NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Friday, June 17. The House met at 2.30 p.m. NSW MEMBER. Mr Bastings, the member for Waikaia, was introduced by Messrs Ormond and Richardson, and took his seat. ADDRESS IN REPLY. An adjournment ensued for presenting the address in reply to the Ooverndti* • speech. On resuming, the Speaker reported that his Excellency had been pleased to receive the address and read, a reply thanking them for the same. . *,
NOTICE OP MOTION. I Sir W. Fox gave notice; that he. would move that the House committee ibe in- i structed to confer with a committee of the Upper House with the view begetting t|ie sale of intoxicating liquors bn the premised j abolished, and in lieu thereof to convert ; the apartment now used for their sate ihtb* j a tea, coffee, and non-intoxicating Refresh- j ment room. 1 LEAVE OP ABSENCE. | Leave of absence was granted lor two,- | weeks to. Messrs Sheehan and Moorhouse. QUESTIONS. In answer to questions, it was Stated the Government had under consideration as to what railway works should be proceeded with, and on coming to a conclusion they ■ would be prepared to say whether or not \ is . was their intention to go on with the Windsor-Livingstone lino, and that as regards the unemployed dependent upon the resumption of such works, steps were being taken to distribute them over the colony, so that they might be enabled to i obtain work. If the necessity .were urgent, relief would be given.—The Government had t gi yen a reserve to the County I Council in lieu of another piece of ground long ago promised to the County.—A Gaming and Lotteries’ Bill had been j brought down last session, and passed i -> through .the Upper House. It cud not pass this Chamber. A similar measure would be brought down this session, and Government hoped they would succeed in passing it. —The Govern meht had i not handed ever to Mr Thomas or any person acting on his behalfe, any .portion of the Te Aroha • block.,— Enquiry would be made lnto the coeuw-* 1 stances under which George Hobbs and Stephen Batchelor were committed.at the. iWaimato Resident Magistrate’s Court on. the 14th April, 1881, • for forty-eight hours’ imprisonment for refusing to, pay a, fine inflicted of L 5 5s to Michael' holme for trespass in pursuit- of game ; also upon what grounds, the act complained of having taken place oh a public road, the decision of the Resident Magistrate waa ■ arrived at. .
PERSONA!. ; Leave was granted to Mr Bryce to make a personal explanation. He said that he - had seen in a despatch from .hi* Excellency the Qovernorto the Secretary ‘ i bf State, recently laid en the table, a state-v ment which supriaed him. It would bel remembered that in January circum-; stances arose which induced fyim to retire from the Government. In dpmg TO h|o had made it a point of honor tb give ho‘version of his reasons for retiring to.npy even to his own personal friends. .His ' late colleagues were aware Of this. - 0 Well, he found printed in the despatch' referred , to; a statement • written by ■. ther in Auckland, apparently on Very day after hi* resignation, to. the fed- ' lowing effect -‘f J. enclose fertralbt .Emm, this day’s' N'M, Zealaixd HeraMj contaih-Vj taining what Is said'to lie Bryce’s plahatiori of hfs Caute,aiid alsc.cbmwientt which probably indicate the ’ ! opinion-«‘a ! ’ ‘ considerable-section ’Of the public.*” He Was aware that by constitutional practice 1 Ministers were for the actions—of the Governor, and he did not,know whether Ite y# B . *4 were aware of the contents of. this, patch', but they were certainly avrate of a the understanding that he was to 'remam * silent, on the subject.of his .resignation anti! a'proper opportunity. occiirred. J He r had no desire to say anything that would j reflect on his Excellency. If, however, he had, the power or the will to do so he j Would, instead of any words of his own,, , use the words of the High Commissioner/ in" respect of the conduct of the Inter- .. colonial Conference iA/ acting oh state- ' menis made by a newpsaper correspondent referring te thocouduct ofahigh.fnnctionaiy. He would merelypay . that having sent home such a version it was in Justice incumbent on the Government to give . equal publicity, to his cprrect statements,.. as to the cause of his resignation. > ; • The Hon. John Hall said that Govern,-* ment had no control over his Excellency . in connection With communications sent ; to the Secretary of State. The. Govern-, ment knew nothing abont the despatch or iiie inclosure complained of till long after; He (Mr Hall), however, was quite sure r that hone would object to Mr Bryce’s version of his designation being gifeir tH5”‘ fullest possible, publicity. .
