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THE GOVERNOR'S SPEECH.

W___H_fOTON. June 20 The third session of the tenth Parliament ol New Zealand was this day opened by the Governor, when Hit Excellency was pleased to make the following speech — v Hon; Gentlemen of the Legislative Council and Gentlemen < f the House of Representatives. It aflorda me great £leasure'to meet you m Parliament assembled, bo soon after my assumption of the Governorship of the oolong, The period whioh has elapsed since my arrival has been too short to permit of my visiting tho various parts of the oolony, so as to enable me to take a comprehensive viow of Us capabilities and resources, but what I have seen has favorably impressed me. During my stay m Auokland and my overland journey to this oity, and while I have resided here, I have noted with gratification the variety and extent of the natural wsslth of this Island, and tbe energy and Industry whioh have been displayed m promoting the work of colonisation ; and have also been mnoh gratified by ths cordial and IcVM reception whioh has been given to me as Her Msjesty's representative at this and other plaoes whioh I have visited. It is alike my privilsge and a pleasure on this the ocoasion of my first meeting you to be able to oongratulate the Oolony on muoh improved oondition of affairs. The efforts whioh have been made to reduoe the oost of administering the Government and to inorease the publio revenue have fortunately been. Buooe.sful. IBm glad to bs able to state that the reductions have, m the opinion of my Ministers, been effected without m any way impairing the efficiency of tbe publio service. While my advisers claim for you and themselves a part m bringing about thiß reeult, they reoogniie that it is greatly duo'to the nappy ohange whioh has been going on m the oirounistanoea of tbe country. The inorease m thp value and volume ot many of its pro- , dnotions has ipade the ta.k of xetrendhmeni easier, while it has its ei?.ot m adc^ng to the revenue. There are encouraging signs that the improvement whioh has taken plaoe will continue. The higher prioeß whioh have been obtained for its chief exports, while adding to the oapital and increasing the income of the oountry, are restoring oouftdenoe m its resources, which for a time seemed to have been almost lost by many colonists. This is shown not only by the large amount of capital expended m industriei whioh have been found remunerative, but m the extent of land whioh has been purohased from the Orown and iv parts of the colony from large owners who have subdivided their holdings ipto convenient areas and offered them for sale. A i&rge addition has thus been made to the land brought into useful occupation, while confidence is being restored amony colonist, and a renewed 'vigor fibowg fa promoting * our industries. New Zealand is coming to be regarded with grtat favor by persons outside the oolony, who are m aearoh of a home dr of a plaoe of resort for reoreation and health. Judged too by the value of its ssourities m the London market, the colony's oredit has from month to month during the past year steadily advanced m England; Ministers m pursuance of the authority given by you, let for construction such works as they believed were likely, either directly or indireotly to be remunerative! Detailed information on this subject will be laid, before you; Que of the most pleasing manifestations of the increased confidence of the people m the oolony's future is furniahad by ..the determination of ths inhabitants ot Otago to hold m JQunedin an pjhjbitjon of industries and fine arts, and by the favorable response whipht)_ey havereoeived from other parts o! the oniony to thpjr inyitation to join the undertaking, my advisers regard the enterprise as ono likely {to have a beneficial effeot generally, and you will thereI fore ()e asked to sanction an arrangement whioh has been entered into by then) to assist m bringing the exhibition to a successful jseue. During the recess my government have brought .into operation ''The (government Railways Aot 1887" and have plaoed the railways pnder the management of three looally appointed officers. Attar oarefql inquiry my advisers oame to the conclusion that it was Impossible togetfromjabtpad lor the Balarywhipb was authorised, or indeed for any Balary which they were prepared to ask you to vote, a ohiet Commissioner to whom they considered tbey wsuld be Justified m entrusting the great powers vested m that offioer, while on tbe other hand their experienoe of Mr MoKerrow pointed to hia, being a person well qualified to fill the office. My advisers believe tbat their ohoice of Commissioners will bo justified by results. The sales of publio land within the colony hays been very satisfactory, both as to tha Quantity disposed of and the olais of persons Who hays required it. Muoh ot the land has been taken uji |n small areas aud by persons wbo ars inakißg their homes upon it. The aalefiot runs Whioh have' j,lately taken piftoe show that there Is iuoreaud confidence m the great industry of wool growing. My Ministers are oonftdsnt .that by careful ad* mipistration i .and by taking advantage at seasonable times of opportunities for opening up tho country, New Zealand will soon be made to oooupy tbat prominenoe as a horns for a thriving population whioh her position, climate, and resources fit her to attain. Gentlemen of the House of Representatives. ihe estimates of the revenue and expendi* ture for the current year will be brought before you at an early date, when they will, I have no doubt, receive your careful consideration. The estimates ol expenditure have been prepared with a due regard to economy. Hon. Gbntlemen of the legislative Council and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives. These will be laid before you for consideration a number of Bills de.ling with matter, of great public interest. My advisers are of opinion that the time has anived when alterations shpuld be -made • m the constitution of the Legislative Council f lhey regard the present ' nude of appointing mcinbers, and their appointment for life, 'as unsatisfactory, bnd not m keeping with the rest of our constitution. A Bill will, tfyeiefore, be submitted for your consideration quaking sl.cratfQqs ft thess ang ofher relict*. Mj [

advisers are also of opinion that the time "has come when the laws regulating the election of members of the House of Representatives should be reviewed and a new departure taken. A Bill will be 'submitted for your consideration which .will provide for a mode ol election founded upon what is commonly known as the Hare system The Bill will also amend the qualification required for electors, make new provision as to the mode of registration and provi c a more effective means of purifying the roll. My advisers believe that these and the other provisions which the Bill contains will repder it possible for the public will to be expressed by election. My advisers believe that until a measure classifying the civil servants and providing for their promotion and remuneration upon a defined pr'u.c pie shall have passed into law. the civil service can never be placed upon a proper fooling. They also believe that this question is intimately with, with the exomical carrying on of all public departments, and they have therefore prep ued a Bill dealing wilh the whole question. A subject which has been found difficult to deal with m all countries, that of the management of hospitals and the distribution of Charitable Aid, has engaged much public attention throughout ihe colony. A Bill has been prepared m accordance with the principles, which have been found by experience to ensure relief of deserving persons, and at j the same time to avoi 1 the danger of increasing the evil which is incidental to indiscriminate aid. Your careful and patient consideration will be asked for this difficult SUbjcCti My advisers have had the Property Tax under their earnest consideration. Whili the state of the colony's finances render it impossible to forego any consit'erable part of the revenue derivable from this tax, they recognise that some oi the provisions of the Property Assessment Acts ought to be amended, with a view to removing objections which experience has shown can reasonably be aade to them. There will therefore be submitted to you a Bill dealing with this important matter, Among o her mcasurds there will be presented ta you for consideration, Bill dealing with the law of copyright m New Zealand ; for consolidating and amending the law relating to parents and trade marks : for regulating the registration of medical practitioners, and constituting a Medical Councu ; for improving the mode of registering transfers of 'personal propeity, and for consolidating and amending the law ef bankruptcy. 1 commend all these matter* to your careful consideration, and assure you of my earnest desire to cooperate with you m your efforts to promote the welfare and pr. specity of the colony, I pray that your labors may by the blessing of God conduce to the well-being and the happiness of its inhabitants.

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THE GOVERNOR'S SPEECH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2153, 20 June 1889

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THE GOVERNOR'S SPEECH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2153, 20 June 1889

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