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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Friday, July 8. The Council met at 2.30 p.m. The Hon. P. Whitaker said that the Agent General had telegraphed that L 60,000 was available for distribution amongst Government Insurance policy holders, in which all policies five years old would share. The Native Frauds Prevention Bill and the Native Succession Bill were read a third time and passed. The Bank and Bankers Act, 1880, Amendment Bill was considered in committee, and at clause 16 progress was reported, a number of amendments having been made. The Council adjourned at 4.40. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Friday, July 8. The House met at 2.30 p.m. women of Monoir. Mr Jones gave notice for the production of all correspondence or reports, whether confidential or otherwise, from the Inspector of Prisons to tho Government relating to gaols or gaol officers which have not already been laid on the table. REPORT. Colonel Trimble brought up a report from the native affairs committee as follows:—“Report on the petition of Heta Hanmera and seven others. The petitioners, referring to land at Wbakatahataha, ask that their names be included with certain occupants in the Crown grant, and threaten, if their words are not considered, they will take arms against the people whose names are in the office in Auckland, and it is possible someone may be killed. lam directed to report as follows :—That this petition is couched in such language as precludes consideration by the House. The attention of hon. members should be 1 called to the. impropriety of presenting ! petitions containing threatening or other improper language. R. Trimble, Chair- 1 man.” 1

A long discussion ensued upon points of order as to the proceedings before the committee, Sir George Grey asking the Speaker’s ruling as to the manner in which certain resolutions had been put by the Chairman.

The Speaker said that the proceedings In committee should be guided by the practice of the House, and that Sir G. Grey’s contention was right; that after a resolution was arrived at by the committee, the question of reporting that resolution to the House should be put as a separate one. Sir G. Grey said what he wished to hare done was to have the enquiry asked for by the* natives made, even though they had used improper language in their petition. A great and powerful race should, not show unworthy touchiness in regard to a question of this kind. After some further discussion, the Hob. W. Rolleston, who had presented the petition, moved that it be withdrawn. He thought the natives were as able to distinguish between right and wrong as they were in a matter of this kind. After a lengthy discussion, the Hon. W. Rolleston replied, stating that as Native Minister he would have the question of the alleged grievance enquired into. The motion for the withdrawal of the petition was agreed to. QUESTIONS. In reply to questions various members of . ,the Ministry stated ;—Government thought that the appointment of successors to deceased native owners in the Middle Island should be left with the Native Land Courts and not to a commission, and they would see that provision was made for the dispatch of such business by the Courts.—Government cculd not say when the Redistribution of Seats Bill!would ba brought down. The framing of the Bill depended to a great extent on the‘census returns. They were necessary to enable the Government to fix the boundaries of the electorates. The House, however, might rest assured that no unnecessary delay would take place, and that ample time would be allowed before members were asked to vote on the Bill. —The. Entail Bill had been prepared, and the Attorney-General would that day ask leave to introduce it in the other Chamber. —Government did not think that there would be any necessity for a special scheme for the distribution of the vote for school buildings, as all districts were now pretty equally provided for. There still might, however, be some inequality, and Government would not bind themselves to a hard and fast rule as to the distribution. The probability was that the distribution would take place principally on the basis of population,—Government were not aware, preyiouß to the accident at Kensington crossing, that the crossing was dangerous to life and property. STJPFIT BTLT#s An Imprest Supply Bill for L 250,000 was introduced by message from the Governor, and passed through all its stages. LICENSING BILL. The Licensing Bill was further considered in committee. Mr Dick moved the striking out of clause 12, and substituting an amended clause providing for the constitution of the licensing committee by election. The debate was interrupted by the 5.30 adjournment, and on resuming at 7.30, the following amendment in clause 12 was adopted :—“ The licensing committee for an ordinary licensing district shall be constituted as follows.—The committee to consist of five persons, who may be resident either within or outside of the district, to be elected annually by the ratepayers of the district in the manner provided by the Regulation of Local Elections Act, 1876. The Resident Magistrate within whose jurisdiction the licensing district lies, and who is hereafter called ‘ the returning officer,' shall be the returning officer for such district, and shall .preside at every election therein under the Act. If there be no Resident Magistrate having jurisdiction within any licensing district, or if there be more than one such Resident Magistrate, then the Governor shall appoint such Resident Magistrate or other person as he may think fit to be the returning officer. The returning officer of every ordinary licensing district shall by public advertisement appoint some convenient day in the month of November next, and thereafter at the same time in every year, but not earlier than fourteen days after the first publication of such advertisement, for the election of the required number of members of the licensing committee within such district, and such election shall be conducted in the same, manner as the election of members of Borough or County Councils or Road Boards are conducted. Each ratepayer shall only have one vote within any district, but there may be more pollipg booths than one in a district.” Progress was reported and leave asked tositagaip, HEW BILL, The Native Lands Frauds Prevention Rill was received from the Legislative Council and read a first time. SECOND BEADING. Sir G. Grey moved the second reading of the Affisroatiou in Lieu of Oaths Bill. He said. that he merely aimed that the concession made to Quakers and others be extended to the whole of her Majesty’s subjects’.. Looking at .the difficulties which had arisen in Great Britain on this point, ha hoped that ho objection would be mode to the Bill. T|ie Hon. J.. Hall said that meat cohid see no objection, suggesting thatthe ‘ ‘cpnacientiouß grounds”

