. LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Tuesday, Aug. 31. The Council met at 2.30. . It was announced that the Royal assent had been giyen to certain. Bills. The Permanent Officers’ Salaries Bill, the Public-Works Appropriation Bill, and the Genera],. Appropriation 8i11... were passed through all their stages, and the Council adjourned at five - minutes past four. . 1 ' ■ '■ ■• ' " HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Monday, August 30;, i EVENING SITTING. '. . ' The House resumed at 30... : • Mr. Speight; resumed the debate oh the Railway Construction Bill, which hejopposed. : The Hoti. R. Oliver said that if members would consent to / read the Bill a second time and with a view of bringing the session at once to a . close, Government would not press it further this session.
. The BilLwas read a second .time. . The Hon., R. Oliver said that in accordance with the promise he had made' he did not intend 1 proceeding with the Bill further.
The House went, into Committee on the Permanent Officers’ Salaries Bill.? £The Bill provides that there shall be deducted from salaries fixed and payable under the Permanent Act of the Assembly 10 per cent, for each month, commencing with August, 1880, arid' eliding with JFune, 1881. The Act does not apply to salaries fixed by the Governor’s Salary, and Allowance Act, 1873, or the Civil List ’Amendment Act, 1873, or to the'salaries of Judges of the Supreme Court, or to officers of both Houses of the General Assembly. ■ ■■■■■•■■■ . . . The Bill, was read a second time. , In Committee, : The . Hon./; W. Gisborne 'moved an amendment to make the reductions apply also to the Governdrls salary./ ' ;; • 1 The amendment was lost by 19 to 11. The Bill was. reported, read : abthird time, and passed. . The Public Works Appropriation / Bill was inttpducedj read a first', and - second time, considered in cpmunttpep read a third time, a n 4 passed; ' . ' , - The Appropriation Bill was alaq- passed through all its stages. - : , . t Mr. Johnston desired to place on record a statement of the amount of moneyspent by the Roman Catholics of New Zealand on education, and the number of. children attending their schools.. They represented one-seventh of the community, and they, naturally, felt very sore at the way-; they yrgre treated under the existing, law.,. Mr. j. 0. Prowß -complained that by :th§ Representation■ -Bill,; two -Taranaki districts, which did not together contain as many electors as his district, were <to be given double representation, ' Mr. Magandrew protested": against the late hours to which the House had. been forced- to sit, and against money; being voted at such hours. ■ Mr. Montgomery ■ gave a•- number - of reasons for considering the result ofthe session as exceedingly unsatisfactory.
Messrs. Barron and Thomson criticised the work of the session at some length,
* v* r T" ' • statiilg that the -re- B , suits .-.had been,: they, wouldv have been M much more so but for the assistance given by the Opposition to pass the few measures ™ that had gone through. ' . ■ The Hon. John Hall replied that there ™ never was a session when discussion for the sake of discussion was indulged in as at ■ present. The secret of the time being™ spent needlessly was that a more dis-,™ organised and disorderly set than the ™ Opposition had never been known m that™ House. The Opposition itself repudiated everything like a leader, and each man ™ appeared to lead himself. The member ■ for the Thames was one of those singular ™ men who could not lead and would not ™ follow. The Opposition had tried the ™ member for the Thames, the memberfor B Port Chalmers, and as a last resource they ■ had tried the member for Akaroa. Our-™ ing the recess it would be the endeavor of M the Government to remodel the Represen-,™ tation Bill, and base it on the soundest™ possible principle that could be obtained, They had adjusted the finance of the ,™ country—they had discussed the West* Coast difficulty—and brought a number of ■ other measures before the country, the effect of which would yet be felt in the ■ legislation of the country. ; ■ At 