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PARLIAMENTARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 663, 15 June 1882
: LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. ( Wednesday, June 14. ( BILLS. The Naturalised Persons Children Bill was read a first time, and the Corrupt Practices Prevention Act, 1881, Amendment Bill was read a third time and passed. The Married Women’s Property Bill was re-committed and further amended. RETURNS. The Hon. Mr Chamberlain moved for a return, which was ordered, of all analysts L appointed, the number of analyses, and : the amount of fines under the Adulteration Prevention Act, 1880. He said from r his own observations he knew that the Act was not being enforced, especially against bakers, who adulterated largely with alum. THE BIBLE IN SCHOOLS. The Hon. Mr Menzies moved the second reading of the Education Act Amendment Bill, to provide for the reading of the Bible in schools. The Hons. Mr Oliver Captain Fraser, ’ Mr Johnston, Sir G. Whitmore, Mr Scotland, and Mr Lahmann opposed the Bill, the passage of which, they contended, would destroy the national system of education. The Bill was thrown out by eleven votes to ten. WEST COAST PROCLAMATION. On Mr Mantell’s motion, the Council passed a resolution requesting the Government to lay on the table all papers in connection with the West Coast Proclamation issued in October last. THE GOVERNOR’S DESPATCHES. A further motion of Mr Mantell’s for the production of further despatches between the Governor and the Secretary of State was negatived. The Council rose at 4.50. HOUSE T)P REPRESENTATIVES. Wednesday, June 14. The House met at 2. 30. QUESTIONS, In reply to various questions it was stated :—The Rabbit Nuisance Act of last session was now being administered by .the Government, and it was believed that previous defects in the application of the Act would in that way be obviated.—The rolling-stock and passenger accommodation on the Dunedin and Invercargill, and on the Dunedin and Mosgiel lines were defective. Orders had been issued for fresh supplies, and in that way the defect would be removed.—Of the fifteen hours certain men were alleged to have been working on trains running to and from Dunedin and Clinton, they had been five hours off duty during the time the train remained in Dunedin. If men worked in the trains longer than ton hours per day they were paid overtime at the rate of one and one-quarter of the ordinary pay. The guards only worked five days out of six, and did not got any overtime. —Notice had been given to the natives assembled at Parihaka that if they assembled contrary to the proclamation of dispersion their huts would bo pulled down. In contravention of that proclamation they did assemble, and some of the houses were pulled down. If Te Whiti’s house was amongst the number it was a good thing. It was a most unwholesome dwelling. His wife and family could have no difficulty in finding other accommodation. BILLS. The following Bills were introduced and read a first time :—To amend costs in certain cases in private Bills ; Mining for . other Minerals than Gold ; to amend the Land Act, 1879 ; to amend the Licensing , Act, 1831. A TRAINING SHIP FOR YOUNG NEW ZEALAND. Mr Daniel moved—“ That it is of the i utmost importance that facilities should ( be ottered to the rising generation of the i colony to be trained to maritime pursuits, ] and that with this view the Government ] should endeavor to obtain from the Home ; Government a vessel suitable for the pur- 1 pose of a training ship.”
The Hon. Mr Dick admitted the importance of the object aimed at. He thought, however, the motion as it read was premature, and moved as an amendment—— “ That the Government be instructed to make inquiries of the Home Government as to a suitable vessel for the purpose, th# cost of maintaining the same, and likewise to obtain information as t 6 the numbers of boys likely to avail themselves of such a training.” Messrs Macandrew and Sheehan supported the motion as originally brought down, considering that the amendment practically amounted to a shelving of the whole question. The latter thought that a suitable vessel could be got in the colory, and if not it would only be a suitable encouragement to the enterprise of the place to get one built in New Zealaud. After further debate, the House divided on the original • motion :—Ayes, 44; noes, 29. The amendment was negatived. Mr Connolly did not think they required the elaborate, vessel indicated by the motion. He moved, as a further amendment, the omission of the words “ Home Government.” He believed they would get a vessel in the colony suitable for the purposes. After discussion, the original motion, as amended by Mr Connolly, was put and passed. THE CORRUPT PRACTICES BILL A message was received from the Legislative Council, announcing that the Corrupt Practices Act Amendment Bill had passed with amendment. The Hon. Mr Bolleston slated the amendments were perfectly formal, and did not alter the Bill on its merits. The amendments were agreed to. THE STANMOBB SEAT. ■; A writ for the election of 'a member for Stanmore was ordered to be. issued. WASTE LANDS BOARDS. Sir George Grey gave notice of a Bill to make the members of Waste Lands Board elective. , " THE PENSIONS BILL. Mr Shrimaki moved the second of the Pensions Bill. Aiter aomei, discussion, the motion was carried oh the voices. PROTECTION OF TELEGRAMS BILL. Mr Peldwick moved the second reading of the Protection of telegrams Bill. It was a transcript of an Act in force in South Australia since 1863. The breach of this law there was a misdemeanour. Hero all that was asked was a pecuniary penalty. These telegrams were got by the press at a great expense, equal to L 3,500 per annum. No protection was asked for New Zealand telegrams, but only for the cablegrams. There were some papers in the colony which did not subscribe, and it was to prevent these papers pirating cablegrams the Bill was framed. These cablegrams coat about Id per wo’d to each paper besides other agency charges. These as the law --stood any dishonest persons could send to nonsubscribing papers at the rata of 6d per 100 words. The Bill was a measure only conceived in the interests of justice and fair play. Mr Petrie contended the Bill would interfere with the liberty of the Press, and would deal very harshly with the smaller papers, who would be debarred not only from copying cablegrams, but also from commenting on them. Mr Joyce also thought that an attempt was being made to strengthen an association- already too strong and sufficiently well protected. He would like tp have seen a measure introduced to put an end to dishonest journalism, so that a man would be bound to put his name to whatever he wrote.
