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PARLIAMENTARY .

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Tuesday, June 27. THE HON. MR PHAKAZVN’S CASE. The Hon. Mr Oliver gave notice to move the appointment of a committee to consider the case of the Hon. Mr Pharazyn, and to report whether he should be relieved of the disabilities he incurred through personation at the last election. BILLS PASSED. The Waikato Confiscated Land Bill and the Trades Marks Act Amendment Bill were read a third time and passed. QUESTIONS. In reply to a question it was stated that Government had prepared a measure consolidating and amending the land transfer laws, and that during the recess it would be distributed amongst those interested for suggestions, and be brought in next session. The question of land transfer assurance fees on Crown grants would be dealt with. PAPERS. Papers in connection with the pay to the Thames Scottish Corps for service at Parihaka were laid on the table. prisoners’ diet. A copy of the regulations under which different scales of diet are allowed to prisoners was ordered to be laid on the (able. THE BROGDEN CLAIMS. Messrs McLean, Miller, Pollen, Stevens, and Oliver were elected by ballot a joint committee to consider and report upon the propriety of giving the consent of the Government to a reference of the Brogden claims, under the provisions of the Government Contractors Arbitration Act, 1872. AUCKLAND HARBOR BOARD BILD. The Council went into committee on the Auckland Harbor Board Hill, which was reported without any material amendment. The Council rose at 5.10 p.m. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Tuesday, June 27. The House met at 2.30 p.m. PETITIONS. The following petitions were presented: Prom the brewers on the West Coast, praying for the abolition of the beer duty; from settlers in Otago and the officebearers of the Dunedin Freethouget Association against the reading of the Bible in schools. The member presenting the petition explained that three-fourths of

che parties tigning the petition were Scotchmen, and either were or had been Presbyterians. QUESTIONS. In reply to questions, it was stated : That it was proposed to insert a clause in the Local Government Bill for enabling county councils to pass by-laws regulating the width of tires of vehicles used on roads within the counties.—Last year a Bill was introduced with the view of stopping the progress of the harbor works, New Plymouth harbor. The Bill was debated, but was not carried, and the question had remained in that state ever since.— Provision would be made for the erection of a telegraph line from llakaia to Methvon. —Government was watching with interest the outcome of the establishment of an agricultural college at Lincoln, Canterbury, and the result of that institution

would guide them as to the propriety of the Government taking steps for the establishment of similar institutions elsewhere.—No necessity had been shown for the extension of courthouse accommodation being provided at South Rakaia.. aliens. ■ The Hon. Mr Lick moved the second reading of the Aliens Act Amendment Bill. He explained that the chief provision of the Bill was that when parents became naturalised their children should also have the same privileges secured foe them. Carried.

SHERIFFS ACT. The second reading of the Sheriffs Aot 1858) Amendment Bill was carried.

LICENSING ACT. The Hon. Mr Dick moved the second reading of the Licensing Act Amendment Bill.

Mr Johnston supported the Bill, but; intimated that in committee he would move that Ihe appointment of committees be left irt the hands of the Government. Th»t was the course adopted under theold system, and he was not aware of any complaint having been made against the * practice. It was anomalous to leave these appointments in the hands of the local . bodies, inasmuch as these local bodies derived the fees from these licenses. Again he complained that the elective system had been attended with a great deal of unnecessary expense. Mr Sutton also spoke in favor of a return to the nominated system, with the alternative proposal that the County Councils should be the licensing bodies. As the Bill stood, ho did not think the local holies would thank them for the., function proposed to be conferred, on them. It would be found to swallow up," more in expense than the revenue itwould return. It had been shown that these elections were virtually a dead letter. The people would have nothing to do with them. They did not want to be worried with these ever-recurring elections. ’ 1

