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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 372, 16 June 1881
NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT.
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Wednesday, June 15. The Council met at 2.30. A message from the Governor notified that leave of absence had been granted to Colonel Whitmore and the Hon. E. Gray, for the remainder of the session, A return of all money paid to Sir Julius Vogel from 1869 to May 1880, by the colony, was laid on the table. The Land Court, Extension of Jurisdiction Bill, and the Improvidence and Fraud Prevention Bill (Native lands), were brought in and read a first time. A return was ordered of all bonuses offered by Government, giving detailed information. A Joint Committee on Bills was appointed. The motion of adoption of the Address in Reply, was, after a debate, carried—and the Council adjourned until Tuesday, at 2.30 p.m. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Wednesday, June 14. The House met at 2.30. PETITIONS. Sir George Grey presented a petition from 493 inhabitants in Auckland re certain alterations in the constitution of the Auckland Grammar School. QUESTIONS. In reply to Mr Macandrew, the Hon. W. Johnston said the Government were fully alive to the importance of establishing! direct steam communication with the Home Country, and the AgentGeneral would be instructed to procure all information relative to the matter. In reply to Mr Murray, Major Atkinson said proposals would be made for increasing the number of lighthouses on the New Zealand coast, and that it was now the best lighted coast in the world. In reply to Mr Murray, the Hon. John Hall said Government recognised the importance of increasing the facilities for improved drainage, and would give the hon. member every facility to introduce such a Bill himself. Mr Murray then gave notice to introduce a Drainage Bill. CENSUS RETURNS. The Hon. W. Gisborae moved—“ That certain returns showing the number of different sexes in the population of the colony, and the excess ot births over deaths, the number of assisted immigrants brought into the colony between the year 1878 and 1881, also a return of the population residing within and without corporate boroughs (distinguishing sexes). Motion carried.
GRANT FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES. The Hon. W. Gisborne moved —“ That on June 22 the House resolve itself into Committee to consider an address to the Governor, praying that ho will recommend for appropriation this year the sum of L6,000.f0r public libraries.” The Hon. W. Gisborne then read the system under which the grants were, as proposed by him, to be made. The Hon. John Hall suggested that the motion should be postponed until the Financial Statement was made. Ho thought that the matter was one which might bo taken in hand by the districts themselves. Mr W. J. Speight accused Government of having been guilty of a breach of faith. Many districts had gone to tho trouble and expense of establishing libraries, and the sudden withdrawal of aid had interfered -with their operations to a great extent. Mr. J. Sheppard agreed with the Hon. John Hall. Captain Russell also considered the motion ill-timed, and considered it no great hardship to raise a few pounds in any district, if a desire for literature existed to increase their means. Mr H. Bunny spoke in favor of the motion being passed. The motion was amended so as to fix the Committee for Wednesday, July 13, and as such was then put and carried. THE ROYAL VISITOR*. Sir George Grey moved for all correspondence relating to the visit of the dcr tached squadron and Royal Princes. The Hon John Hall said there was only one short letter, which ho laid on the table. The Governor had, however, a private letter stating that the squadron would proceed from Melbourne to Auckland, and thence to Fiji, and no other New Zealand port was to be visited. THE ADDRESS IN REPLY. The debate on the Address was resumed by Mr Bunny, who said that the Government had done their best to pull tho colony out of its difficulties, but he blamed them for not dealing with the Local Government question, and leaving the administration too much in the hands of the heads of departments. He instanced the increased railway tariff on timber, and other mistakes, made without consulting district representatives previously; He
said there were 500 local governing bodies in New Zealand, and yet the whole thing was a mass of confusion. He would favor the uniting of several counties in one, and the chairman of such to be a member of the Waste Lands Board, and money should be voted to them to open up lands for settlement in each district. With reference to railways he thought a committee should bo appointed to go into the whole question of their management. He blamed the Government for not allowing Mr Bryce to pursue the course he proposed dealing with the native affairs. Mr Beetham spoke in favor of the present system of Government being retained, and strongly deprecated any return to Provincialism. Mr Hurathouse spoke in favor of the motion, and Mr Collins, on being asked, said he did not wish to reply. The motion was then put and carried on the voices. XiIOENSINQ DILI, The Hon T. Dick moved the second reading of this Bill, and said that as it had already been read twice last session the contents wore sufficiently explained. He referred to the fact of the legislation in other countries giving control over the sale of spirituous liquors, as being rapidly changed, and at some length spoke of the action of the American Legislatures on this matter. He quoted statistics to prove that the drinking habits of the people of New Zealand were more moderate in results than those of many other countries. And from this fact argued that the effects of temperance societies were beginning to bear practical results. After alluding to the various features in the Bill he went on to say that the Government had brought the Bill down early so that there should be plenty of time for its mature consideration and to accept any reasonable amendment the House might decide upon. Sir W. Fox would not object to the motion, but, at the same time, he considered the Bill was founded on false principles, and would do no good. On resuming after the 5.30 adjournment, Sir W. Fox said the Bill was a retrograde movement, as the principle had been affirmed of giving the people direct control over the traffic, but this Bill rejected that principle in regard to existing licenses.
Colonel Trimble argued that as drukenness had been shown to be on the decrease in the colony it showed that natural agencies had been at work to modify this evil, and that coercive measures, such as proposed by the previous speaker, were wholly unnecessary. Mr Speight spoke in favour of the local option system, and the Hon. T. Dick having replied, the Bill was read a second ti me. CHINESE IMMIGRATION. Major Atkinson moved tho second reading of this Bill. He admitted that the case was not very urgent, as the Chinese population was 200 or 300 less than it was in 1874 —but as the number had increased lately, and was now 4,600, the precautions arrived at in the Bill should be taken at once. Sir W. Fox said that this attempt to exclude any race was not in accordance with British history and institutions. Ho admitted some circumstances of a peculiar character against tho Chinese, but he thought a strong case ought to be established before they proceeded to the step proposed. Although the Home authorities had been induced to assent to a measure of the kin dproposed, still he questioned if this was not an infringement of the’ Treaty entered into with China. Colonel Trimble spoke in similar terms, and asked whether the Government would enforce the LlO tax on Chinamen with letters of naturalisation. Mr Turnbull thought that this matter was simply an attempt to pander to a cry raised through personal motives by a few who feared competition. Mr Murray thought they were all interested, having in that character intruded themselves upon the Maori.possessions of the crounty. As it had been said that New Zealand was specially adapted for the cultivation of tea, was not a Bill of this kind likely to burke such industries i Mr Fulton felt that he could notjsupport the Government in a measure like this, and was sorry that in a free country such a measure had been introduced. Mr Sheppard spoke in favour of the Bill, as it was a fact that the Chinese introduced disease and vice, and he denied that it was simply a wages cry, Tho competition created by Chinese was a most unfair one. Mr Lovestam spoke in similar strains, and was quite convinced that all that had been said about disease and vice was well founded, aud the competition side of the question was one they had a right to give attention to.
Sir George Grey supported the views of the previous speakers. Mr Whitaker complained that more notice had been given members. Ho argued that , the question was, whether British civilisation, which was progressive, should be brought into close relations with that of China, which was Tetroaadin<r 1 The Hon. John Hall thought they should take time by tho forelock and provide restriction, as the Chinese wore not at all fitted to make domestic ties, which was requisite to make them permanent settlors.
Mr Andrews and Mr Hutchinson supported tho Bill, and the motion on being put was carried on the voices. The House adjourned at 11.5 p.m.
NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 372, 16 June 1881
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