(per press association.) LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Wednesday, June 2. The Legislative Council, met at 2.30 p. m. question. Replying to the Hon. Captain Fraser, The Hon. F. Whitaker said that if contractors under tho Otago Harbor Board took contracts believing that the Government would pay failing the Board doing so, they (the contractors) would make a mistake and would learn a lesson. The Government were under no obligation to assist the Otago Harbor Board. motions. On the motion of the Hon. N. Wilson, a Committee was appointed to co-operate with the Committee of the Lower House, enquiring into the state of the bankruptcy law, to report within a month. On the motion of the Hon. Colonel Whitmore, papers were ordered to be laid on the table re Major Kemp’s dismissal. On a motion for a return, the Hon. Captain Fraser said he hoped Dr. S key would be appointed to supervise industrial schools. committees. A number of sessional committees were appointed. The Hon Captain Baillie was chosen Chairman of Committees. NEW BILLS. The following Bills, being part of the result of the revision of the Statutes Commission, were read by message from the Governor: —Adulteration Bill, Aliens Bill, Cruelty to Animals Bill, Compensation for Accidents Bill, Animals Protection Bill, Building Societies’ Bill, Juries’ Bill, Marriage Bill, and Married Women’s Property Protection Bill. They are all consolidations of existing laws. ADDRESS IN REPLY. The Hop. Dr. Grace moved the Address in Reply in a brief speech, in which he expressed the hope that all parties would do their utmost to help tho colony out of its difficulties. The Hon. G. R. Johnson seconded the Address. The Hon. Colonel Whitmore spoke at length on the Government policy, chiefly in its favor, especially as to native matters. He highly eulogised Mr, Bryce as the best Native Minister the colony has ever had. He criticised the Government finance, and said ho would further their efforts to keep
the colony out of its difficulties. Finance came before everything. Their house was on fire, which must, be put out before abstract questions could be discussed. He opposed the withdrawal of subsidies, but would raise half the cost of education (in which there was gross extravagance, M. A.’s teaching boys the alphabet), by direct local taxation. The Hon. F. Whitaker briefly replied to Oolonel Whitmore’s remarks and the Address was carried. FIRST READINGS. The following Bills were raad a first time :—Wellington Racing Club ; Land Transfer Act Amendment; Cattle Trespass and Pound Management; Fisheries Law Amendment; Dividing Fences Law Amendment; Compulsory Registration of Dogs ; Branding and Brands Registration. The Council adjourned at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 3. The Legislative Council met at 2.30 p.m. The Hon. G. M. Waterhouse gave notice that he would introduce a Rabbit Nuisance Bill. ■ Replying to Mr. Dignan, the AttorneyGeneral said the Government would decide in a few days whether or not to introduce a Savings Bank Act Amendment Bill. At the suggestion of the Hon. F. A. Whitaker, Colonel Whitmore’s motion for a searching investigation into the late Volunteer outrages, which the mover said had been grossly exaggerated, was deferred till Tuesday next. Five new Native Land Bills were'read a first time, and referred to a Special Committee. The Hon. Mr. Whitaker explained that these five measures, and three more to come from the Lower House, would comprise the whole ,of the native land law, and would, when passed, be made to supersede all existing native land laws. A number of Sessional Committees were appointed, and notice given for others. Several Bills passed the second reading. The Council adjourned at 4.30 p.m.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Thursday, June 3. AFTERNOON SITTING. The House met at 2.30 p.m. NOTICES OF MOTION. Mr. Bain nave notice he would ask the Colonial Secretary on what basis of calculation the Building Societies were expected to pay the Property Tax provided for by the Act of last year. Mr. Hutchison gave notice of the following question : —Whether Government would bring in a Bill this session relative to Chinese immigration. LEAVE OP ABSENCE. A fortnight’s leave of absence was granted to Sir. Sheehan on urgent private business. QUESTIONS. The Hon. W. Rolleston said at the close of last session instructions had been sent to the Agent-General that all immigration agents were to be discontinued, excepting Messrs. Reid and CJayden, who were under two years’ engagement which could not be broken. With the exception of females, all immigration operations on the part of Government had ceased in the meantime. In replying to Mr. Hurst, Mr. Rolleston