Thursday, Joly 8. The Hon. H. K. Taiaroa moved — “ That Lake Ellesmere should not be drained, unless the natives who were deprived of their fishing rights were compensated, as the said draining was a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.” The Hon. E. Whitaker said that as Government had bought the lake ho presumed they also bought the fish. There was no intention to drain the lake, winch would require : enormous pumps, but merely to keep down its level, arm prevent the flooding of the railway and adjacent country. . After discussion, the question was adjourned to Tuesday. The Council again went into Committee on the Deceased Wife's Sister Bill, and Colonel Whitmore moved that it should be thrown out. He stated he would abide by the result of the division. On division, voted for the Bill, and 13 to throw it out. , Colonel Whitmore then moved an amendment that all marriages already entered on should be validated and children legitimised. Several other amendments were proposed, and ultimately further consideration was deferred to Tuesday, The Hon. W. S. Peter moved that the Deceased Husband’s Brother Marriage Bill be thrown out. Carried by 12 to 23. The Council then rose at 5 p. ra.
HOUSE of representatives. ' Thursday, .1 hi# 8, 1880. Mr. M'Caughan gave notice that h§ would move—“ That next session of tho A ssembly meet in Christchurch, and that an address be presented to the Governor praying him to place the sum of L 20,000 on the estimates to defray the cost of securing the necessary accommodation. ” Replying to the Hon. W. Fox, The Hon. R. Oliver said an agreement was made with Mr. Conyers, the Middle Island Railway Commissioner, by the late Government in 1877, that he should receive L9OO a year, and if the working of the line were satisfactory, he was to recive a bonus of LpOO, Last year the bonus was paid on tho authority of the then Government. The Hon. W. Fox gave notice that he would move for the production ef all correspondence between Mr. Conyers and the Government relative to the payment of the bonus of LSOO. TECHNICAL EDUCATION 1 . Mr. He Lautour moved —“That it is desirable that Government workshops should bo made available for the practical instruction of boys receiving tuition for half time at one or more of the primary or secondary schools in their district. That primary or secondary schools, or some of them which may be so situated as to enable boys receiving instruction therein to attend half time at any Government workshop should be organised with the view of engrafting instructions upon the educational system at present by law carried out thereat. ” After discussion, in which the proposal was very favorably viewed, the motion was put and carried. CHINESE IMMIGRATION. At the evening. sitting Mr. Hutchison moved the secolid reading of the Chinese Immigration Bill,
In the discussion which followed, all the pros and cons of the question of Chinese immigration were fully ventilated, and when the motion for the second reading was put it was carried by thirty-one to twelve. The Fire Brigades Bill was road a second time, and was ordered to be committed that day fortnight. Friday, July 9. The House met at 2.30. PBJITION. Sir George Grey presented a petition from 900 electors at the Thames, stating that they viewed with alarm the decision of the Committee re the Christchurch election, and praying that the finding of the Committee, that Sir George Grey had not been duly elected for Christchurch, should he expunged from the records of the House. . NOTICE OP MOTION. Mr. Barron gave notice that* he would move —“ That, in view of the serious loss which the premature withdrawal of subsidies is certain to cause local bodies, which have made financial arrangements dependent on a continuance of the subsidies as fixed by Statute, _ Government bo requested to make provision for the payment of such subsidies until 1881, in accordance with The Financial Arrangements Act, 1876.” NOTICES OF QUESTIONS. Mr. Murray gave notice that he would as k—“ Whether, in reducing the Civil Service salaries as proposed, it was also intended to make a correspqnding reduction in pensions, more : especially in pensions payable to absentees ?” Mr. Aml rows gave notice that lie would ask—“ Whether! .the removal of tlie. Railway 'Commissioner s Department ■ from Christchurch to Dunedin was a permanent arrangement?” REPLY OF THE NORTH ISLAND RAILWAY COMMI-SIONER. The Hon. John Hall laid on the table the reply of the North Island Railway Commissioner to the Civil Service Commissioners’ Report. REPLIES TO QUESTIONS. Replying to questions, Ministers stated —That the Education Report was in the hands of the printer, and would shortly be produced. Government had not ordered any Volunteer uniforms from England; hut they had. sent for an estimate of the price, and, from what could bo ascertained, the estimate was likely to be 50 per cent, leas than they could be got for in the colony.—No instructions had been forwarded to Sir Julius Vogel to represent New Zealand at meetings held in London to consider the question of Imperial unity. It was agreed, on the motion o; the Hon. John Hall, that the House sit on Monday in Committee of Supply. Mr. Hall explained that Government had considered the resolution of Mr. Saunders, and held that it bound them to make a reduction of 10 per cent, on all salaries, pay, and wages, and this would be provided for in the Appropriation \ct; but while applying the Bill generally, there were certain exceptional cases in which it would not be right to apply the reduction, and these the Government would take the opportunity of excepting. As to wages, the Government found no injustice would be done in applying the resolution as in most cases the wages paid by Government were higher than those paid, by private employers for similar work. The reduction of ten per cent, would be made inclusive of a further reduction by the consolidation of offices. _ Mr. Hall moved the vote Postal Department, General Post Office, L 4000.” Mr. Reader Wood proposed it be reduced LSOO. Mr. Macandrew suggested that the Estimates should bo passed in a lump, adding that it was plain from what Government had stated that they considered the reductions were to be made just as they might think fit. . . Mr. Seddon objected, contending that, they should de discussed item by item. • The discussion lasted until the adjournment at 5 "30 p. m.
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