CHINESE IMMIGRATION BILL The House went into committee on the Chinese Bill. On clause 4it was proposed that the penalty should be increased from LlO to LSO. On a division the sum as printed was passed." The following is the division list:—Ayes, 24—Messrs Atkinson, Bryce, Colbeck, Collins, Dick, Fulton, Gibbs, Gisborne, Hall, Hirst, H. (Wallace), Hursthouse, Johnston, Levestam, Lundon, M'Lean, Murray, Pitt, Reid, RoUeston, Saunders, Studholme, Noes, 23—Messrs Allwright, *■Bain, Ballance, Fisher, J. B. (Buller), Fisher, J. T. (Heathcote), Sir W. Fox, Messrs Harris, Hutchison, Jones, Kelly, Macandrew, f Mason, Montgomery* Moss, Ormond,Richardson, Russell, Sheppard, Speight, Stevens, Sutton, Thomson, Tola* Whitaker. The Bill was reported with amendments.
The House adjourned at 5.30, and resumed at 7.30 p.m. LICENSING BILL. On the motion for committing this Bill,' : Dr Wallis addressed the House at length, Urging claims for compensation where licenses wore abolished by local option, and freely criticising the provisions of the Bill.Sir W. Fox regretted that Dr Wallis had re opened the discussion before going into committee, and replied .to many remarks made by Dr Wallis. Mr Jones thought that the questipii.of local self government had cropped up in every measure that had been brought . before the House this session, and he considered that the matter they were then discussing was one that should be relegated to local public bodies to deal with. The House then went into committee on the Bill. Clauses 1 to 11 were passed as printed. On clause 12, sub-section 1, Sir W. Fox proposed as an amendment—“Thattim licensing committee shall consist of per-; 0 sons who shall be annually elected by the ratepayers of the district,*’ , ~ On a division, 19 voted for the clause as. printed, and 34 for the amendment. Ayes; 19—Messrs Atkinson,' Brandon, , Colbeck, Collins, Dick, Gibbs, Hall, Hursthouse, Johnston, Kelly, Leveatam, Pitt, Reid, Rolleston, Stevens, Studholme, t Sutton,'Trimble, White. -- . M ' Noes, 34—Messrs Andrews, Bain, Bal-. lance, Barren; ' Bastings, . DeLautbur, 3 Fisher, J. T., Sir W: Fox/Messra Fulton,' 7 Gisborne, Sir G. Grey, MfISW Harris,. Hutchison, Jones, Levin, Lundon, MaiU- > aiidrew, McLean, . Montgomery, : „> Murray, Ormond, ; Richardson, Russell, i Saunders, Sheppard, Speight, Swanson, TawHia, Te WheOro, Thomson;. Tola, Wallis, Wodd; The, remainder’ of the sub-sections,'of j the clause' Were Struck 6Ut, and the clause as amended was then passed* .
- Mr Bastings.proposed to cUl'.x i-ut clause 29, family hotels license. The Honse divided. For the clause as 1 printed, 10; against, 27. '> Clause 30—Effect of club licenses. Mr Leveatam moved—“ That the hours . for 1 the sale of liquor be restricted from six in the morning to twelve at night. ” * ’ After oonnderrble discussion this was } agreed to on the voices, and "the clause as ' amended passed. At 12.16 a.m. progress was reported, „ gpd the House adjourned.
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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 374, 18 June 1881
NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 374, 18 June 1881
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