Sir G. Grey hoped that the proviso would not be insisted upon, so as not to interfere with a free exercise of opinion in matters of this kind. The motion was put and carried. FIRE BRIGADE BILL. The Fire Prevention and Fire Brigade Bill was also considered in committee. On clause I—Mr Andrews moved that the Chairman leave the chair. The House divided —Ayes, 23; noes, 35. Clause 2—Mr Shrimski moved that the clause read the “ incorporated city or borough of Christchurch.”—The motion was lost on the voices. Clause 3—Mr Shepherd proposed to strike it out. —The motion was lost on the voices. Clause 4—Mr J. T. Fisher moved that the clause be amended so as to restrict its operations to Councils from agreeing with other than fire brigades for extinguishing fires—Ayes, 22 ; noes, 26. Mr Bastings moved that clause 17 bo struck out.—The question was put that the clause stand as printed—Ayes, 22 ; noes, 26. On the motion of Mr Stevens, who was in charge of the Bill, progress was reported, and leave granted to sit again. On the motion that it be considered in committee that day month, Mr J. B. Fisher moved, as an amendment, that it be considered that day six months. —The amendment was carried on the voices. MxeoeLLXNKODS.

I The Cook County Rivers Bill was read , a second time. k The Drainage Bill was recommitted. The following now clauses were passed •. “ ‘ Owner ’ for tho purposes of this Act [ includes all persons having a freehold inj terest at law or in equity or a leasehold interest either for life or lives, or for a term originally of not less than seven years, and whether as mortgagee or not, or in their own right, or as representatives of others.” “When the applicant is ordered ro pay any sum by way of costs or compensation, the Court may by order direct that such costa or compensation shall be paid to persons entitled thereto before the applicant shall be authorised to commence the works authorised by the order.” “If at the time of applying for an order it shall appear, to the satisfaction of the Court, that any of the lands to be affected by the works referred to in the application will be benefited by such works more than they will be damaged, then the Court may by order direct that the owners of such lands shall, in such proportion as the order shall direct, pay to the applicant such sum of money as shall be therein fixed, not exceeding in the whole the cost of executing such works on the said lands,” “Nothing in this Act shall authorise the making of an order whereby applicants shall be authorised to take a drain through a garden or ornamental shrubbery without tho consent of the owners or occupiers thereof.”—The Bill as amended was reported. The Hawke's Bay and Marlborough Rivers Act, 1871, Amendment Bill was considered in committee. The Bill was reported with amendments, rsad a third time, and passed. licensing bill. _ The Licensing Bill was further considered in committee. Mr DeLautour moved the addition of the following clause:—“lt shall not be lawful for any person whomsoever either to sell or supply or give wine or fermented liquors or mixed liquor, part whereof is fermented in any quantity, respectively, which shall produce intoxication, to a person of tho native race within a native licensing district.” The clause was passed. On the next new clause, “If any person shall sell, supply, or give such spirituous liquor, wine, or fermented liquor to natives contrary to the provisions of this Act he shall pay for such offence a sum not exceeding L2O, to be recovered in a summary way, over and above tho penalty which may be incurred for the sale of such liquor without license ; provided always that no penalty shall be recoverable for supplying spirituous liquor to « person of native race, in case it shall be satisfactorily proved that the spirituous liquor so supplied was administered medicinally,” the House divided—Ayes, 44; noes, 7. Third new clause—“ The Governor, on the application of the owners of a block or area of native land, on which no publican’s license has been hitherto granted, may by proclamation in tho Gazette declare that no license shall be granted within such block or area, and it shall not be lawful for the licensing committee to issue any license to take effect within any block or area so proclaimed.” —The clause was passed. Sir W. Fox moved the insertion of tho following new clauses :—“ No certificate 1 for any sort of license shall be granted if ! a memorial against the granting of the same, signed by Maori ratepayers within ‘ the district shall be presented to the licensing committee, the genuineness of such signatures to be verified on oath, or declaration in the nature of an oath, before the committee by persons on whose premises the same have been signed. ” Tho Hon. J. Hall opposed the clause, expressing the opinion that they had of already gone as far in the direction local option as it would be safe. The House divided—Ayes, 15 ; noes, 27Sir W. Fox said that he would withdraw the others, being the civil damages clauses, of which he had given notice. Mr Hursthouse moved as an additional clause—“ That no contract entered into by any licensee binding him to take intoxicating liquors from any person shall be valid.” A division was called for. Ayes, 23 ; noes, 26. Several members said they had new clauses to propose, but none of these were pressed or put, and the schedules having been passed, the Bill was reported with amendments, and the House adjourned at 1.45 a.m.

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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 391, 9 July 1881

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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 391, 9 July 1881

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