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PARLIAMENTARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 676, 30 June 1882
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Thursday, June 29. BILLS. The Imprest Supply Bill No. 2, was read a second and third times and passed. The Lunatics Bill was read a second time. The Companies Bill and the Fisheries Bill (statute revision) were passed through committee, with numerous amendments. BATING VALUATIONS. The Government intended to provide a standard valuation for rating purposes for all local bodies. The Council rose at 4.15 p. m. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Thursday, June 29. The House met at 2.30 p.m, QUESTIONS. In reply to questions, it was stated : No reductions had been made in the rate of wages of railway workmen last year. All that was intended by the circular issued was to render the rate uniform. He thought the present rate a fail one, considering how many were anxious to obtain it. As far as possible the hours were limited to eight.—Government desired to see the Hot Springs on Hanmei Plains available for use by invalids, and hoped to be able to make some proposal
on the subject.—The Government were considering the terms of a fresh agreement with the Kawakawa Coal Company for working the Kawakawa railway.—The Treasurer would shortly submit proposals for enabling the railway employees to insure against accidents. NEW BILLS. The following new Bills were introduced and read a first time :—The Portobello Road Board Enabling Bill ; a Bill to Enable Trustees for Religious, Charitable, or Educational Purposes to form themselves into Bodies Corporate ; Moari Representation Bill; The Education Reserves Act Amendment Bill. AUCKLAND GRAMMAR SCHOOL BILL. This Bill was considered in Committee. Several amendments were made. The title of the Bill was altered to read. The Auckland College and Grammar School Bill, and was reported as amended. THE VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION. On the Hon. Major Atkinson’s motion, it was resolved that the House, on rising, adjourn to Wednesday next, at 7.30, for private members’ business, and that the following Monday be given to Government business. OTAGO HARBOR BOARD BILL.
The adjourned debate on the Otago Harbor Board Empowering Bill was resumed by Mr Weston, who spoke at great length on harbor improvements generally in the colony, urging that the Government should prevent waste of money going on. He contended that the Harbor Board scheme of improving Dunedin harbor was folly until the bar at the heads was made available for large vessels. He opposed the B ill. Sir George Grey supported the Bill, as he considered the improvement of Otago Harbor a subject of national importance.
Mr Levin opposed the Bill. Mr Wright was commencing to speak, when the debate was interrupted by the dinner adjournment. GOVERNMENT PROGRAMME. The Hon. Major Atkinson stated that the Novernment proposed on to morrow week to proceed with the consideration of the Standing Orders Committee’s reportas to amendments in the forms of the House. They would also ask the House to give up all Wednesdays for Government business, and also to sit on Mondays in future for Government business. On Friday the Hon. Mr Rolleston would also move the second reading of the Lands Bill, which would probably be circulated to-morrow. On Monday he would himself bring down the scheme of national insurance, and on the Tuesday after the Public Works Statement would be submitted. On the next Government day they would proceed with the General Government business, Local Government Bills, and Native Bills. The Roads Construction Bill, General Rating Bill, and Crown Lands Rating Bill would be circulated shortly after the members’ return from Christchurch. THE PENSIONS BILL. The House went into committee on the Pensions Bill. The Bill was amended to prevent it applying to the payment of pensions already granted. Messrs Evans Brown, Rolleston, Fitzgerald, Wynn Williams, and Hall opposed the Bill Mr De Lautour blamed the audit office as being subject to political influence in granting pensions. The Hon. Major Atkinson warmly repudiated the charge against the Audit office, and said if there was any fault in it it was a desire during the recess to usurp the functions of Parliament. He opposed the Bill. Sir George Grey supported the Bill as really a protection to the Civil Service. He agreed with the Hon. Major Atkinson that the Audit office was too powerful and independent. When in office he would have kicked against it if he could have done so.
Mr Kelly supported the Bill. After considerable further discussion, certain amendments were agreed to, and the committee divided on the amendment of Mr Seaton’s to make clause 6 retrospective. The amendment was negatived by 43 to 21.
Several verbal amendments were agreed to, and a new clause proposed by the Hon. W. Rolleston, exempting Supreme Court Judges from the operation of the Bill, was lost on a division of 32 to 31.
The Bill was reported as amended. PROTECTION OP TELEGRAMS.
Mr Feld wick moved—“ That the House go into committee on the Telegrams Protection Bill.” Mr Hutchison moved that it be committed that day six months. It was a Bill bad in principle and in detail, introduced simply in the interests of a very small number of newspapers who wanted to get the whole Press of the colony under their control.
Mr Petrie seconded the amendment. The Bill was intended to create a monstrous monopoly. If was simply a Press Association Bill.
Mr Ivess would give a fair measure of protection, but in committee he would move an amendment to compel any one claiming that protection to supply all paners on equal terms. Mr Be Lautour supported the amendment, and opposed the Bill. It would be as reasonable for the London Times to ask that no news appearing in its colums should not be published here for six weeks after. There could be no copyright in news.
Mr Bracken said there might be no copyright in news when the cable transmitted it free.
Mr Joyce drew attention to a personal attack on himself in connection with this Bill, which appeared in the New Zetland Times. Nowhere was there a more
servile, toadying, slavish press than in Wellington, and that was the outcome of the monopoly existing. The Bill was an iniquitous one. Mr Moss opposed the Bill, as strength* , ening a monopoly controlling the whole expression of public opinion in the colony. Mr Pyke supported the The papers which paid for news from beyond the colony were systematically robbed, to their great injury, by correspondents of country papers, who paid nothing. This was not fair or honest. If the Bill was not passed he believed the public would suffer considerably by having to go without cable news altogether. Mr Munro and Mr Fish opposed the Bill.
Mr Whitaker supported the Bill, and defended the Press Association from the aspersions cast on it by Mr Joyce. Messrs Joyce, Turnbull, and Fish again spoke at great length against the
clause. The Committee divided. The original words were retained by 23 to 12. The Bill was then considered in committee. Clause 2: Mr Feldwick consented to make the period of protection eighteen hours, instead of 36, and to omit the words “or any comment on or reference to such intelligence.” . IVfrlvesa moved as a proviso “ That any person receiving and distributing printed news for payment should be bound to supply such news to any paper on the same terms as supplied to other papers of a similar grade as to size, locality, and time of publication. ” After considerable discussion, and a motion to report progress being negatived by 22 to 14, this amendment was carried by 20 to 17. Several other amendments were negatived on the voices. At 2.35 the Bill was reported as amended, and the House adjourned till Wednesday next.
PARLIAMENTARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 676, 30 June 1882
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