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PARLIAMENTARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 653, 3 June 1882
Friday, June 2. THE ADOPTION OF CHILDREN ACT. On the motion of the Hon Mr Stevens, a return was ordered of the number of applications made under the Adoption of Children Act, 1881. He said the Act was but little availed of, inasmuch as those who wished to adopt children from orphanages objected to pay the fees prescribed by the Act.
THE AFFIRMATIONS BILL.
The Affirmations and Declarations Bill was read a third time and passed. SECOND READINGS. The Bank and Bankers Act Amendmend Act Amendment Bill and the Vagrant Act, 1866, Amendment Bill were read a sacond time. The Council adjourned at 3.30 HOUSE OP REPRESENTATIVES. Friday, June 2. The House met at 2.30 p.m. GARRARD, THE AGITATOR AND “WORKING man’s FRIEND.” Sir George Grey presented a petition from the notorious Garrard, praying for compensation for loss sustained by him in consequence of false imprisonment for malpractices in connection with the Auckland Electoral Roll. QUESTIONS.
In reply to questions it was stated that preparations were being made for throwing open for sale rural pastoral lands of Canterbury in blocks of from 500 to 5,000 acres. The survey of 7,000 acres had been completed. To make the land available for settlement roads would have to be provided, and it was hoped shortly to bring down definite proposals on that head.—The Government did not propose to take any steps for the reduction of the fees paid under the Land Transfer Act. No complaints had arisen as to these fees being at all exorbitant.—Tenders would be called at an early date for the construction of the Thames-Kapua railway.—No arrangements would be made by the Government to provide that the Premier should become a member of the Chamber. —Enquiries would be made as to the number of holidays during the year working men in the Government service in the other colonies are allowed, and if thought advisable, similar arrangements would be made for the working men in the Government service of this colony.— If medical men in lunatic hospitals in the event of the death of patients made post mortem examinations on the patients it was a mistake, and intimation of the fact would bo given to medical officers. —No precedent was known for prisoners under committal for trial for sedition remaining in custody being taken about by magistrates to Exhibitions, etc., but as this was a now country they should be allowed to establish presidents for themselves. When the estimates came down it would be seen out of what fund it was proposed to defray the expenses paid in that way for Te Whiti and Tohu.
FIRST BEADING. A Bill to Amend the Native Land Court Act, 1880, was introduced and read a first time. THE CONDEMNED MAORI MURDERER. The Hon. Major Atkinson said in regard to the request to place the .papers connected with fliroki’s trial before the House, he had looked into the matter and found that the request was unprecedented, unless where the circumstances were extraordinary. The case of Hiroki did not come within that case, and the papers would therefore not be tabled. JUDGMENT SUMMONSES. In reply to Mr Levestam the Hon. Mr Dick said nothing had transpired to cause him to alter his determination not to bring down any proposal for amendment of the law relative to judgment summonses. Bills relating to the B. M. Court would be brought before them, and if the member thought fit he might move in the direction of any amendment deemed requisite.
The report of the Printing Debates Committee recommending that members should be allowed, free of charge, twelve copies of “ Hansardfor distribution amongst their constituents, was carried by 49 to 23. CORRUPT PRACTICES PREVENTION BILL. On the motion of Major Atkinson the second reading of the above Bill was carried. The Standing Orders were then suspended, and the Bill went into committee.
Mr Turnbull moved an additional clause to the following effect : —That the finding of the Judges in the Stanmore election appeal case having been adverse to Pilliet, he having been declared guilty of an illegal practice, that it was desirable that it should be referred to one of the Judges who tried the petition (Judge Williams being afterwards named) to say whether in his opinion the said Walter Hippolyte Pilliet should be relieved from all or any of the penalties incurred by him through such finding of the Court. After discussion, Mr Oonolly moved an amendment to the effect that the illegal act committed by the said W. H. Pilliet was of a purely technical character, and he should be relieved from the disqualifications imposed by the said Act, and freed and discharged from and indemnified against all penalties, forfeitures, incapacities, and disabilities that might have been incurred by him in connection with the election, and also that he should be eligible for a seat in the House.
The motion and amendment were then put, when the latter was carried on the voices, and Mr Connolly’s new clause being acceeded to the Bill was reported as amended. The Hon. Major Atkinson said the third reading would be the first order of the day on Tuesday. The House adjourned at 5.30, and on resuming at 7.30 the debate was continued on the WEST COAST PEACE PRESERVATION BILL,
When, after considerable discussion, the question was put that the Bill as printed be read a second time. The House then divided. The followis the division list:—Ayes, 52 : Messrs Alwright, Atkinson, Beetham, Bryce, Cadman, Connolly, Dick, Dodson, Feldwick, Fitzgerald (toller), Fulton, Green (Waikouaiti), M. W. Green (Dunedin East), Sir George Grey, Messrs Hamlin, Hobbs, Hurst (teller), Hursthouse, 0. J. Johnston (Te Aro), J. Johnston (Manawatu), Kelly, Levostam, Levin, Mason, McDonald, Mclhvraith, J. McKenzie (Moeraki), McMillan, Mitchelson, Morris, Munro, O’Callaghan, Peacock, Pearson, Petrie, Postlethwaite, llolleaton, Rutherford, Sheehan, Shepherd, Stevens, Sutter, Sutton, Swanson, Tole, Trimble, Watt, Whitaker, J. B. Whyte (Waikato), J. G. Wilson (Foxton). Noes, 14: Messrs Bracken, J. 0. Buchanan (Napier), Daniel, De Lautour, Duncan, Joyce, Montgomery, Moss, Taiaroa, Tawhai, Te Whooro, Tomoana, Turnbull, White (Sydenham). Pairs Ayes : Messrs Weston, Seaton, Wynn Williams, H. Thomson, J. Evans Brown. Noes: Messrs Montgomery, Hutchison, Shrimski, Holmes, Bathgate. Sir George Grey concluded by urging that certain alterations should be made in Committee in the Bill, and that a clause should be introduced to assure the natives the reserves which had been promised them.
Major Te Wheoro moved as an amendment on the motion that the Bill be committed on Tuesday—“ That Tohu and Te Whiti be heard at the bar of the House, either personally or by counsel, before the Bill is committed.
Mr Moss seconded the amendment, which, on division whs lost hv 42 in 22.
the following being the division list For the original motion —Ayes, 43 ; Atkinsor, Beetham, Bryce, W. Buchanan, Ooonollyj Dick, Dodson, Fergus, Fitzgerald, FultoDj George, J. Green, VV. Green, Hamilton, Hobbs, Hursthouse, Hurst, 0. Johnston, W. Johnston, Kelly, Levin, McDonald, Mcllwraith, J. McKenzie, McMillan, Mitchelson, Munroe, O'Callighan, Peacock, Petre, Postleth waite, Rolleston, Rutherford, Shepherd, Stevens, Stewart, Sutton, Swanson, Trimble, Watt, J. B. Whyte, J. G. Wildon. Noes; 22 ;—Barron, Bracken, Cadman, Daniel, De Lautour, Duncan, Feldwick, Grey, Joyce, Montgomery, Moss, Pearson, Sheehan, Taiaroa, Tawhia, Te Wheoro, J. W. Thompson, Tole, Tamoana, Turnbull, Whitaker, W. White. The motion for a committal on Tuesday was carried. The House adjourned at 1.45.
PARLIAMENTARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 653, 3 June 1882
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