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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES

!(l_tOM OUB OWN CORRESPONDENT.} Wblmngton, Jnne 21A very tbln House attended tbe after* noon's elttlng whioh only lasted three qaarters of an.bour. The ex Minister of Education is early on the war path, one of the first ootioes this afternoon being a motion by him for production of correspondence between tbe lato French oonsal and himself respeot tbe escape of the oonviot Gasparlnl, which created soma stir a abort time ago, Bofore the business on the order paper was reaobed, the ex Minister waa again on hie feet with a demand that as he had been slandered aud vilified throughout the oolony the oorvespondenoe between himself and the Premier relating to bis retirement from the Ministry should be laid on the tablw at the earliest moment. The request seemed to take the Premier by surpriseHe said of oouiae if the hon gentleman desired it the correspondence would be produoed, but from bis point of view It would form a most dangerous precedent. Mr Saunders, the newly elected member for Lincoln, oommGnoad bis Legislative duties, and Indloated what k nd of a bore be was going to be by giving notioe of motion assailing tbe vaoolnation laws. Mr Fyke was also early on his feet urging the olalms of his beloved Otago Central Railway, and demanding that Government shonld next Tuesday Inform tha House what they proposed to do with respect to the line. Mr Pyke is also attacking tbe pension system, and will, at an early date, move that tbe payment of pensions to gentlemen holding seats m the House of Representatives or Legislative Conceit should cease, A question suggestiog tbe desirableness of planting vaoant railway reserves with flax, whioh was brought before tbe House by "At O'Oonor, is to be submitted to tbe consideration of the Railway Commissioners. Other business was either postponed, or of a formal chiraoter. Moat of the Bills Introduced to-day and read for the first time ware old fel nds of past sessions. The Eduction Franohlse Bill Introduced by Msjor Steward passed the House last year, but was rejeoted by , the Legislative Council Tbe BUI pro rides for the abolition of the cumulative vote, a clear interpretation of tbe term householder and one new clause has been introduced to prevent the repetition of a similar difficulty to that wh oh reoently arose In the north, and by wbioh sohool teachers will be rendered Ineligible for election on Sohool Committees. Hon G McLean has promised to take oharge of the Bill m the Upper House. The Criminal Evidence Bill, introduoed by Mr Hutchison Is a very Important Legislative proposal, providing that the husband or wife of any person oharged with an oflonoe may give evidence m reference to the oharge at any stage ex cept the Inquiry by the Grand Jary. Consent of accused is to be required exoept In any osse where wife or husband might, under the existing statu* e, be oompelled to testify. It Is also proposed tbat when a person oharged with an offence is not defended by ooauiel he shall be formally addretsed by the Court and glveu the option of going into the box as an ordinary witness without any privilege, tbe refusal do so shall not be allowed to be the subject of adverse comment. A petition presented to-day from Local Bodies suggests ameodmanta of the Licensing Ast, lo the direction of making o)unty Connolls and Town Boards the Lloenslng Committees for their tespeotlve distrlota.

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2155, 22 June 1889

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