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PARLIAMENTARY.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Thursday, June 22. OILING TROUBLED WATERS. The Hon. Mr Chamberlin moved that • the Government should cause all, coasting steamers and sailing vessels to carry oil, so as to throw it on the sea in case ofdanger from shipwreck. ’ The Hon. Mr Oliver and the Hon. iMr McLean spoke of the question as an interesting one. No experiments so far were successful. The Hon. Mr McLean also thought shipowners would try the experiment without compulsion, and he knew the* Union Company would be only too happy to take any means calculated to lessen the. danger of life. The Hon. Mr Oliver thought the subject had not reached a stage when it could be legislated on, but thought its discussion and publicity were bound to do good. The motion was then withdrawn. RETURNS.

Sir G. Whitmore moved for a return of all contracts chargeable out of loan, signed by the Government, between October p£ 1879 and March 31st, 1882, with the view to showing that the Grey Government hhd not anticipated the L 3,000,000 to the extent that had been stated. —CarriedXHB INDEMNITY BILL. The Indemnity Bill was read a third time. PEACE PRESERVATION BILL. The Peace Preservation Bill was read a - third time by 24 to 2, the Hon. Captain Fraser stating that he would record his protest against the measure. The Council rose at five minutes past five. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES# Thursday, June 22. The House met at 3.30. QUESTIONS.

In reply to questions, it was stated The Government would not introduce a Bill prohibiting the payment of wages by the truck system. In remotely situated country districts, a prohibition of the kind would entail serious inconvenience.—The Government looked upon the, appointment of a Minister of Agriculture as a matter of importance, and it was a subject at present under consideration. Before the session ended he hoped they might be able to make a more definite statement. The Government had several proposals on the subject of railway communication before them, and the propriety of offering the same facilities in regard to return tickets on Wednesdays as are given on Saturdays, could be considered along with these proposals —The Government had taken into consideration the propriety of introducing a Bill dealing with the question of payment of members, but had decided not to do so on its own motion. If Parliament signified a wish that they should do so, that wish could be given effect to.—Steps would be taken to re cover LIB.OOO claimable as legacy duty from Mr Rhodes’ estate, which the Privy Council decided they were entitled to recover.

BILLS. The following Bills were read the first time;—lmportati >n, Adulteration, and Examination of Tea (Mr Seddon); To remedy certain wrongs that have arisen from the operation of the Grown Lands Sales Act, 1876 (Mr Pyke); To further amend the Patents Acts, 1870 and 1881 (Mr Tole); To render persons or companies insuring property against fire liable for a contribution towards water supply (Mr Hutchison) ; To regulate the disposal of pastoral lands of the Grown (Sir George Grey). OTAGO HAKBOK BOARD BILL. Mr Pish, in a long speech, moved the committal of the Otago Harbor Board Further Empowering Bill. Mr McKenzie seconded and supported the motion. A lengthy debate ensued, which was interrupted by the 5 30 adjournment. SMALL BIRDS NUISANCE BILL. Mr Steward moved the second reading of the Small Birds Nuisance Bill. Ho gave elaborate statistics and computations to prove that the increase of these birds ' and their predatory habits were of the - most alarming character. He detailed the ° potations of the Sparrow Clubs, and said,

despite the destructions caused by these, the birds were as numerous as ever. What was asked was power to levy a small tax, so that everyone interested might be made to contribute to a fund for their common protection. He freely admitted that under certain restrictions these birds were useful, and a reference to the provisions of the Bill would show that precautions were taken to prevent extermination of the birds. The motion (which was supported by the Hon. Mr Rolleston, and Messrs Shrimski, Dodson, O’Callaghan, McKeneie, Stevens, and Hursthouse) was carried. THE EIGHT HOtTB SVSTEM. The House went into Committee on the Eight Hours Bill, which was further considered and reported with amendments, which simply made it affirmatory of the eight hours system. OFFENCES AGAINST THE PERSON. Mr Weston moved the second reading of the Offences Against the Persons Act Amendment Bill. Alluding to the birching of larrikins, he argued that birching was in use in public schools, and the lads to whom it was administered were not found to be demoralised. The measure was supported by the Hon. Mr Rolleston, Messrs Green, Fulton, Peacock, and Colonel Trimble ; and opposed ■ by Sir George Grey, and Messrs Hutchison, Hursthouse, Moss, Turnbull, Levcstam, Pish, and Holmes. On a division, the second reading was carried by 47 to 22. AFFIRMATION IN LIEU OF OATHS. On the motion for the committal of the Affirmation in Lieu of Oaths Extension Amendment Bill, The Hon. Mr Dick suggested that it should bo delayed, as a Bill of of a similar import had advanced several stages in the other Chamber. When it came down the Government would bo prepared to hand it over to the care of Sir George Grey, who was the mover of the Bill before the House. The motion for going into committee was put and carried on the voices. In comraitte the Bill was amended and reported. The House rose at 1 a. m.

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PARLIAMENTARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 670, 23 June 1882

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PARLIAMENTARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 670, 23 June 1882

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