Tuesday, August 3. The sitting of the Council to-day lasted only forty minutes, from 2.30 till 3.10, and the business, besides merely formal and routine matters, consisted of the first reading of the following Bills, sent from the Lower House:—lmprest Snpply, Maori Prisoners Detention, Banks and Bankers, Mercantile Law, Chattels Securities, Bills of Exchange, Procedure, Arms, and Census Act Amendment. The Hon. W. H. Reynolds gave notice for a return of all who draw petitions from the New Zealand Government, the _ amounts, and for what services they were awarded. v The Hon. N. Wilson gave notice to ask what the Government intend to do re purging of the J.P. roll, and for a return of all JJ.P. gone insolvent in the last ten months. Ah adverse committee report was brought up on the Oamaru Harbor Bill. The Port Molyneux Reserves Leasing Act was read a second time, and the Pharmacy Bill recommitted and further amended.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Monday, August 2. EVENING SITTING. The House met at 7.30 p.m. The Hon. J. Bryce moved the second reading of the Native Lands Frauds Prevention Bill. The motion was agreed to. The Hon. J. Bryce moved the second reading of the Native Succession Bill. . The motion was agreed to. ' The House then went into Committee bn the Native Lands Court Bill. Major Te Wheoro moved the insertion f an additional clause in the Bill, to the effect that before any case went into the Native Land Court it should bo submitted to a Native Committee appointed for the purpose. The Hon. J. Bryce opposed the amendment on the ground that it would lead to very great confusion. On the proposal to postpone the clause the addition of which was proposed, Mr. Hall skid that if it was only with the desire to consult with the Native Minister that the postponement was wanted, before passing the clause, the • Native Minister would be prepared to
meet the Maori members to-morrow, and make such concessions as he possbly could before the final passing of the Bill. If members were earnest in their professions that would be deemed quite enough. Mr. Moss said that what they had to complain of was the utter indifference with which their appeals were treated by Ministers. Not one word was vouchsafed to them in reply to their appeals, as if these appeals were utterly unworthy of notice. He was sure that the members, lying asleep as they were on the Government benches, would not submit to be treated in that way if they were in opposition. He held in his hand a closely printed sheet of double demy, which he would read for their benefit. Amid cries of “ Speak up,” and “ Go on,” the member said he Avould read it again. Mr. Allwright said this was an example of what the great Liberal party could do. They had been ten weeks in session, and yet they had done nothing. In fact, this great Liberal party would not allow them to do anything, practically. Mr. George rose to a point of order, which the Chairman ruled.
Mr. Lundon said it was now past two o’olock, and if Government had no consideration for itself, he hoped it would consider the state of the House and the time of night. Mr. Seddon said that the Bill had been before the House for a considerable time, and they ought to have had their proposals on the Order Paper, so as to have the question fairly considered by the House. He proposed an adjournment for half an hour, with a view of ascertaining if any arrangement could be arrived at. Sir George Grey said the Maoris had asked for a consideration which he thought was perfectly reasonable. There was no attempt to coerce Government; but, oh the contrary, Government desired to trample on the rights of what he admitted was a minority in the House. Mr. George moved that progress be reported. The House divided—Ayes, 13 ; Noes, 28. The Chairman leR the chair for half an hour, on a resolution. At 3 a.m., Mr. Speight said that if the natives were satisfied no one would oppose the Bill. The Hon. J. Bryce said if they would allow the clause to pass, Government would consent to the recommittal of the Bill to test any question of amendment the native members might bring forward. The proposed additional clause was withdrawn. Clause 16 was then put and agreed to, and the Bill was reported as amended. The House rose at 3.30 a. m. Tuesday, August 3. The House met at 2.30 p.m. Sir William Fox presented a petition against the retention of the bottle licensing system. Mr. Wright moved that the report of the Committee on the Ashburton County Council Waterworks Bill be agreed to. Mr. Hurst submitted that it was most improper to authorise further borrowing by local bodies. He also pointed out that the security proposed was not by any means adequate, and argued that this was a point for the consideration of Parliament, inasmuch as