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/' [Pjib Pbiss Ahsooxu?on,] ; j . ... -t WaiLnroToifj June 28 .Major Steward to-day asked Government if they proposed to introduce a Fair Rent Bill this aeoaioo, and obtained a, reply of a satisfactory nature, and one that will be hailed with pleasure by myfr straggling, people,'-, to thie „e ffect '■ <fl|t Government intend to introduce a Bilfsor the relief of Grown tenants.' Df MoGregor, whose appointment occupied so maoh attention iu the Home yesterday, has agreed to aooent the appointment of Inspector of Lunatic Asylums i and HoaplUla for a term of thres years, instead of five as at first, propoied by Government. ■''■ - The country members are ■ not quite satisfied with the reply given by the Premieff to the deputation whloh waited on him with respect to giving an increased margin of representation to the country diitrfdti, end another maetlpg bio been held at whloh a resolution wsb passed Insisting that rural districts should be given an advantage of 83 J per bent over town electorates. Ooontry members alalm to have a substantial majority In a full house on this point, and are confidant of being able to eatry It. Mr flm^b gave notice to ask the Government * If ' they will, during the 'present session, propose an alteration in the law, ■p at to provide for, the payment of coroner's jo/ie* ''..'.' Sit G. Grey gave notloe of his Intention to Introduoe We sessional Bill providing lot the oolooy to elaot Its own Governor. , Sir Q. Grey means to .have the nutter of payment. < of: home ; allowance i tojthe i Attoroey-GVoorol, wh > ooljr * resides In Wellington duripgjthf fought 'out In the ' House', and to-day onra notloe of motion asking the .Hoaae to express I's opinion th*t tho house allowance be' nbs, paid to any minittor who does not res We in Wellington. Sir Oeorge feeling that tote Government would not help him to get this motlnn on, also gave notice that he woald move on Tuesday, th*fc the motion referred to shall take pr oed»noe of all business on Wednesday evening. The proposals of Government in rospeot tt further construction of the Ocago Central Railway have been incorporated in a Bill to be brought down on Tuesday Mr Fisher made Another attempt thla afternoon to ezaot from the Government a p om'se as to when the correspondence tolattve to his retirement from the Mlntatrv would be laid on the table, and Intimated that he would probably move fr>r a O mmlttee to etiqalre Into the whole ofaroumalaioes. The Premier replied that the . oorrespoodonoe woald probably be laid on the table on Tuesday and he woald then leave the lssae with the Honie. Mr Barron gave notloe of an Important motion ai follows : — That In the opinion of tbe House It li desirable that the property tax, unless it o*n be abolished at an early date should be fannuaU] decreased, so that It should not ex oeed three farthings in the pound fo: the preient year, o,e half-penny for 1890 and one farthing for 1891, after vhiot data It shall entirely cease. That any do fiolnnoy In the revenue ooourrlng therebj •hould be made good by further retrench ment In (he PabTlo Saeyloa. E«r!y la tbe afternoon the Hnaae gni Into Oommlttee of Supply and in a fen minutes passed tbe whole votes for the Treasurer's Department, £33,163, and was considering the estimates of the D-j---putment of Jastlae when the dinner hoai »-r»ved. Farther good progress was made with the Estimates during tbe evening silting, and the votes for the Department of the Mlnlbter of Justloe were . passed with •oaraeJy »ny alteration. There was a very general complaint of the small salaries p»ld to pooh important offioers as Resident Magistrates, bat Ministers) were adamant, and would hot admit that Urger salaries were necessary; evnn If the oolony wero in a position to p f more. The qnestlon of the desirableness of paying witnesses and jarors attend* log ooron^rfi' inqnests also oimn in for a good deal of attention, and on this point the Minister seemed tootined to promise consideration at the earliest moment. Ooe of the last votes bn the Jastloe estimates was the sum of £150 for pabllofttlen of law rrpnrts. and there was a very ntrong feeling that this luxury should bo paid for by lawyers out of their own pockets, instead of asking that the amount nhou'd come bot of the pockets of the taxpayers. Mr Hutchison, hlmse'f a lawyer* drew attention to the obnie, and moved that the item be struck out. Other lawyers In the House were very Indignant at th's attempt to curtail their privileges, but the goo 1 sense of taemberi prevailed, and the Item wai atrdok out. When the Post and Telegraph' estimates came on there was a general rise of mem hers anxious to obaraplon badly p»ld offioers , ( ln this department, and a good deal of IndlgnatioQ was expreesed »t the proposal to Iridreaie ifte sal»rles of Beveral hlfljh ofllolals who are already well pa!d. Bf- Scddon wai particularly enthuelast'o In dnfnnoe of ofnoern of the departmont, which ho characterised as the workshop in tbe oolony, and gave, an Inßtano? whore, 'q one distrloi, • obief postmitster wan potting no Mrger salary I hap the bal'lff of the nozt rffloe. Aa the item Conveyance of Malla by se» woald have Involved a lengthy dlsousnlon on the virtues ard otherwise of the 'Frlso') noa'l service, that itom wm straok oat, on the motion of the Premier at the suggestion of Mr Bnltanoa, to allow tho matter being fully dlsotiesed on another occaslonf

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2161, 29 June 1889

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2161, 29 June 1889