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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Friday, Jury 29. The Council met at 2.30 p.m. In reply to the Hon. Captain Fraser, The Hon. F. Whitaker said that Government would appoint medical superintendents for Dunedin and Seacliff Asylums as soon as suitable airangements can be made.

The Medical Practitioaers Society Bill ('Dr. Grace) was read a first time. The Inspection of Machinery Bill was read a third time, and the Port Chalmers Cemetery Bill a second time. The other business was postponed, and the Council rose at 3.40. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

Friday, July 29. The House met at 2.30 p.m. REPORT. The goldfields committee brought up their report on the petition of W. J, Flynn and fifty-nine others, praying for the removal of Mr Warden Robinson from Mount Ida. The report states that the petition itself does not allege any failure of justice under the administration of Mr Warden Robinson. The action of the warden in the case of Woodward and Rathie’s application being supported by Mr Haggitt, the law adviser to the Land Board, it is evident also that when the grant to these miners wap finally made the objection previously raised had been withdrawn ; that its charges are of rather personal bias in favor of classes than persons, which is said to exist owing to the warden’s long residence in the district and his personal investment; that such charges are not supported by evidence ,of any kind. Your committeerecognise that much may be said in favor of a periodical removal of wardens, but are not aware that any arrangements exist in goldfields at the present time to enable this to be done. No general desire seems prevalent at the present time for the removal of Mr Robinson, and the committee have had before it petitions to the Minister of Justice, expressing confidence in that officer’s administration, and signed by over 600 miners and others. Your committee take this opportunity of adding to their report the following suggestions in regard to petitions addressed to the Houses of Assemb’y against judicial officers ; that no petition alleging charges of maladministration against Magistrates should be received by the House for consideration, unless such charges have first been represented to the Minister of Justice, and been refused consideration, or have been dealt with by him unsatisfactorily ; and that all petitions to be in order should distinctly allege that the reports they contain have been so referred to the Minister, and refused consideration, or unsatisfactorily dealt with. Your committee add this recommendation, believing that members of the House dre made use of in many cases by dissatisfied practitioners and disappointed suitors to cast undeserved aspersions under cover of petitions presented to the House, upon judicial officers. Mr De Lautour said the petition on which the report proceeded had been forwarded to him, and he had felt bound to present it to the House. Although he believed its assertions were incorrect, and he had no sympathy with it, still the petitioners had a perfect right to approach the House and have their grievances ventilated. It was in pursuance of that feeling that he felt called on to present it, with the view of having the report acted on. He moved—“ That it be remitted for consideration to the Standing Orders Oom-

mittees.” Sir W. Fox said that the right to petition the Crown was undoubted, but right to petition Parliament had grown -mil Of w-ymeteoe-to which- mention-might very fairly be directed. In fact he doubted whether there existed such a right. The Hon. W. Rolleston said that the constitutional point could not be considered at present. He agreed in the motion for remitting the report to the Standing Orders Committee. That course should serve the purpose in view, and have the effect of discouraging frivolous complaints against judicial officers. fie believed that no more efficient officer than Mr Robinson was in the public service. Mr Speight agreed in the opinion that the right to petition Parliament had been greatly abused. He knew of a case in which a disappointed suitor exhibited a petition outside the door of the Court to have the magistrate removed, and had got the signatures of all disappointed litigants. He hoped the House would protect officers from gratuitous insults of this kind.

The motion for remitting the report to the Standing Orders Committee was then put and carried. QUESTIONS. In reply to questions, various Ministers stated :—Government was in accord with the hon. member as to the desirability of the Press being communicated with so that its reporters may have an opportunity of being present at the inquiries into the death of patients in lunatic asylums, and steps would be taken accordingly.—Money fines imposed on employees in the locorailways, were credited to the Hallway motive department of the Middle Island Servants Benefit Fund account.—Restrictions in the use of firearms were enacted by the Public Works Act, and when the Consolidation Bill was under consideration facilities would be given for introducing a clause prohibiting the indiscriminate use of such arms by boys. —lf thought necessary, when the Counties scheme was under consideration, provision could- be made to compel Councils and Road Boards to comply •with section 13 of the Public Works Act, a provision which at present was being neglected.—Government had under consideration a recommendation to cause a trustworthy Chinese interpreter to be appointed for Waimea and Stafford Courts. —Re-distribution of Seats Bill was ready, and would be introduced without delay. When before the House ample opportunity would be given for its consideration, until which time Government did not consider it requisite to afford opportunity to enable the House to indicate its opinions as, to whether it was desirable to increase the present number of representatives.— Government did not intend to bring down a Bill this session to amend the Domains Act, to make Domain Boards elective. MISCELLANEOUS. The following Bills were read a second time : Crown Suits, Diseased Cattle, Public Reserves, Employment of Females, and others. The Banks and Bankers Act, 1880, Amendment, and the Borough of Hamilton Boundaries Bill, were passed through Bommittee. The Gaming and Lotteries Bill was partly considered in committee. The House adjourned at 5.30 p.m. and resumed at 7. 30. NEW BILL. The Horarata Water Race Bill, reported from the Private Bills Committee, was introduced by Mr Wright, and read a first time. GAMING AND LOTTERIES BILL. The Gaming and Lotteries Bill was further considered in Committee. Clause 8. The use of the totalisator. Mr Shephard objected to this instrument being legalised, and moved that the proviso in the clause, “ except the same be used in conformity,” &c., be struck out. On the question that the clause stand as printed, the House divided—Ayes, 30 ; noes, 27. The clause was passed as printed. Clause 9. Chinese fan tan. Mr George Invited the Hon. T. Dick,