Mr Bracken thought the Bill a reasonable one and a modest request. A number of newspaper proprietors banded together to getnews from a distance at large cost, and they were not to be protected from the dishonesty of other papers who could not, or would not, pay for the same news. He hoped the' honesty of the House would concede such, a reasonable request. Mr Hutchison said it was an abuse of. the telegraph wires to give a monopoly to the Press Agency, for which the Government should be blamed.
Mr Shepherd said the talk, about monopoly was ridiculous. All that was asked was to protect property, for which large sums of money were paid. Mr J. W. Thomson thought that these cablegrams should be protected, but the charge of LSOO for joining the Association was to his mind a stumbling block.--. ; Mr Stewart said the cablegrams cost heavy sums for news, and why should the purchaser not be protected in his purchase 1 If it was flour the dealer would be protected, and no other man would be allowed to take the flour and make It up into bread. Any newspaper that wished to join the Association could do so. There was no monopoly. He thenght thirty-six hours’ protection was too long, and in committee he would move a reduction. ! '-
After some further discussion the Housti divided. Ayes, 31; noes, 27. The Bill was read a second time. i
GAS COMPANIES AND GAS CONSUMERS LIABILITY BILL. The House then went into committee on the Gas Companies and Consumer* Liability Bill. It passed through com-* mittee, and was reported with amend* meats. THE LAW OP LIBEL. _ Mr To!e moved the second reading foL the Law of Libel Amendments Bill. The improvement in the law of libel as regards newspapers had been very slow indeed. > He traced its progress, stating that the f Bill embodied the provisions of the Eng*.-.; lish Act passed last year. The welfare of a people depended in great measure on:I the power of the people to express a free and unconstrained opinion in public affairs, and it was only when that express sion became outrageous that a paper should be punished. The Act upon which ■ the Bill was based was the result of two | sessions of the British Parliament, and* as such it claimed their respectful attention. He referred especially to the fact that no prosecution could be instituted without the concurrence of the AttorneyGeneral. That was a reasonable safeguard to newspapers, and would be the means of preventing vexatious prosecutions. It was based on a fundamental principle of justice, together with a ... fair and reasonable protection to the public. The Hon. Mr Rolleston asked that the motion be delayed, as the Bill had only been circulated that afternoon. 1
Mr Bathgaoe moved an adjournment of the motion, which was supported by Mr Sheehan, and agreed to by the mover. LAND TAX. Mr Turnbull gave notice of motion 1 affirming the policy of a progressive land tax on all holders of land of the extent of 500 acres. PUBLIC LIBRARIES. The House went into Committee to consider an address to the Governor, praying he will recommend for appropria tion this year the sum of L 6,000 for public ; libraries, and that if an expenditure of money be granted, the following should be the system :—(1). That the Government should ascertain what amount of money had been levied and paid under the Public Libraries Act, 1879, and as soon as possible after the 31st December, 1882, deduct from the proposed vote an amount equivalent to the amount so raised, and distribute the same among free libraries in proportion to the library rates received respectively by each. (2). That the balance be apportioned among the ■ several provincial districts according to . population, and to hand it over for distri* bution to their respective Education ~4 Boards, in terms of section 2 of the -. t \ Public Libraries Subsidies Act, 1877. . ,y Mr George moved, as amendment—
*• That the sum mentioned be distributed amongst the various counties and outlying districts on the basis of population. The Committee divided. Ayes, 45 ; noes, 14. The amendment was negatived. Mr Hurstho use moved the reporting of progress, on the ground that it was necessary to delay the vote until the Financial Statement was brought down. The Hon. Mr Rolleston supported the motion to report progress, saying that before the qusstion came on the Government would state its decision on the subject, having had the benefit of learning the views of members. The Committee divided—Ayes, 2G ; noes, 82. Mr Sheehan moved that the first part of the resolution to work libraries be agreed to. Carried on a division by 39 to 10. The remainder of the original resolution was then negatived on the voices, and progress reported. The House adjourned at 115.
PARLIAMENTARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 663, 15 June 1882
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