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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Tuesday, June 28. The Council met at 2.30 p.m. The Medical Practitioners Association Bill (Hon. Dr. Grace) was read a second time after a short debate, and referred to a Select Committee. . 5 , The Hon. F. Whitaker moved the second reading of the Chinese Immigrants Bill. ' ■ '

The Hons. Dr. ; Pollen, Scotland, and Chamberlain spoke in oppositiott to the measure, arid the Hons. Wilson, house, Lahman, Peacock, and Captain Fraser strongly Supported* it. 1 At 4.55 the Hon. Dr. Menzies moved the adjournment of the debate,. and the Council rose. -

HOUSE OP REPRESENTATIVES.

Tuesday, June 28., The House met at 2.30 p.m. NOTICES OF MOTION.

Sir G. Grey gave notice, that he- would introduce a measure,- to /further; enable affirmations to be token in lieu of oaths: . NEW MBMBEBV ’■ ; Mr Weston, member for .the Grey Valley, was introduced by Messrs Beeves and Reid, and, on being sworn/ took his 'seat. Mr Wright gave notice that he would move the appointment of a committee to inquire into the financial position, &c., of the New Plymouth Harbor Board, its relation to the public- creditors and position generally. Mr Ballance gave notice that he would ask if the Government intended to introduce any measure with the view of reducing the dog tax.; ; - i- r - THE VOLUNTEER CAPITATION.

Mr Tole asked—(l) If the Government . intend this session to make provision for restoring. the capitation allowance to! voir lunteeta, or in lieu thereof to give them assistance for clothingand paying legitimate expenses.'*-If the Government will order an'encampment of all volunteers ih each'provincial district for instruction in combined' movements^'and devise; other means, of. improving the volunteer corps generally:—The Hon W. Rolleston 'said that ' he 'understood the question’ was tabled- -more as a suggestion than for'any ether purpose/ The Govern-' ment wpuld-'be prepared to; accept it.as such in framing their financial proposals. ’ THE TBLEbBAPHJSTS’STRIKE,, ' Mr Stewart : asked Why the Government forwarded to thotelegraphdepartments in . the Australian colonies? the dames of operators who Were alleged to have; taken part - in the strike in this colouy,-and whether any reply was received to the communication.sent.—The Hon W., John-: feton said that under the - , strike a nurhber of operators went; out.- ,-;A day or . two afterwards most.of, .them petitioned to -be allowed, to: return to their work, and the Government generously allowed them to do so, with the exception of a few who were ringleaders in the strike!. The names of these men who had used their,, position to venture in the attempt < to gep more money out of the public c funds; were merely sent to the telegraphic departments in other colonizes. That was done ..with the sanction of the Minister of the /day. It was of great importance that the 'department should be protected from 1 such combinations. A strike hot only interrupted all business, but it seriously endangered the public safety in the matter of railway communication. MISOELTiAHEOtTS QUESTIONS. , In reply to other questions, it was stated :—The propriety of securing united ‘action amongst the Australian colonies in bringing to justice men who desert their wives and families had been fully considered by the Australian ! Conference, and measures on the subject had been posted by each of these colonies. It was found, however, that no colonial' measure could be acted on in Hew Zealand. " That, was the opinion of the Judges. Under these circumstances the Imperial Government had been asked to' pass a measure conferring the necessary powers on the . colonies. —Reports f6r ! classifibation of the land were being prepared, after which the proclamation of 1878, reserving land in .Canterbury,/.would be rescinded, and the land opened for settlement.—Government, had not, considered .the; propriety of establishing a School - of. .Mines at the Thames. In Dunedin' a .school of that kind had been established, and it had not proved a success. Only five pupils, in that populous centre had entered. The amendment in the law; dealing with juvenile offenders was one of grave importance, and they had not yet decided finally on the question, so as to prevent r children under twelve years being sent to prison for a first offence.—No correspondence had, taken place with the Postmaster-General of Eng-, land relative to the of a parcel post. The Hallway Department: had the question of a parcel delivery under consideration, but nothing had yet been decided. Information, had been, asked from the Imperial authorities as to'a scheme of parcel post they were reported to have in contemplation. . , ■ / smouihw' or BLEOTjtONs bix,i,. t ■' * . ; T&e Hon. v W. Johnston proved the second reading of the Regulation of Elections Bill. It was nierely 1 a ’ reprint of the : BUI’; already the. House, afid embodied all the amendments; made in previous sessions - Its leading points were that it extended the hours of polling from 6 to 8 p.m., substituted written nominations for-hustings show of handsj and proyided for the representation of , minorities in so far that in districts returning thrbe members rio elector could vote for more than two candidates! 1 ' , *‘ l

