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PARLIAMENT.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

Fkiday, Deo. 19.

The Council met at 10 and adjourned till 11, when Mr. Whitaker said that, ns to the lines which had been struck out on the previous night, the Council was placing Government in a difficulty. ' Some of the lines were authorised by the Railway Construction Act of last year. He proposed now to so far meet the views of the Council as to frame the schedule so that their application should be confined to contracts already accepted. He would, however, agree to the item “ East and West Coast, from main line to a junction with the line from Nelson to Greymouth or Hokitika” being struck out, as it was a new line. A short discussion followed and the Bill was recommitted. Clause 21, exchange of land in Oamaru with Messrs Lees and Moore, was struck out on a division, by 8 to 9. In the first schedule the following alterations were made ;—Authorised rail-ways—-Line Waikato to Taranaki, struck out ; Nelson to Greymouth—sections Nelson to Roundhill and Greymouth to Nelson Creek, with harbor works at Greymouth, inserted ; Picton to Hurunui— Blenheim to Awatere, section inserted; Waitaki-Hurunui line—section Amberley to Waikari inserted, all these sections being already under contract. The Bill was read a third time, and the Appropriation Bill was passed. In addition to the lines previously specified, the Council struck out the line Waikato to New Plymouth from the list of authorised lines in the Public Works Dill.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

Thursday, Dec. 18. The House met at 11 a.m. The Appropriation Bill and Immigration and Public l Works Appropriation Bills were introduced. In Committee these Bills were passed. Clause 30 of the Public Works Bill was then taken up. Mr. Oliver proposed to arid the following in lieu of clause 30; —‘‘It shall bo lawful for the Governor in Council, from time to time, on being satisfied that the expenditure, on any of the District Hallways specified in the schedule hereto, by the company constituted fur the purpose of constructing the same, has been economically expended to guarantee upon such terms, conditions, and subject to receiving such security, as the Governor in Council may approve, the debentures ou mortgages to be given by any such Company for a sum in the aggregate not exceeding L 60,000 of the expenditure of the Company upon the construction and laying of any railway line constructed by them, and the erecting and building of any buildings and erections, and the purchase of rolling stook in connection therewith being the property of Companies. ” Sir G.’ Grey moved that L30,0C0 be substituted for LfiQ,ooo. In reply to Mr Barron, Sir G. Grey stated that if Ida amendment was accepted he would not insist upon specific sums being allotted to particular companies. The question that L 30,000 be substituted for L 60,000 was put and carried on the voices. _

Sir George Grey then moved as a

further amendment—-*• That no amount he granted to any one company in excess of the sum of L 15,000. Mr. Montgomery suggested that the amount should not be insisted ' upon, as Government would be responsible for wh-.S they did. ■ The Public Works I? • •/- ypoio-c-f with amendments. Friday, The House met at one, when the Premier explained the Council’s amendments on the Public Works Bill, and moved that they be agreed to. » Mr. Moss protested against such a national work as the Waikato-New Plymouth line, being struck out. Mr. Gisborne asked if Couliicil had power to alter a.Bili of this kind, a Bill having for its object the expenditure of public mongjf.. The Spedket said that without hairing carefully considered the print, he would say his impression was that the Council had the power. Mr.' Gisborne sajdhe was of a different opinion. The line Sn question was one of those an engagement to go on- with bad been entered into lurig-since.’ ■'S'hQ deter ruination not to go on with it was a serious matter, and onu whidh would tend to" estrange the He-conuluded by moving— “ That the House disagree with the amendment of Council, ” Mr. Bryce said he could not believe the previous speaker had auy good reason for the statement he made in reference to the estrangement of native?. Major Atkinson said Government regretted the action taken by the Council, but still he did not think it was serious enough to warrant the House disagreeing with the amendment. No practical (Ilf ficulty would be occasioned, however, and Government would recommend the House to agree with the amendment. Thetre could be no real doubt but this line as[* through line would eventually be carnet, and Government would, use endeavor to have the line surveyed and explored; during the recess. i Mr. Moss contended that he had just cause for alarm. They were spending the last of their loans. He would remind Government of the extent to which it indebted to the support given by the Auckland members, and thought Government should have shown more solicitation for the interests. of that Province under the circumstances. - ft would be a very great disappointment to the people of Auckland; in fart it would, practically speaking, be a serious bar to their hopes that this all important work would be carried out. ; {

Mr. Macandrew thought they would be wrong in acquiescing in the .amendf, ment by the Council, and it. sought to bb resisted. ,

Mr. Shrimski supported the amendment, and contended they had passed i number of votes there was no real intention of carrying out. f Colonel Trimble entered his prbteit against the amendment. It was unfair io the Minister who originally framed tlie proposal, as well ati to this House, V whom it was passed. It was too lite in the session, however, to hope they would be able to make anything like an effective resistance.

Mr. M-Lean said, he hoped Government would see its way to send the Bill back, and get the line replaced. It would make no real difference as it could not possibly be gone on with this year, and Auckland members would on the stump thereby be deprived of making political capital oat of the matter.

Mr. DeLatour said the line might just as well be off the schedule as on it, as nothing could possibly be done towards carrying it on this year.

Mr. Oliver assured the House Govern* inont would keep this work steadily in view, with a view to having it eventually carried out. All enquiry would be made during the recess with a view to collecting what information they could as to the best route to be adopted. The question was then put—“ That the House agree to the amendment.” Ayes, 22 ; Noes, 15.

Mr. Hall said that although he had voted wiih the ayes it was not that Ife agreed to the striking out of the line, but simply because he believed it would lead to no good result to stand out against the amendment at this stage of the aesiiqp. The line, however, was one Government would keep steadily in view, with Q e object of having it eventually carried into execution. |- The motion was then put and carried. On the motion that the House agrise with the amendment to strike out the East and West Coast Line Mr. Gisborne moved an amendment that the Hoi&s disagree with it. T Mr. Hall said no practical opportunity would be lost for getting the interests V>£ the line promoted* but under the circuitstances he trusted the amendment not be pressed. i The motion to agree was put and carried on the voices.

The Bill was then adopted as amended. At three o’clock the members of the House were summoned to attend the Commissioner in the Legislative Council. The Commissioners appointed were Sir W. Fitzherbert, Hon. F. Whitaker, atad Hon. John Johnson, but Mr. Whitaker was not present. The Commission being read, Sir W. Fitzherbert declared Parliament prorogued to Thursday, sth February.

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PARLIAMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 37, 20 December 1879

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