who was in charge of thaiSill. to explain what fan tan P Mr Bowen thought that this should certainly be dolls. He questioned whether fan tan was much more than a game of 100. Mr Speight hoped that the Hon. T. Dick would not corrupt their morals by doing anything of the kind. Mr Bryce suggested that fan tan was Chinese for chess. Mr Reeves thought it might be as innocent as “kiss in the ring.” He suggested that if the Hon. T. Dick did not know what it was he should postpone the clause till he learned the game. The Hon. T. Dick admitted he knew nothing about the of the game. t They must have seen that Chinese had been brought up in Tvkm ; fuit iMS‘ colony charged with playing this' 1 game,’’ and it had been declared illegal hy-the Bench. The Bill had come down;ffont . the Council, and no doubt the members of that body knew; all about it, :; , " ’ ‘ Dr Wallis said that fan tan was a * game ; where a lot of Chinese stood round atable on which a lot of counters were thrown. down. Then one Chinaman swept all the' counters up except one, and it depehded ' on which corner of the table that~ the counter was nearest who won.

Mr Bowen said that this was an attempt to pursue the Chinese further than the: European. The latter was only prohibited from gaming in public places, while 'the former could, under the Act, be punned into his own house. He considered that unfair. ; 1

Mr Sheehan said that while they were legislating in this direction he might’"toil them that something like thirty new hats changed hands amongst members of that House over the late division, Hejthoughfc that they might: do worse thah ! direct f a little legislation in the direction" dYthat class of gambling. . # Mr Reeves moved that the clause ha struck out.

Mr Hirst hoped that it would not b« struck out, stating that in the district he , came from a Chinete'garbihg' house had become a perfect nuisance, besides - demoralising the rising generation. > - Mr Levistam said it might be a highly / intellectual game for all they knsiw, and‘ thought until they had more, information,, it would: be unfair to come to ady ‘advetie :: conclusion on the subject. : Mr Barron concurred in the opinion that gambling was corruptinga gnat many Europeans. : lI v After further, discussion, Mr Macandrew suggested that '-the matter should be left to the local goverqment bodies. - • *•' J/ ft I i

Mr Barron moved that the word “ stcheok pool ” be inserted.

Agreed to on the voices. - ■ ■ t On the question that the clause as amended be passed, the House divided— Ayes, 39 ; noes, 14. * ' ” -» ” wf-": Clause 12— Penalty. v Mr Barron proposed that the penalty bt LIOO be struck out, so. as to leave.tbe justices no option but to commit offender* to gaol. The question was put that the word* LIOO stand part of the question. The House divided—Ayes, 28; noes, 24. ’ •' ' Clause 13— 1 Mr Andrews proposed that the penalty be imprisonment without the option of fine. ■ . . ■ The House divided oh the question that the clause remain as printed—Ayes,. 30; noes, 13. Clause 15—Exhibiting placards or. jsd*. vertising betting houses. ' ’ Mr Stevens argued that it would hot be fair to expose, the proprietor or publisher of a newspaper to . the penalties of tipis clause, simply becausehe might through . inadvertence publish an advertiieofcint; t of the prohibited class. ’ . Mr DeLautour thought that it was the person who caused the advertisement'to. be-iosorted, -and mot the newspaper pro--prietor, who iwas alined at, and he auggested an alteration bearing out that impression. The Hpn. T. Dick said that the penalty. even in its application to the newspapers , was nothing uncommon. They were liable for advertisements of a libsllbu character. Still, ho wbuld not oppeWtho amendment. (. The clause was passed. Clause 18-r-Penalty for establishing a lottery. ' a ’. Mr Jones moved that “ works ,of ait or literature ” be added—Carried. Mr Reeves moved the addition of, the words “ or minerals, specimens Mr Sedden moved the words “ mechanical models Oambdi* , The House divided on the question tbat. the clause as amended be passed—Ayes, 26 ; noes, 10. ■ r . Clauses 19 to 23 were passed as printed, and the House rose at 1 a.m.

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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 409, 30 July 1881

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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 409, 30 July 1881

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