\ I "^..:O y jT Dr Wallis , <x)mplaW«r ! ’ , %li|rt had not given fall information respecting - the principles wffich uiu|eriied this fund - other measures of an character.. ■. ,fie criticised the Bill adversely. Mr Montgomery intimated that he would move as an amendment that' no person be allowed'to exercise more than one vote at a general election. Plural voting was not a question of the amount . of property but simply one of accident arising from the distribution of property throughout different districts, which con-’ ferred on any one man two or more votes. Sir W k , Fox.- agceed tbat the ahoy. hands at nominations was antagonistic.to the principles of the ballot, and ou§h£\KT be abolished. It was the meant of stultitying the ballot, as shown by representatives of-the differentccarididates ■ were enabled from hour to hour to-post up the number ,ot votes polled for&feta f man ; and it hot unusually happened thatf- * *• the figures were found to be pretty}. 1 accurate. The representation of .minpp- ; ties he considered an anomaly, and contended that majorities ought to rule., ; Mr 'Stevens spoke in favor'of the prb- l> ‘ posal to extend the hours of-polling.to- * i! eight o’clock. He /did not; know -upon what; principal minorities should have representatlbOJ T; He would do.aU ■/- -to prevent, a prp vision of the kind pppoar-• ihg-in the Statute .JBbpk. .He could hbl; agree in the opiriion tliat it' wasirite* to restrain persons from exercising their franchise in mora'”than one districtsA A ( 1 contention of that kind wais 'sitbply the Upsetting of their representative system. Mr Speight was in favor, iof the- repten nr sentation of ipinorities,. contending,, feliat } :, dridef any circumstances such representotiveS would still be a minority in Parliament. 1 • 1 ■ ’•* Mr ; Moss maintained* that inidoHiiaai PI had no right to, have their . n . sented in Parliament. ' ’ 7 ' ' Mr Wood, criticised ;the c The proposal to make a deposit be forfeited if, ,» r candidate did nojt poll a certain number of votes, fwas * ridifch Idusf 7T It wds| a species of bribery to get men to ■ poll the' requieite number of votes. ; Many i--men thought their- views ; were;,in ,unison. with the public until they went to the. poll and found otherwise. These men to "f ‘ be fined LlO for their mistake..'; The posal to have all polls taken- on the day wasipraotiridly:absurd.. They not find.a sufficient number of qualified-..,, mien to * simply an attepipt by a aide wia4 vent the electors exercising more than .one. vote. | If that restriction was desirable, , he asked why was it that‘Government not the. manliness tp come, down and,say , so straightforwardly. He' desired to seb ’ a clause inserted making.,paid canvassers at elections illegal, and -wlian ! the' lime, came he would move in that directibri The. debate was interrupted by the" iiSOA i% adjournment > The. House. met .again” 7.30. ■ | ; 'DUNEDIN EXHIBITION. . The' Hon J. Hall said that, as formerly* - ej requisition had, been, taa9e r . to the; Government to facilitate Vdemmrts * ■*•' visitingthe-Indualrial Exhibition atlDtuif - i ediri. : The requisition -waa-f-signed by twenty-fbur members,. attdc thel Govesftia 3 ment had arranged ..to sand,. ■4pwn,..tb ! e Hinemoa, which would leave,.on. Thun-, 5 r day. If -any ‘ members who 1 had ' signed ' 1 the requisition changed their tween this and then 1m hoped they would' let the fact be* known/ in which*oaaO*ethift u V and mbre economical arrangements would be made./ ■, <; , •: / . > ; -r-j ; r; ; iBGULATION OP ELECTIONS BILL. The! debate was resumed on the .second reading of the Regulatiunk. of EiectidiiK r !! Bill. ; 'r' t Mr | Saunders riaid that 1 by during ‘ffway with public' nominations ‘they "' doing away with an .important factor in V’ the education of the people.- proposal was an adoption of the Old Country system. - It should be borne -in -mind-that-—-thel conditions were different- here. In England the l^emf-trasJbiuplj . feet, and there serious .imsturl>a»es occa- u siopally fook placp at* elections., Here hotta '" of these things existed. ' WhehHhti' pf bper tiinei r .qapie t he would '.mpye propoeial-be rojectedi lf r unisaccesafm , .thai he would; move . that proposers andseconders be ‘ ; well as jhe candidates.’ .’ ; ' 7 - t " ’ k . ‘ ui ' ; 7 Mr ! Bunny spoke - in 'ta,yar ef the expense.of electxtms- 1 nations were a step in he tfeeirefore hoped J that' the' would! stick to their BilL "Unless this difficulty wore adccessfully mafi, *8; Sh earth P the handing over the representation-pfjthe - countpy r -to. the wealthier classes. He ; also -spoke' in favor of the number of ‘ votes 'public 1 houses being' -dosai r on; i‘ el&tion daya ‘ The Hon. W. Johnston haying replied, • the motion was put and carried on the ■ voices. *5 Ar | ' ,The Licensing Bill Was_ &rther considered in Committee. " Clause 13. - <r« *- --The:Hon. T. Dick propbacKL/that it bo struck out. f ' ' Agreed to. c "' % '' Clauses 14,15, and.-16 were passed.v' \ Clause 17. r f ' Mr DeLauteur moved as an amendment that the, clausa r be altered; to d <?*^ ‘ ‘ Native licensing districts proclaimed by virtue of powers, jCpnferred.t jepon,*ytJie Governor under the Outlying Districts S4le!j of abolished ; 'provided that nothing herein contained shall prevent any person holding a publican’s license in any such district upon the day this Act shall come into force obtaining a renewal of sach,,,,. license, if the licensing Committee for fhh-‘ f / " district in which such abolished district/ - is situate is satisfied that. which such publican’s lioepsa lias been? issued is required, is-properly conducted and provided with, | tion for travellers, .provided- also ikstjr ; except as hereinafter proridedj-itshaH-ttofe- — be lawful for any licensing committee to grant any license Under - this Act to take effect within any of sqch abolished districts. ”• - 1 : ' ■ • , i 7 1 • c« J'/Oi >(*,

