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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Wednesday, Jolt (5. The Council met at 2.30 p.m. The Hon. Colonel Brett moved that the Government should bring in a Bill to add flogging te the punishment for inindecent exposure. ■ The motion was carried, the Hon F. Whitaker saying he would draw up a Bill and submit it to his colleagues. The Gaming and Lotteries Bill was reported from Committee without amendment, the motion to erase the clause legalising the totalisator being rejected by sixteen votes to seven. The Bill was then read a third time and passed. The Council, at 435 p.m., adjourned till Friday. L i HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ; Wednesday, July 6. The House met at 2.30 p.m. ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS. The W. Rolleston said that last session he had made enquiries and foupd that the coal seani on fire at Seventeen-mile Beach is not worth the expense, of getting +he fire .extinguished. Further enquiry would be made, and if it was found that the| seam was:of;sufficient value to warrant the expense, steps would be taken to get the fire put out.—The Hon. W. Rolleston stated that Government intended carrying out certain native land purchases and abandoning others. A detailed statement would be given before Parliament prorogued. NEW BILLS. The following Bills were introduced and read a first time :—To provide that in any general or other election of members of the House of Representatives each elector shall be entitled to vote in respect of one electorate only (Sir G. Grey) ; to amend the Native Land Act, 1873 (Mr McDonald). REPRESENTATION. Dr Wallis moved, that this House is of opinion that the system of proportional or personal representation- known asHare’s system ought to be adopted in the promised Representation Bill,' or in the Bill which the Hon. the Premier at Leeston had in view for the reform of the Legislative Council. The first evil of the present system was that an important section of the community was always ■ left unrepresented. - That proportion ranged from. pne-third tp; one-half. The second evil was the exclusion of the most independent thinkers from Parliament Mr Wakefield supported, the motion, agreeing' in the opinion that Hare’s system would be a decided improvement on the one now in operation. He did not agree in. the opinion - that, Hare’s system abolished local repieaentation. Localities, by this system would fee induced. to put forward the very best men they could get; ; in the hope that they would succeed in the election. Looked at in its broadest view its great.recommendation was that it provided .representation for every great interest, and no man could possibly get into Parliament unless he’went in under ’ the auspices of one or other of these great ' interests. It had been objected to as an impossibility in respect of machinery. He believed if it was once inaugurated workable machinery would soon be devised. Mr Hutchison ridiculed the Mea of . the system ibeing adopted in tliia country. Local and provincial jealousies were far too strong to expect that such a system could by any possibility succeed in New Zealand. The system as; expounded was far from being .clear,to his mind, and he questioned if it was . quite clear to the mind of its author. ,

Messrs Bowen and Oliver spoke in favor of the system, and Mr Moss opposed

Dr Wallis intimated that he would accept the amendment. ■ ; The Hon J. Hall said that he believed that the system indicated would give them a representation of all classes, all. opinions, and all sentiments mope closely than the system now in operation. He hailed with satisfaction the growing estimation in which this system was held. It had been objected' to the system that it would introduce into the House all manner of eccentric opinions. What he said was, if these were shared a sufficiently large number of electors, then let them be introduced and discussed. This was a very proper opportunity for having the whole question ventilated now that they were oh the eve of a general election. : ' ;

Mr Wood said those Who had undertaken to give them particulars of this system had only shown that not one" of them agrees with the other. The debate was interrupted by the 5.30 adjournment. At 7.30 the House resumed. The Gaming ■ and Lotteries Bill received from the Upper House, was read a first time, and the Horise went into Committee of Supply* and- the - Hon. the Colonial Treasurer delivered his Financial Statement, which appears else- 1 where.

Messrs Ballance arid Speight criticised the statement urifavprably, and yreve replied to: by Messrs Wakefield and Saunders. .

The Hori. J. Hall moved the adjournment, which was carried at 10.40 p.m.

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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 389, 7 July 1881

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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 389, 7 July 1881

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