Mr Fish said the Act as passed last session had been a great mistake. Alive' to what was their real interest the com-' munity did not wish to be troubled constantly with elections and trifling affairs’ 1 of the kind. It was to he regretted that the opinion of the licensed victuallers', bad not been taken on this subject, as the effect was unnecessarily to bring two important sections of the community-, annually into antagonism with each other. There was no body of men more respectable in Otago, at all events, than the holders of these licenses, and yet the whole design of this Act was to worry them in every possible way as if they, were hardened criminals. The endorsa- r tion of licenses was likewise an absurdity, i and was very properly repealed in: the -’ Bill before the House. He also objected"’ to the restriction of females being era- •' pkyed to a particular hour at night.. lts i effect was that bar girls being compelled to leave the bar at 11 o’clock p.ra.4 in houses open till midnight, necessitated,? the employment of a separate and otherwise unnecessary staff of employees. Had the framer of that restriction been honest be would have prohibited the employment of females at all. In his district nineteen voted one way, and twenty the other. The result was that for a period of three years this vote of one prevented any new license being granted. It was wrong, and - the Government allowed itself to be hoodwinked by a parcel of fanatics. He objected to the restrictions of the - bottle licenses to Otago and Nelson, us also the provisions of the Bill in reference to local bodies. Mr W. M. Green supported the Act of last session, expressing his opinion that when it came to be better understood tit ? would be found an acceptable as- well >as a good-working measure. . Referring to ~; I the employment of bar girls, he said , all ‘ 4 the evil was wrought after ten o’clock.- . Hon. members might laugh, but would only say “ Evil be to him that'evil thinks.” He would like to ask members. /J how they would like members of their own families to be within the scope of 1 these degrading influences. He defended . the election system. A little more' publicity was necessary for the election of the committees, and it might be well if the elections were all fixed for the one day. In that case he opined that the privilege would be more largely exercised.

Mr Barron thought it was premature io pronounce a decided opinion as to the working of the Act. Colonel Trimble thought the question should be left as it was for another year at least. If any change was to be made, then, he argued, that it should be left in the hands of the local bodies to deal with the Act.

Mr Stevens moved that the Bill be referred to a select committee. After some further discussion, Mr Macandrew suggested that the Bill should .be read a second time, and be then referred to a Select Committee. Amendments were required in the existing Act, and he thought that would be the shortest way to get at them. Mr Hurst also agreed in that view. Mr Stevens intimated his willingness to follow the course proposed, and withdraw his amendment, so as to enable the Bill to be read a second time, after which it would go to a Select Committee. Ultimately the Bill was read a second time, and ordered to be committed that day fortnight.

LAW PRACTITIONERS BILL. Sir George Grey, with consent, gave notice that he would move that the Law Practitioners Bill be taken as a first order of the day to-morrow.

COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY. In Committee of Supply, an interim Supply Bill, amounting to L 250,000 was introduced, and on being reported was passed through all its stages.

THE POLICY OF THE GOVERNMENT. Mr Montgomery asked that they should be informed when the Public Works Statement would be brought down. The Hon. Major Atkinson said the policy of the Government was before the House. If he meant the schedule of the railways to be constructed, they had not yet got it ready. They had declared their intentions as to local government, borrowing, etc. The details were not ready. They had not undertaken to bring in a new policy regarding local Government. The Government had provided all the information that could be reasonably asked. An Opposition without a'policy or organisation was simply to cavil at what was done. As a Government, they must claim the right to bring forward details of policy from time to time as occasion offered. He would undertake, before Friday, to explain the order they meant to follow, and when the various details would be brought down. Mr Montgomery said there was a well organised Opposition. It was a notorious fact that Local Government Bills had been introduced and withdrawn. What guarantee had they that the policy Bills of this session would not fare similarly. They knew about the borrowing proposals, but they did not know how the money was going to be expended. That was what they wanted to know. Sir G. Grey moved as an amendment that the Pre-emptive Right Book of North and South Canterbury be printed and laid on the table. It was necessary for the purpose of giving information, so that members might make up their minds re the land policy. The Hon. Major Atkinson hoped Sir G. Grey would withdraw his amendment.. He had the work in progress, but i equired further information. It was a very large: work. Had the estimates been gone on with they might have bad their attention directed to soma of the more important subjects referred to in the speeches made. by members. The experience of modem

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PARLIAMENTARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 673, 28 June 1882

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PARLIAMENTARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 673, 28 June 1882

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