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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Thursday, July 6. DEFENCE. It was stated, in reply to a question, that the Government had no torpedoes, and had formed no torpedo corps, though there was a volunteer one in Wellington. The whole subject of colonial defence and the report of the Volunteer Board was now being considered, and as soon as a decision was arrived at it should be made known. FIRST READINGS. The Eight Hours Bill, Law Practitioners Bill, Mining Companies Act, 1872, Amendment Bill, Railways Authorisation Act, 1871, Amendment Bill, and. the Dog Registration Act, 18 iO, Amendment Bills, were read a first time. FREE PASSES. The Government promised to furnish a return of all the railway free passes issued within the last twelve months, with the names and addresses of those to whom they were given. The Council rose at 3.45 p.m. house of representatives. Thursday, July 6. The House met at 2.30. THE RABBITS AND THEIR ENEMIES. Mr Macandrew gave notice that, in view of the conflicting opinions expressed as to the introduction of weasels, polecats, ferrets, &c., to overcome the rabbit nuisance, he would ask if Government will not cause further inquiries into the matter. NOTICE. Mr Cadman gave notice that he would ask it the Government proposed to carry out a promise by the late Premier to bring in a Bill to make the Legislative Council an elective body. PETITION. Mr Fulton presented a petition from settlers in Otago, praying for the reading , of Bible in schools QUESTIONS. In reply to questions, it was stated The Government had under consideration the desirability of subjecting all sea-going vessels in the colony to Government inspection. The subjnet had already engaged a great deal of attention at_Home and elsewhere, but to give effect to the proposal would demand careful consideration and inquiry.—The introduction of the check system for passengers’ _ luggage on railways, as employed in America, was being considered by the Government. — The Government would, if members de--sired it at the end of the session, place the Government steamer at the disposal of the Southern members desirous of visiting Auckland, and of becoming acquainted with requirements of the North Island generally. They would, however, suggest that on the way a visit should be paid to Taranaki. Indeed, the Government were disposed to go further, and if the hon. member for Rodney and some of his friends wished to go to Auckland before the session was over, the Government would not look unfavorably on the proposal.—The Government did not consider it necessary to incur the cost of foot warmers for railway carriages, but would make further inquiries as to cost.—-The Government had no desire to shirk their liability for goods in transitu on tho railways. As common carriers they used the words “ owner’s risk ” on receipts, in order that they might protect themselves from extraordinary risks, and would continue to do so until the last-named class of risks had been defined by law. FIRST HEADINGS. The following Bills were introduced and read a first time The Electric Light; Thorndon Reclamation; To Amend section 266 of The Municipal Corporations Act, 1876; to Provide for the Temporary Appropriation of the Government House, Garden and Ground at Auckland to certain public purposes; Native Land Division; Crown and Native Lands ingMOTIONS. Tho following motions were put and carried “ A return of moneys expended on the railways, civil service, and local industries commissions, from the appointment of each of them respectively to this date, specifying the amounts paid to commissioners, secretaries, clerks, travelling charges, and all other expenditure for each commission separately.” “Areturn of the oases of bankruptcy filed in the several Courts having jurisdiction in respect thereof since the coming into opera- ■ tion of the Debtors and Creditors 1876, and of the number of such which final accounts have been

accordance with section 123 of the said Act during the said period.” “Areturn ■bowing names of the several purchasers of the area and price of the several parcels of land sold or agreed to be sold under the deferred payment system to the present date, and upon the payments made and the Lalances upon the several contracts.” SECOND WS ADIS 03. ' The following Bills were read a second time without debate :—Auckland Grammar School; Bluff Harbor Foreshore Reclamation; Dunedin Southern Market Reserves Leasing; Timaru Harbor Board; Timaru High School Act, 1878, Amendment ; Nelson College Act, 1858, Amendment; Lyttelton Harbor Board. OTAOO HABBOB BOARD BILL. The Otago Harbor Board Further Empowering Bill was further debated in committee, the debate being interrupted by the 9.30 adjournment. bating bill. This Bill was debated at some length, and ultimately the third reading was carried by 33 to 29. DISQUALIFICATION BILL. Mr Levestam moved the second reading of the Offenders Disqualification Amendment Bill. Mr M. W. Green objected, believing' that the tendency of the Bill would be to demoralise this and other elective institutions. The motion was carried on the voices. DBFERRBBD PAYMENT BETTLEKS. Sir George Grey moved the second reading of the Deferred Payment Settlers Belief Bill. After a lenglhy debate the Bill was read a second time, and the House rose at 1.10 a. m.

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PARLIAMENTARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 682, 7 July 1882

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PARLIAMENTARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 682, 7 July 1882

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