, praying that his Excellency will cause the sum of £IO,OOO to be placed on the Estimates, for the purpose of encouraging gold mining industries within the Colony of New Zealand.”

The House di\ idcd —Ayes, 26 ; Noes, 22. The motion was lost. THE PUBLIC SERVICE.

Mr. Murray moved that a commission of five persons be elected by the House by ballot to investigate the manner in which the public services of the Colony are conducted, to summon witnesses and take evidence upon oath, and report to Parliament at next session, how, in their opinion the administrative and departmental business of the Colony may be so systematically organised and conducted as to secure efficiency and economy united to the requirements and means of the Colony. Mr. Hall said the matter would be attended to by Government, and he hoped on that assurance the motion would bo withdrawn. Numerous demands, made by small communities for all the benefits of a complete civil service, in many cases altogether unnecessary, were the cause of many complaints being made against the service. He hoped members would impress that fa;t on their constituencies Messrs. Turnbull and Speight spoke in favor of the motion, and hoped it would not be withdrawn. The latter said it was a notorious fact that men had been pitchforked into positions in the service in consequence of their family or their relations, for which they were utterly unfit. He did hope something would be done to remedy the evil. Mr. Macandrew said he agreed in the opinion, that if anything was to be done it would have to be done by the Government itself. If they would give the Ministry sufficient time, he believed groat good would be done : much more than could poasibly be achieved by a commission.

Mr. Murray said, that having directed attention to the subject, he would lie prepared to withdraw his motion, which was done. LAND FOK ROADS. Mr George moved—“ That the House will, to-morrow resolve itself into committee of the whole, to consider an address to His Excellency the Governor, praying that 20,000 acres of land in Rodney County, be set aside for purposes of constructing roads in the said County.” Mr. Seddon moved as an amendment, that the question fur consideration should be the granting of lands to County Councils for making roads. Messrs. Macau drew and Pyko spoke in support of the amendment. Ma Sheehan moved the adjournment of the debate for a fortnight, which was earned. Mr. Macandrcw moved that it be an instruction to Committee on standing orders to consider and report as to expediency of adopting a new Standing Order which shall provide that in the event of this House not being adjourned before the hour of midnight, it shall adjourned at half-past twelve without the question being put, the business under consideration to stand adjourned till the following day. In event of the House being in Committee of the whole, the Committee shall stand adjourned at halfpast twelve without the question being put; the Chairman to report to the Speaker at the next sitting of the House. The motion was discussed and carried on the voices. PROPOSED REDUCTION OF SALARIES.

Mr. Andrews moved that all salaries of civil servants amounting to £2OO, and over, per annum, be reduced by 5 per cent. ; and that salaries of Ministers and members’ honorarium be reduced by 10 per cent.

?-l”. liCi.l-ao If.lived ,t!| i.liiU, the number of civ I servants be reduced by 10 ]:or cent. The debate imerrii[»lo.l by cite n. dO adjourn menu EVENING SITTi The House resumed ar. ,*..‘;l). itt (Jotiniiitfe j ei the Who’e, to consider the <j ec.e :■ cl fliat tie’s lion-,, comcurs with the Goldiields Commii'ee im m the petition of Richard Reeves, ;n;.l others, of Chatkts.hm and Wesl]i eg, IN, 1sun Smith West Goldfields, and recom mends Government to make provision accordingly. Mr. flail opposed the motion. It proposed an expenditure Government could not afford ; and further, he objected to the Committee assuming for itself administratuo functions.

Mr. Macandrew supported the motion, and explained that half the interest, was guaranteed by the Hull r Comity, and would be stopped out of subsidies, and the other half repaid out of proceeds. The expendituie had been promised, and it would be an act of repudiation to refuse it now.

Mr. Reeves, Sir G. Grey, and Messrs. De Latour and Gisborne, spoke in favor of the motion.

Mr, Hall said the late Government had stopped outside the Appropriation Act;' and so far as they ware concerned, they had not the money to spend. This, and other works, would have to wait until the colony could better afford their cost. Mr Richardson suggested the withdrawal of the motion until the Public Works Statement had been made.

The House divided—Ayes, ol ; Roes, !. The motion was adopted. Several Bills were advanced a stage.

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Per our Special Wire. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 27, 27 November 1879

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