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PARLIAMENTARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 675, 29 June 1882
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Wednesday, June 28. BILLS. The Auckland Harbor Board Bill was read a third time and passed. The Imprest Supply Bill, No. 2, was read a first time. QUESTION. In reply to a question it was statedthat with reference to an exhibiton of poisonous serpents in Wellington Government had no power, as the law stands, to prevent the importing of serpents in confinement, nor did they think any harm would result from it. RETURNS. The Hon. Mr D. A. Buckley moved for a return of the' cost of the Batkin and Seed Commission, and also that their report be laid on the table. The Premier stated the return of expenses could be given, bat to produce the report would be a breach of faith, as it was of a confidential character, and had been seen by no person except Ministers. The Hon. Mr Buckley condemned the system of promotion and appointment through political favor and pressure, instead of merit, ability, and length of service. Sir G. Whitmore said it would be much better for the Government, the service, and the country, if promotion and appointments were made independent of the Government.
The return of expenses was ordered to be presented, but, on- a division, the motion for the report was negatived by 19 to 9. The Hon. Mr Buckley said he should take other steps to endeavor to alter the present system of promotion and appointment. THE HON. MR FHARAZYN’s CASE. A commit! ee of five members was appointed to consider the report upon the circumstances under which the Hon.Mr Pharazyn, a member of the Council, was convicted under the Corrupt Practices Prevention Act, 1881, and whether he should be relieved from the disabilities to which he is subject. IN COMMITTEE. The Inspection of Machineiy Bill and the Lunatics Bill were passed through committee, and !ho former was read a third time. The Council adjourned at 4 30 p.m.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Wednesday, Jdne 27. The House met at 2.30 p.m. THORNDON RECLAMATION BILL. ! Mr J. G. Wilson moved the second reading of the Thorndon Reclamation.Bill (private). After some discussion as to whether the Bill should be a private or a public one, the debate was adjourned till next day. ; ELECTION EXPENSES. Mr Ivess gave notice of an address to the Governor to place on the Estimates.a sum sufficient to recoup Messrs Wasbn and Harris the expenses incurred by them when unseated for Wakanuiand Franklyn North through mistakes of Government officers. RAILWAY MANAGEMENT. Mr Wright gave notice to move on July 12t!i—“ That, in the opinion of this House, it is desirable that the railway system extending from the Bluff to the Waikari, in tlie Middle Island, should be placed under the management of a Board of Directors; that the Board shall consist of five members, to be appointed for a period of five years, and of whom one shall retire annually, but be eligible for re-appointment; that such Board shall not be removeable at the discretion of the Ministry of the day, except upon resolution passed by this House ; that the Go- , verument be requested to introduce a 1 * Bill this session to give effect to the fore- . going.” QUESTIONS. In reply to questions, it was stated that) several cottages had been erected for railway maintenance. —The bonus for the first shipment of frozen meat would be given to the New Zealand and Australian' Land Company as soon as the Government were satisfied that the conditions had been, complied with.—McPhee, recently killed at Kartigi, had been employed a most improper length'of time.—Steps to prevent a repetition of such thing would be taken. —Government had considered the propriety of localising the Native Lands Court by dividing the North Island into districts, and appointing a judge to each, and some proposals might be made on the subject, but there were great difficulties in the way.—Government did not intend to make any proposal for reducing the. Governor’s salary. BILLS. The following wore read a first time : —The Impounding Bill ; a Bill to enable the Mayor, Councillors and Citizens of the City of Dunedin to take, divert and impound water from the Taieri River and certain of its tributaries for the use of the inhabitants of the said city ; a Bill'to ' ' amend the Chattel Securities Act, 1880; i a Bill to amend the Conveyancing Ordinance ; Leaseholders Qualification Bill; and the Gold Duties Act Amendment Bill.- : '■
BIBLE IN SCHOOLS. Mr Fulton, in moving—“ That in the opinion of this House the Education Act, 1877, should bo so amended as to enable any school committee to introduce Bible reading without comment in the public schools, subject to time-table and cort- : science cleuse,” said he would not detain./ the House long, as he was aware the motion would not be carried. He, however, moved in the matter as a question of duty, and because he believed that ' ; throughout the colony a majority of parents were in favor of Bible reading. Mr W. M. Green, in a long speech, s supported the motion, stating that at hia election he had stated that had it not T been for his desire to support this proposal he would not have sought a seat in that House.
Mr Macandrew briefly supported the motion.
Mr Sheehan thought the debate idle and useless, as the House would not have the motion. Ho would therefore move the previous question. Mr Barron seconded, and contended that the Act gave the committees full power to provide for Bible reading now. Mr Turnbull strongly supported the original motion, and spoke till interrupted by the 5.30 adjournment. DOG EEGISTEATION. The Dog Begistration Act Amendment Bill was read a second time without discussion, THE LASH. Mr O’Oallaghan moved the second reading of the Vagrant Act Amendment Bill. Ha spoke of the frequency of cases of indecent exposure, and the necessity for adopting effectual means of checking the evil. As the lash had stopped garotling at home, it might stop this offence here. Ader discussion, Mr Petrie moved as an amendment that the Bill be read that day six months. Seconded by Mr Bracken. On a division the second reading was carried by the Speaker’s casting vote, the numbers being 26 to 26. NATIVE LAND COVET AMENDMENT BILL. This Bill was considered in committee and reported with amendments. MAOKX EBPRESENTATION. . I Mr Hobbs moved the second reading of the Maori Representation Bill. Sir George Grey thought the Europeans , and Natives should be put on precisely a similar footing in regard to representation. Mr Taiaroacquld not support the Bill,. os one of the Native members wished
. introduce a Bill on the same subject. He moved the ad journment of the debate. Mr Hobbs agreed to this. Mr Whitaker considered that special Maori representation was necessary. Mr Te Wheoro thanked Mr Hobbs for introducing the Bill. He feared the feeling in the IRusa was against Maori representation altogether. Mr Tawhai expressed general approval of the Bill. The debate was adjourned on Mr De Lautour’s motion. minks act amendment bill. This Bill was read a second time. STREETS AND ROADS BILL. The second reading of the Width of Streets and Roads Bill was agreed to. ROAD TO OTAGO HEADS. Mr Taiaroa’s motion to go into committee for an address for L6OO for a road to Otago Heads, was, after discussion, agreed to. The House rose at 12.50 a.m.
PARLIAMENTARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 675, 29 June 1882
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