OPENING OF PARLIAMENT.
(Frouoxtb CoßßiwpoNDwrr.) Wbiuxotok, Jane 20. The fie»t pabllo gubernatorial fanetlon which Lord Onslow has bee a o»lled upon to exercise bldci bis assumption of ottce m the Oolony may be said to have been luooasifnily curled oat. For the opening of Parliament the weather was fine and the Chamber packed with spectators. The southern steamer having arrived early there was also a larger number of members of both houses present than had been anticipated, for up to to>day tbe Lobbies have worn an appearance as deserted as In mid- recess. . ■-.-:• Although I have said the funotion wai successfully carried out thore wore one Of two amusing episodes, wbfo'i detracted from the dignity of lha oeoaslon. Lieut. Saville, A D.0., wasanab'e to keep pMt with the Governor upon leaving his oatrlage, the consequence being that Instead of preceding him and announcing hie en* trance Into the chamber he oame at a trot beblnd,toolatetosnoounoe"HUExo»llenoy the Governor." Having seen the Governor properly seated Heat. Sarllle darted oil te the House of Representatives to sumor n their presence In the Legislative Ooonoll Chamber, bat judge of the ftmeanmeat and horror of the demooratlo body on being summoned by the oommand being direated to • • Hon Gentlemen of LezlalatlveOoaaoil." After delivering tho summons the m for tana a A.D.0.; abashed and horrified probably at the mistake, transgressed all idei by tntnlrg sharp round and bolting from the Ohambsr Instead of retiring facing the Speaker and giving three graoafal bows according to parliamentary usage. However, all ceremony over tbe Hoose at onoe went to businesi, and a number of Bute, naoy of them massaored Innocents of. last aeaalon ware read lor introduction, on next •liilog &»y. Bfr Harknerv, who had previously taken the oath and faff seat, gave notice that he wou'd to-morrow move the Address-in-Reply, and tbe House adjourned till tomorrow afternoon. It Is understood that Mr Humphreys, th« Dew member for Christchuroh North, will not second the Address-in-Reply, alleging 'aa bis reason for declining that he oaanot reaoh Wellington m time. The Addrese-in-Rep'y will be moved m the Oounoll tomorrow by Hon B. 0 atpbell. Government were desirous to idaagurate a new system this year, ai regards the Address-ln-Reply. Hitherto the prae'ice has been m rely to reecho paragraphs of the Speech from the Throne, and as this btiags up numbers who do not care to assent to everything m the speech, tbe debate is often protracted. Government had suggested that the Address-In-Keply be Merely a brief formal acknowledgement of the ppaeoh. It was found, however, that this cou r se would be oontrary to tbe Btanding orders. - The mode of procedure this year, will therefore be the name as heretofore, but m the new rules to be proposed by GovernmeaMt If intended to propose tha reform indicated. Wbluhgtoh, Jone 3l« Mr F. Lawry, member for Franklyn North, has been prevailed upon to noond the Address-10-Reply. It Is understood Mr Harkoess will lead off dlrtotlythe ordinary bns!n?ss Ib finished this afternoon. Tbe dfibste ta not expeotod to be of a f erf exoitlog obaraoter, and will probibly conclude with to-day's sitting. Mr RM. Taylor, the IrrepreMlble^ Is to move for a Boysl Commission to enquire) Into tMe best m aas of dealing with and eradicating the sweating system. Mr W. P, Rt eve* is going to make an attempt to lnduoe Government to co-operate with thi Anstrallao Governments m approaonlng the Imperial Government with the view" of getting sn English Act; parsed to compel vendors of f rostra Imported meat In the United X ngdom to mirk and sell sobh miat as fr zm imported meat, Imposing a snffi (eat p?nalty for breach of suoh regalatirn. Mr Hutohison moves for a eeleot Oamm'ttee to lnqalre lato aad report mp a the means "by which ooal fields it* West and have baoome the sab* j ot of a monopoly, and what meaturea should be taken to remoiy suoh a misuse of the pabllo estate." Mr O'Oonner is aoztons to see rone revenue derived fffm railway reserves cow lying Idle, and will propose planting some with No* Zealand fl »x. A Farge petition will be pressntsd by Dr Newman In favor of establishing a University CHJege m Wellington. Mr Flzberbart iotenda moving the abolition of the tea per oent stamp d«ty on t ie alienation of Native lands, • Mr Oolllvr, Parliamentary ÜbFarlan, has resigned. The appoln ment of a suooeaßor r,ests with the Library Committee, It is understood, the vioanoy will be filled aa Speedily at possible. Mr Boss Intends moving for a return of cargo and pa*Bengers carried by dlreot steamers daring the past year.' Mf Joyce wan ta to. know whether the Hodjm will be given an opportunity of diioueslng the Canadian mall servioe, and If th|sii agreed to whether Government wUI forward propoials to Canada "for; ,a rpolprooal tariff treaty with this oolony | whether the House will have an opportunity of dlsoaislng a reciprocal tarltf with New South Walaa aa Ut as batter, oheete, aad bae^n are oosearnaj ; also If Government will limit the hours to be worked by railway employees .and pay them for extra work, and for Sundays at extra days.
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OPENING OF PARLIAMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2154, 21 June 1889
OPENING OF PARLIAMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2154, 21 June 1889
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