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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Thursday, July 28. The Council met at 2.30 p.m. The Hon. P. Whitaker informed the Hon. P. Buckley that Messrs Seed and Batkin’s report on the South Island would be received in a few days. The Imprest Bill was read a second and third time. The Adoption of Children Bill was read a third time by 22 to 6 votes, and the Married Woman’s Property Protection Bill was read a third time by 15 to 11. The Vagrant Act Amendment Bill and the Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough Riveis Act Amendment Bills were read a third time. The Taranaki County Council Loan Bill was read a second time. On the motion for the second reading of the Waitara Harbor Board Loan Bill, the Hon. G. M. Waterhouse moved that it should be thrown out, as there would be no security for the bondholders. The debate was adjourned at 5 p.m., when tho Council rose.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Thursday, July 28. The House met at 2.30 p.m. PETITION. Mr Weston presented a petition from the legal profession at Christchurch complaining of the Law Practitioners Bill, introduced by Sir G. Grey. BREACH OF PRIVILEGE. Mr Reeves called attention to an article appearing in that morning’s New Zealand Times accusing the Government of favoritism in letting certain contracts. He asked that it should bo dealt with as a breach of privilege. Mr Speight said he proposed to put a question to the Government on the subject, and on that understanding the request was withdrawn. QUESTIONS. In reply to questions, various Ministers stated The proposal for extending the use of railway return tickets on the Auckland and Waikato line to the day following their issue was one which affected the interests of railways throughout the whole colony, as the principle of return railway tickets was regulated on the one basis throughout 'the colony. They would, however, consider the point, and afford such relief as they deemed practicable in the circumstances.—lt would take some months to prepare census tables showing the adult male population in each county and electoral district in the colony. —Government had no power to appoint Deputy-Registration Officers, but as the office of the Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages a t Christchurch was deemed an eligible place, a supply of election forms should be provided for.—Government would take steps to prevent Chinese working on goldfields without miners’ rights, as provided by the Mines’ Act, 1877.—The Middle Island Native Land Purchase Commission evidence was most voluminous, and Government saw no necessity for having it printed.— Messrs Seed and Batkin’s report on the Middle Island service had only recently been received. They had not yet considered it. In all probability it would contain remarks which would make it unad visable to place it before the House.— With the view of better protecting the seal fisheries, Government had under consideration a proposal to lease sealing rights at the Snares and other islands, where these fisheries were liable to abuse. —Government would not bo disposed to remove further restrictions provided for by section 6 of the Arms Act, as to selling and purchasing fire-arms, gunpowder, caps, etc., in so far as it applies to the Middle Island. NEW BILLS. The following Bills were introduced and read a first time:—Westport Coalfield and Harbor Administration (Mr J. B. Fishei), to Amend the Gold Duty Act, to Amend the Mines Act (Mr Reeves), to Amend the Contractors’ Debt Act, 1871 (Mr Finn), the Waimate Racecourse Reserve (Mr Studholme), Fencing (Mr Bryce). NO CONFIDENCE DEBATE. The debate on Mr Ormond’S “ no-con-fidence” motion was resumed by Dr Wallis, who said the Government were a mixed lot, but he desired to see them kept on the Treasury benches until the end of the session. Mr Tomoana said he should vote against the Government, on account of the injustice they had done to the Maoris. He concluded by stating that there would soon be three parties in the House—the Government party, the Opposition, and the Maori members would form the third party. Mr Jones complained that the Government was strong in its centralising tendencies, and its whole aim was to legislate for the wealthy classes. In support of that he quoted from speeches made by the Premier on the Ballot and Electoral Bills, and he challenged him to reconcile those speeches with the assumption now put forward by him to represent the great Liberal party. The debate was interrupted by the 5.80 adjournment, and resumed at 7.30 by Mr Jones, who went on to condemn the Government on various grounds, and said—Even if they were not turned out on this occasion, the time was not far distant when Ministers would sink into their political graves unwept, unhonored, and unsung. They would die by their own act. Messrs Pyke, Seddon, and J. B. Fisher announced their intention to vote for the amendment on various grounds, and the question was put, the following being the division list: —Ayes, 41—Messrs Allwright, Atkinson, Bain, Beetham, Bowen, Brandon, Bryce, Bunny, Colbeck, Dick, Sir W. Fox, Messrs Fulton. Gibbs, Hall, Hirst, S., Hurst, W. J., Hursthouse, Johnston, Kelly, Kenny, Levin, Mason, McCaughan, Murray, Pitt, Richardson, Rolleston, Russell, Saunders, Seymour, Shanks, Stevens, Studholme, Sutton, Swanson, Trimble, Wakefield, Weston, Whitaker, Whyte, Wright. Noes, 37 Messrs Andrews, Ballance, Barron, Brown, DeLautour, Finn, Fisher, J. 8., Fisher, J. T., George, Gisborne, Sir G. Grey, Messrs Hamlin, Harris, Hutcheson, Jones, Levestam, Lundon, Macandrew, McDonald, Montgomery, Moss, Ormond, Pyke, Reeves, Reid, Seddon, Sheehan, Shrimski, Speight, Taiaroa, Tawhai, Te Wheoro, Thomson, Tole, Turnbull, Wallis, Wood.

Pairs.—Ayes—Messrs McLean, Oliver, Moorhouse, Collins. Noes Messrs Stewart, Bastings, Tomoana, Shephard. The Bill was read a second time, and after discussion was ordered to be committed that day fortnight. The House rose at 12.30.

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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 408, 29 July 1881

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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 408, 29 July 1881

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