1 The Hbuse divided on the question that the clause" as printed bo" passed—" Ayes, 36; Noes, 28. The amendment was lost. danse 19 was passed with a verbal amendment. Clause 27 was amended in .with previous decisions, hotel, bottle, and billiard lioenses b«hgatrhck out, and accommodation house license inserted. • ‘ •' - ! 1 ; Clause 43 was passed . with verbal amendment. ■' • : '.-u Clause 62 was amended so as to read“any five* or more adult< natives.; may ..i----object to-the granting or. renewal of »;■■■■•• license.” _ .wrriK Clause 72, packet and wholesale licenses, was amended so as to read “ packet ~ license may ba granted at,any timejfithout*notice by we chairman "of the’ ucensipg! committee, and' -wholesale' libbahte- f may be granted at any time subject to I the sbven days’ notice.” > . Clause 93 was passed with verbal amendment. . ! * *' - Cl*use 96 was struck out. >; ;• i *The following, on the motion of Mr Pitt, was- added as a new clauses—'* An, .*> aceommo-datioji license shall; O v licensee to sell and dispose of , any in- . toxicatrrig liquors on the premises'thSreiri i specified, and such license -mayU>e granted \ on the terms of repairingor keeping in repair any road or bridge in ■ the'vicinity 1 i i of such premises, or providing good ac-' " commodation- for' travellers, 1 'or 'ott'-audlr ■*' <ef‘the former or such otbbr'ternfe as the licensing committee' shall ! think‘fit* in I*'- kv eluding the payment' of cebdirig L2O, to be- fixed by thbljceniimg committee.” ... ••• ••• ->ic!-Ha disl) •tMrj Barron moved the following nsw

ifcrson having ill hit pos : under his control, orselllng dr' contracting 'to sell or any labels appropriate and in* | the purpose labelling bottles j liquor, such labels not con* |; taming imprinted thereon in plain and . legible .characters the words ‘ bottled in ;5 5 IMir Zeelhud,’ and the bottler in using snob labels shall be liable to a penalty of F '■ not less than L2O nor more than LIOO, i/ and snohiabels shall bo forfeited. _ Any ' person who -having in his possession or - ‘ under his Control any bottles with labels ** affixed , shall'without destroying ;■ - such labels, make use ofsuch bottleafor the . purpose: of bottling liquor for sale, shall he liable to a penalty jot not less than L2O - nor more than L2OO for such offence; and any person knowingly selling or purchasing , such liquoTJUi bottled shall be liable to a like penalty for each offence.” The clause was passedProgress was reported, and the House adjourned at 1.6 atim - ■

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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 382, 29 June 1881, Incorrect date

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