that the creditor would look to the colony in the event of a local body not being able to meet t its engagements. The Hon. J. Hall said that the water was wanted for irrigation purposes, andthe settlers were willing to rate themselves for the purpose. What they wanted was to borrow L 50,000 on the security of their rates, and he thought it would be a cruel wrong to refuse it. The motion was carried. On the motion of Mr. Wright, The amendments made in the Malvern Water Race Bill w r ero agreed to. _ Mr. Pyke.moved for leave to introduce a Bill to amend the Education Act, 1877. The motion was carried on the voices and the Bill read a first time. The following also were introduced and read a first time :—:A Bill to Permit the Borough of Caversham, South Dunedin and St. Kilda to amalgamate (Mr. Barron) ; the Miscellaneous Native Claims Bill (Mr. Bryce). The Hon. J. Bryce said that the Public Works Statement would be brought down to-morrow evening. They would then go on with the Public Works Estimates, and having got them through, Government would state what Bills they mean to pass, and what they meant to withdraw. When 'the House rose he would ask leave to sit to-morrow morning at 11 o’clock. The House then went into Committee on the Native Lands Bill, and adjourned at 1 a. m. Wednesday, August 4. The House met at 2.30. The Ashburton County Council Waterworks and Malvern Water Race Bills were read a third time and passed. Mr. Pitt presented a petition from 124 persons residing in Nelson, against the imposition of the beer tax. Replying to questions, it was stated there were 16,000 descriptions of railway tickets, and the price could not be printed on each. —Railway officers in both the North and South Islands would be required to wear uniform on duty.—Government was not aware of any complaint made of bodies receiving public money not being open to the press. —Government did not think it desirable that all inquiries into misdemeanour of Civil Servants or railway officials should be open to thepress.—Government had not thought it necessary to make an exploration of the road up Heaphy Valley, between Collingwood and Karamea, as no funds were available for the purpose. —The'charge of cruelty alleged to have been practised in Nelson gaol on a prisoner named Thomson would be fully inquired into—The practice had been to make considerable advances for Maori lands which had not passed through the Court ; but it was now almost entirely discontinued. —Government did not intend io amend the New Zealand Institute Act so as to render the subsidies subject to annual appropriation.—Government thought it might be possible to establish some sysof rural police at a comparatively low rate of pay in such country districts, where it has been found necessary, with a view of retrenchment, to remove the police of the regular force formerly stationed there, so that life and property may have some protection.—Government did not think it was expedient to add to the Licensing Bill before the House provisions enabling persons aggrieved by decisions of the Licensing Bench to appeal from such decisions, such appeal to be heard by a Board to be elected annually by ratepayers in each district, and be called, “The Licensing Appeal Board.”—Speaking for himself, the Treasurer said he thought persons, between the closing of the books and the declaration of the bonus in the Government insurance should be allowed to participate, and that the whole system of Government annuities was about being overhauled by competent actuaries, when the report on the subject would be taken into consideration. —Government had the reports of the several Royal Commissions under consideration. With some of these recommendations they agreed, and to others they dissented. They would give effect to the former, and reject the latter. —Responsibility for the mal-constructed railway waggons lay with the Dunedin workshop.—Free public library subsidies would not be renewed.—Government would be prepared to bear its fair share of the expense attending the extermination of the rabbit nuisance on Government reserves and lands not leased.—The Government [offices and property were insured equally in all colonial offices in New Zealand. —Government had, in ac-
cordance with the recommendation of the Public Petitions Committtee ordered the prosecution of James Gilmour for perjury. A Bill to amend the Law Practitioners Act was introduced and read a first time. The Hon. John Hall announced that the Public Works Statement world not be ready until Friday evening. In Committee, the Natives Lands Fraud Prevention Bill was further considered. The House adjourned at 5.30. The Legislative Council threw out the Hospital and Charitable Aaid Endowment Bill.
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