Mr. E.G. WRIGHT'S REPLY.
Hq Sefsads tko Commission and Attacks Government.
Telling Effect of His Speeek on tke House.
(By Telegraph from our own Correspondent.) Wellington, Aug. 13. Several useful Bills were got through at the morning sitting to-day, including the Canterbury Rivers Act, Dog Registration Bill, High School Reserve, and Rabbit Nuisance Bill. '■■■•■ ■-
The Fencing and Empowering Bills having attracted Mr. Seddon’s notice, were necessarily referred to a private con- 1 - ference of members in the hope that he may gratify his volubility in a more private sphere. Mr. Wright spoke for two hours this afternoon in defence of the Railway Commission, and in criticism of the Public Works Statement, and the Public Works Administration. .He spoke with unusual slowness and hesitation, and to a thin house : but ho made a very useful speech, and one that will have its effect on the country. He exposed some incredible rashness in commencing railways first, and making enquiries afterwards, and pointed out the suspicious manner? in? : u which the higher officers have recommended lines of railway . which pars . .... only through large private properties in single holdings in preference to those which would likely serve a population and a large number of small settlers. He told the Minister for Public Works that he was too much guided by the recommendation of the Commissioner of Railways for _ the South Island, and would have been, , much wiser to have acted on the impartial . advice of the Railway Commission. ,Mr. , Whitaker came in for a heavy rub, and altogether the speech was not compliment,,, tary to either past or present Governments, and was often interrupted by Messrs. Macandrew and Pyke. Mr. Wright was loudly cheered as he sat down at 5.30. Amidst the general cheer; Mr. Oliver maintained a very blank silence, q The extremely slow delivery will ensure the speech' being well reported 'in -flan ' sard, and it will be found very instructive.
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