1 a.m. the House was called, when ™ no quorum was reported. There being H no quorum, the Speaker left the but will resume at 2.30 p.m. to day. t ■ Tuesday, August 30. H The House met at 2.30. ■ After a desultory conversation, earned on by Messrs. Macandrew, Sheehan, Sir H George Grey, the Hon. John Hall, and a lengthy review of the work of the session by Mr. Hutchison, the Appropriation ■ Bill was read a third time and passed. |B The Hon. John Hall announced that ■ the prorogation would take place on the following day at 2.30, by Commission. , ■ The House then-adjourned. H THE PROROGATION THE SES-1 SION’S WORK. ■ Wednesday, Sept. 2. . I Parliament was prorogued at 2.30 to- B day, , , I On the House meeting, Major Atkinson ■ said the report in Hansard of his speech fl on the Beer Duty Bill was so incorrect as B to be quite unreliable. ; ‘ I The Speaker laid on the table a schedule B of the work of the session, showing that' ■ 79 public Bills had been assented to, and B one reserved for the Queen’s assent; and B three private Bills had been dropped, ,B 383 petitions had been presented to the B House, which had sat 524 in 64 days, B giving a daily average sitting of 8 hours B 20 minutes. < 632 questions had been fl asked. The-following Bills had passed, B both Houses-. - — B PUBLIC ACTS. B Adulteration' Prevention ; Aliens ;fl Animals Protection ; Appropriation ; .fl Arms ; Banks and Bankers ; Beer Duty; ■ Bills of Exchange Procedure ; Brands and fl Branding ; building Societies!;? Census fl .Act Amendment; Chattel Securities ;fl Counties Act Amendment; Crown; Lands ■ Amendment i pruelty to Animals ; Cus- fl tops Tariff: ’Deaths by Accidents Com- fl .ipShsation ; Dejoeased: Wife’s Sister Mar- B rjage (reserved) ; , Dentists ; I :Qa,ttle Proclainatioii-'Validation j District I •Courts; Dog Registration ; Election ■ petitions : Act, 1875 ■ >i';-Exebiition Against Real ■ JEsftate ; Financial Arrangements ; High ■ gbools Reserveslmmigration and ! iblic Works* Appropriation ; Imprest I ■’gWfcply Nosl rl, and :4 Joint I Stock Companiest -Ac* , 1860, '' Amend- I ment; Land' Tran si er . Amendment; I Lodgers’ . Goods , „i?rotection ; Maori I , Detention £ Mairfiage,,;.:Married I ■M^meti y s Property-Protection LMercan- I Law; Corporations Act Native Lands Couid; Native Schdqjs Si&s£ New Zealand Uiuyetsity Reserves jLQtago Harbor Board ‘•Empowering ';?■'; Permanent Officers PffimnacyProclanaatidn Valid.Jttlfcm ; Property Assessment Act:?Amendyo&it, No. 2jt Public Revenue';.' Public h Amendment; Stamp Fee; Treasury Bills; Waikato Confiscated Lands; West Coast ■ ’Settlement (North Island). ■ ACTS. - ’ i- Auckland-Qollege and Grammar School; Bluff HarboV'Foreshore Leasing ; Canter- ' bury Rivers?'-Act. 1870, Amendment; . Canterbury Reads Ordinance Amendment Act; Caversha'rn Boroughs Incorporation ; Christchurch District Drainage Act, 1875, Hokitika Harbor Board Loan; Inch Clutha Act, 3,878, Amendment; Invercargill Drill Shed Site; Jackson’s Bay Settlement ;- ; Nelson Gas and Waterworks Sale Act, 1877, Amendment; Oamaru Waterworks • Act, 1875, Amendment; Otago Road Rates Validation ; Port Molyneaux Reserves Leasing Act, 1876, Amendment; Special Powers and Oon- ' tracts ; Sydenham Borough Council Empowering ; Taonui Ahautau Rangi Land ; Taranaki Iron Smelting Works Ladds Act, 1874, Amendment; Thames Water Supply Transfer ; Wanganui Harbor and Rivers Conservators Board Grant; Wellington Harbor Board and Corporation Land. private acts. Ashburton County Council Waterworks Act, 1879, Amendment, No. 2; Malyern Water Race Transfer Act, 1878, Amendment, No. 2 ; New Zealand Bank, 1861, Amendment. In the Council, on meeting, the Hon. Mr. Whitaker laid on the table a return of the Justices of the Peace who had become insolvent. It was ordered to he, printed. * The Commissioner? for the Prorogation ~Sir W. Fitzherbert, the Hons. P. Whitaker, G; M. Waterhouse, John Jphnstone, and Col. Whitmore—then sent for the members of the Lower House, and on their attending, declared Parliament to be . prorogued till Wednesday, the Ist Decem- | her next.
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