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Thubsdat, June 30.

_ The Council met at 2.30 p.m. ' Replying to the Hon Dr Monzies, ' ■ The Hon. F. .Whitaker said the Government were considering the question of altering the constitution of the Council, but had arrived at no final'determination, " , and would .not until the Financial Statement had been disposed of, finance taking all the Government's time at preMat. " ■

.Replying to the Hon. Hr Menzies, £ : ' The Hon. F. Whitaker said.tho Government would not introduce a Bankruptcy Bill this year, but if the joint committee . , which' .dealt' with ' the question last year , Wouldconsider the new English Bill just i‘ reCeived,snd introduce a Bui based on it, he would do his best to help pass it. ■ The Banks and Bankers Act, 1880, Amendment BUI (Hon. F. Whitaker) was JL read a first time, and the Gaming and potteries Bill a second time. ■;t ,At,7threo the Council adjourned till Tuesday. ' v, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ||r Thxtbsdat, June 30. • BEPOBTS. "*■' The report on the Otago Bible-in- --- Schools Association Petition was proi - dneed, refusing to recommend the prayer ' .thereof. QPBSTIOIfS. . In reply to questions it was stated:— Government knew of no circumstance to jnstify the question calling upon Governni«nt ■ to explain why, under the railway .tariff a truck load of timber being charged 10d per mile for the first saventy- . five milefsand reduced to 2^d- per mile the , bybeing raised to fid per mile for any further distance.—Proposals were under consideration for securing a Resident Magistrate at Nelson whose services would i be«available whenever required.—lt was not the intention ■ of the Government to introduce a Bill this session dealing with sentences remissions, powers of gaolers, punishments,, etc., and other general prison reforms, j, ‘ ’ - KBW BIILB. Leave .was granted .to Sir G. Grey to i ■ Introduce * a 'Bill prdviding for the ostab- ; lishment of a better .system of local self -- government.; The Bill was read a first :.tiine,r, and bh the motion that its siecond reading be fixed for July 13th, be exphuned tTiat he bad purposely fixed on a distant dfte* As" he J was anxious to afford the Government an opportunity for stating what-they proposed , doing in the matter, ;■ a proteose having .been given that they ’ intended taking action in regard to it. In reply, to a question put by the Premier, Sir G. Grey said that he would lay- .-draft.- oa the table so soon as he was informed what the Government financial proposals were to consist of. Sir. W. Fox argued that, as the date fixed for the secofitt reading was an exceptionally distant one, it was oqly fair to the House that members should have an opportunity for perusing the measure at as early a date as possible- ‘ The Hon. W; Rolleston asked the Speaker whether notice having been given ' amP&e Bill’read afiret time, it was not before the House, and as such members ought to have access to its contents. The Speaker replied that the rule was ' thatjso soon as the drafts were handed to : the deck they were printed and put into circulation. That was Ithe usual course, grid he saw ho reason why the usual rule should be departed from. e Thefollowing Bills 'were likewise intro''■jfa&tfrand read a first time To Amend ’■ Companies Act, 1872 (Mr I Reeves); To fkmble the Eaikoura County " Oonbwtte Reclaim Land from the Sea in the Harbor of Kaikonra and to Invest r such Hand in the said Council for Harbor <■,.Purposes (Mr Saunders); To amend the • IJiW Act,, 1877 (MrFinn); Borough of flftmilcnn Boundaries (Hon. T. Hick). ■ •** amcßLiANßotrs. The House Vent into committee on the ■: Wrflingtoh 'Queen's Wharf and Store Sale ■ f Oq clause 2, Mr HeLatour proposed, as an amendment —“That the money pro- - posed tube paidto the Council as puridiaite prfcAfOrthe wharf be devoted to the reduction of the municipal debt, and not ' otherwise. 4 ' '' The House divided, that the clause as id; noee. danse as amended was passed, , Mr Hatchison said that after the .change that had been made, the Bill was useless for ihe purpose aimed at. He - moved that progress; be reported. TheHousO diyided. Ayes, 10; noes, 40. The remainder of the Bill passed, together; with the Port Chalmers Cemetery Bill, was reported with amend- ■ ments. ; The following Bills, passed through committee, were read a'third time and phased: —Pbit • Chalmers Cemetery, Port - Chalmers . Prill Shed, Oamaru Harbor Board. - , .The-debate .was interrupted by the 5.30 : adjournment.. The House resumed at 7;90 ... - . ,• '!V<SMAXib SOX AT DUWKDIK. Mrßhrintaki asked, without notice, -' whei&errit waa the .intention of the Gorv«ewhen4' to quarantine or otherwise futni- , i mdethe members who had gone on a visit >’. that itOffio Hunedin in view of the small-‘>n-ptet outbreakreporled from that locality. Vi i TheiHott. ,W. Johnston replied that the i qufcstioWwas,one which will, have to be 4 dealt,with by.the Board of. Health, and Go- ■* «yi«nri»t had no power to interfere. |1 ,'SL , JOMCBIXAHEOUS. / M&ldscsndrew moved the second read- ■ VjJng, Reserves Veat- «*»«&.. . The zeDopnag orders of the day were ; i • • .postponed :%u.the understanding that i Wposed; motions should be i goneon wittu?& ; then pat, and ■roftjie Estimates column it%"is expedient jrm^wlart^te^a the turn of tSs^total

coat of conatrnction of the first soction of the Lumsden line. . Mr Shrimaki —That there he laid before the House copies of correspondence which passed between Mr Macandrew, when Minister for Public Works, the Agent-General, and some ship-building firms in Auckland, relative to the establishment of a direct steam service between Great Britain and New Zealand. Mr Montgomery—For a return showing the messages sent from the telegraph stations at which the extra charge of fid per message was imposed during the time the extra charge was enforced, together with the amount of revenue derived from such messages. Sir G. Grey—For copies of correspondence relating to the transfer of or removal from office of all judicial officers aiace the close of last session. The House adjourned at 8.40.

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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 384, 1 July 1881

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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 384, 1 July 1881

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