said new regulations were in course of preparation relative to the Court fees under the Resident Magistrates’ Courts Act, 1867, so that a hearing fee would not bo charged in actions settled out of Court Replying to Mr. Pyko as to whether Government will bring down a Bill this session to prevent religious and party public processions. The Hon. T. Dick stated Government did not intend to do so; they relied upon the good feeling of the public in matters of this kind. RETURNS. Mr. Shrimski moved—“ That a return be laid before this House showing the number of days and the dates the Ministers of the Crown have been absent from the seat of Government between Dec. 19, 1879, and May 27, 1880.” The motion was eventu ally withdrawn. Mr. Shrimski moved—“ That a return be laid begorc the House showing the number of defaulters and the amounts due under the Land Tax Act, in each Provincial district, as on June 1.” Carried. On a motion to go into Committee on t e REGULATIONS OF LOCVL ELECTIONS BILL. Mr. George thought it would be better to postpone the Bill until the Redistribution of Seats Bill was before them, inasmuch as the provisions of the latter might to some extent affect the former. He also suggested an amendment that he would like to see adopted, which was that members accepting portfolios should be made to return to their constituents and at once seek for re-election. It would virtually prevent members walking over from one side of the House to the other for no better reason than to secure a seat on the Government benches. The Hon. T. Dick said that the Redistribution of Seats Bill would not be down for a few days yet, and it would be a serious inconvenience if the business—for, in reality, they had nothing more on the Order Paper to go on with—was to be delayed till then. Mr. Montgomery had no objection to go on with the first two or three clauses, if Government would agree to report progress. The Bill should be considered in conjunction with the projected Redistribution measures. Mr. DeLautour also spoke in favor of a postponement. The motion for going into Committee was put and carried. The sitting was interrupted by the 5.30 p.m. adjournment. EVENING SITTING. The House re-assembled at 7.30 p.m. On resuming in Committee progress was renorted, and at 7.35 the House adjourned. Friday, June 4. The House met at 2.30 p. m. NOTICES OF MOTION. Mr. Fox gave notice that he would call the attention of the Government to the fact that the prospectus of a New Zealand Land Company had been published in the London Times , with the name of Mr. Bathgate, R.M., Dunedin, as one of the directory ; and he would also ask if Mr. Bathgate went Home on his own private business or the business of the colonv ? Dr. Wallis gave notice that he would move that the franchise be extended to females. LEAVE OF ABSENCE. One week’s leave of absence was granted to Mi'. Turnbull. QUESTIONS. Replying to questions, Ministers stated that the providing of licenses for labor agents, with the view of employment, would be considered, but the matter was not likely to be dealt with this session. L 5,100 had been expended on the Otago Central Railway. The lowest tender for the improvement of the Auckland Harbor was in excess of the sum at the disposal of Government, but an outside wall for the reclamation would be gone on with at once, and a farther vote asked for the completion of the work. With regard to the disposal of the Maori prisoners, the term authorised by Parliament had not expired, but before the time expired, Government would make a statement on the subject; meantime, it would not be judicious to do so. Chinese immigration was under the consideration of Government, and if not dealt with this, it would be dealt with next session. A sum of Ll4,oooodd had been expended on the Hokitika-Grey railway. The Clive to Wellingford railway, via Kidnappers, had
been surveyed. Government had not yet received the report of the .Railway Commission, and railway expenditure would at present be limited to carrying out contracts already on band, and to provide work for the unemployed. The recommendation of the Native Affairs Committee re Jtiuta Mannahura’s petition was being carried out. Subsidies to local bodies were about to be discontinued. FIRST READING-S. A number of new Bills were read a first time. HOSPITAL AND CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS BILL. Mr. Hall moved the second reading of the Hospital and Charitable Institutions Bill. Messrs. Pyke, Shepherd, Montgomery, Stevens, and Sutton spoke in support of the motion, agreeing with the general principles of the Bill. The debate was adjourned at 5,30 to 7.30 p. in.
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