HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Wednesday, July 14. EVENING SITTING. The House resumed at 7- 30. NEW BILL. The Deceased Wife’s Sister Marriage Bill was received from the Council, and read a first time. chairman of committee. On the motion for going into Committee, The Hon. J. Hall moved that Mr. Hurst act pro. tem. as Chairman of Committees. Mr. Macandrew thought that an older and more experienced member should be selected. He named Mr. Thomson. Mr. Shrimski formally moved Mr. Thomson to the chair. Mr. Thomson said he was not consulted as to his name being put forward on this occasion. He was sensible of the honor intended, but he could not think of occupying the chair unless he was called to it unanimously. He asked that his name might be withdrawn. Mr. Thomson’s name was withdrawn. Mr. Seddon suggested that Mr. Hurst’s name should be withdrawn, and with a view of at once ending the difficulty he proposed Colonel Trimble. Mr. Shephard appealed to Mr. Hurst to solve the difficulty, and decline to allow his name to be put to the vote. By that means he would prove his fitness to be elected at some future time. Colonel Trimble said it was out of the question that a mere routine piece of business should be taken out of the hands of the Government. He was sure that the Premier had no party feeling when they proposed Mr. Hurst. On the question that Mr. Hurst’s name stand part of the question, the House divided —Ayes, 37 ; Noes, 33. Mr. Stewart then moved the previous question. He pointed out that the division showedjthat there was a large proportion of thej House against Mr. Hurst. No man with any self-respect would think about occupying the chair with a bare majority of four in his favor. No one would occupy the chair who had not the unanimous, or all but unanimous, vote of the House.
Mr. Bunny seconded the motion. Mr. Lund on moved the adjournment of the House.
The motion for adjournment was negatived on the voices. The House divided on the motion that the question be now put—Ayes, 41; Noes, 37.
Mr. Reeves moved that the House now adjourn. Mr. Turnbull seconded. Mr. Hurst said the Premier had asked him to take the chair that evening. Beyond that he had nothing to do with the matter. He felt that he would have been doing himself an injustice, if he had, as he was strongly disposed to do, followed the example of the member for Clutha, and retired. The main objection to him was that he had seen it to be his duty to change sides. He did it in all good faith, but at the same time he felt that it was an injustice to him to try to destroy his public reputation. He regretted what had transpired that evening, and he now begged to withdraw from the position to which he had been voted.
The Hon. J. Hall said that the conduct of the Opposition forced the Government to insist on the motion. Now, however, that Mr. Hurst wished to retire Government would not object. At the same time he desired to express the opinion of the Government that the course adopted by Mr. Hurst bad been a dignified one. Mr. Reeves withdrew his motion for adjournment. IN COMMITTEE. The House went into committee on the Members of the General Assembly Expenses Bill. After a few unimportant clauses had been considered, progress was reported, and the Bill made an Order of the Day for that day week. The House went into Committee on the Dentists Bill, which was passed with amendments.
The House went into Committee on the Municipal Corporations Act Amendment Bill. Subsection .2 of clause 1, was struck out on a division by 27 to 20. Clause 19 was struck out.
At 12.30 the House adjourned. Thursday, July 15. Mr. Reeves gave notice to move that Resident Magistrates and Wardens be removed at least once in three years. Replying to a question, the Hon. John Hall did not think colonial printing offices could compete- in price with Home printers in the supply of telegraph forms, but would consider the matter.
The Hon. J. Bryce introduced the Maori Prisoners Bill, and asked for its passage through all its stages to-morrow. Several other Bills were advanced a stage.
A motion by Mr. George was passed that the House sit on Mondays, and the Premier said Government were considering the propriety of asking the House to sit at noon on Wednesdays, in view of the large amount of business on hand. Sir George Grey moved for the appointment of a Committee to enquire into the reason why six licenses were refused to be renewed to a brewer at the Thames, named Louis Ehrenfried.
A discussion followed, in which it was shown that no Committee was required, as the Public Petitions Committee was the proper tribunal to consider the matter. It was urged against this that the law really provided no appeal from the Licensing Bench, and Sir Wiiliam Fox said such appeal was available to licensees in Scotland, but did not work well. The motion was lost by 27 to 32 votes. The Hospital and Charitable Aid Endowments Bill was read a second time. The Otago Harbor Board Empowering Bill was in Committee till 1 o’clock, when the House rose. Friday, July IG. The House met at 2.30 p.m. Mr. Hamlin asked without notice, if the attention of Government had been called to a dramatic representation “ The Kellys,” which had been suppresed by the police in Sydney, and which was advertised to be played in Wellington to-mor-row, and if so, were steps to be taken to prohibit it. The Hon. John Hall replied that the attention of Government had been directed to the subject, but they had no pov er to stop it. In Sydney they must have had some special power. The House would be asked to pass a general measure to meet such cases in future. Replying to questions, it was stated that the compilation of Maori history was commenced in 1835, and while the compiler had been paid L 562 for sixteen months’ work, Government had no knowledge when it would bo completed.—The West Coast Commissioners’ report Would be printed in Maori. —ln Canterbury, a school had been established for instruction in Agriculture. It had a landed endowment of 100,000 acres, and was open to the whole colony, practically free of clisttgG* —Government vas in correspondence with the Banks for a renewal of the silver currency. The amount in New Zealand requiring renewal was about L 67,000. —lt was not intended at present to amend the Land Act in connection with deferred payment lands, so as to deal under the ballot instead of by auction, ' The Imprest Supply Bill for L 250,000 was introduced and passed through all its stages.
Mr. Sheehan stated that imputations had been made against him during his absence which, when he got the opportunity, he would be able to repel. Mr. Bryce moved the second reading of the Maori Prisoners Bill. When Government took office they found the west coast difficulty in an aggravated form. The L 55,000 vote placed at their disposal for road purposes had, notwithstanding what had been said to the contrary, been highly beneficial. Government had shown the natives that on the one hand they were willing to deal fairly with them, and on the other hand they were resolved upon dealing fairly. Before the House was again called together he hoped to see hundreds of persons settled an the Waimate plains, and the difficulty itself completely solved. After removing the surveyors from the plains, the natives appeared to think they were bound to resort to ploughing operations to assert their right. That was no ordinary trespass. Had they been brought to trial they would only have received a few days’ imprisonment, so they would have been enabled to return to their district in a body that would have been dangerous to the peace and order and good government of the colony. What Government proposed was to liberate one or two of these men from time to time. By that means they hoped to avert all likelihood of farther disturbance. There was a fair prospect of this difficulty being finally settled, and he hoped the House would do nothing calculated to destroy that prospect. Messrs. Te Wheoro and Tornoana spoke against the Bill. Mr. Stewart argued that its effect would be to deprive the prisoners of their right to apply for habeas corpus. Mr. Turnbull also dissented expresing an opinion that, if they released the men, and pointed out the reserves made for them, telling them that if they disturbed the place, they would forfeit these reserves, that would have tho desired effect. The House adjourned at 5.30
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