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THE GOVERNOR'S SPEECH.

♦ — The speech with which, on Thursday afternoon , his Excellency, Lord Onslow, opened the third session of the tenth Parliament of tho colony, is deoidedly of an unsensational character. As might have been expected, this, his first official communication to the Legislature, opened with a reference to his assumption of the Government, and an expression of his gratification at the evidences which ho has already seen of the great natural resources of New Zealand, and of the energy and industry of its inhabitants m promoting the work of colonisation, Then comes, as is fitting, congratulatory mention of the improved condition of affairs, resulting from the increase m the value and volume of our exports, and tha success of the policy of retrenchment for which the Government, we are glad to see, does not attempt to take more than its due share of credit. These pleasant preliminaries disposed of, reference is next made to the Jubilee Exhibition to be held m Dunedin, and Parliament is given to understand that a vote m aid will be asked for. The appointments to the Railway Board are lightly touched upon, on the principle, perhaps, that •• the less said the sooner mended " ; and the sales of land for settlement, and of the leases of the runs are referred to as satisfactory. Then comes the inevitable assurance that " the Estimates have been framed with a due regard to economy " ; after which the programme for the session is briefly Bet forth. Accorded, as it is, first mention, it would seem that the Government are really m earnest, and we hope they are, m their proposals for the reform of the Legislative Council, and public opinion generally will endorse that paragraph of the speech which declares the present mode of appointing members and their appointment for life to be " unsatisfactory and not m keeping with the rest of our constitution." Next comes the new Electoral Bill, under which it is to be attempted to introduce the Hare system, but as we venture to think, with little or no chance of success. Next a Bill for the classification of the Civil Service, which is declared to be *' intimately connected with the economical carrying on of all public departments," bat of the precise provisions of which the House and tho country are as yet m ignorance. Then there are the promised Hospital and Charitable Aid Bill, which will certainly be the subject of kaen discussion, and most likely of a good deal of sharp fighting ; and a Bill to amend the Property Assessment Act, the direction of which will, it is surmised, be to exempt improvements on agricultural holdings, and implements, and machinery used m agriculture. Copyright, trade marks, and patents, registration of transfers of personal property, registration of medical practitioners and the constitution of a Medical Council, and the Consolidation and Amendment of the Bankruptcy Laws, complete the list of legislative works so far as announced, which gives promise of a useful, if unexciting, session. Already m addition to tho Ministerial measures, a number of important Bills have been announced by private members, and altogether Parliament has a sufficiently varied programme before it. How it will deal with it remains to be seen.

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THE GOVERNOR'S SPEECH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2155, 22 June 1889

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