FROM OUE eWN CORRESPONDENT. Mr. Ballance’s speech on the Property Assessment Bill was the best he has ever made in the House, and the only good speech that has been made by any member of the Opposition against the proposals of the present Government. It contained some great fallacies, but they were well rqixed with grevt trq hs, and delighted his party much. Messrs Montgomery, Mass, and Turnbull were even worse than Usual ; while amongst the speakers against the Bill in its present shape were Messrs Saunders, Dick,- and Swanson, though they were willing to support the Government in an honest though unpopular effort to meet the liabilities of the colony. Major Atkinson easily defended the correctness of all his statements.
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