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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES I

• (from our own correspondent.) Weilington, Jaly 4 Answering a question pat by Mr B»l---l»i cc the M'nlster of Works said be hoped ' to deliver thePabllo Wo;ks Statement on Taesday night. Correspondence has been reaeived from the Agent General oo the subjaot of tho flax Industry, but the Premier Bta'ea that It, oontaluß very little information, nod farther enqalrleo are being made on the BnbJ9oS Mr W, 0. Smith gave notice to ask the Ooloufal Treaaarer whether he will givo the Hoase an early opportunity thin aesaion of riiecusaing the question of putting a special tax on the property of abssnteeu. Mr R. Rsevss h reviving hts proposal to Impose »n impvrfc duty on coal. Major Steward wauta a return of the average coat pcs day of the sitting of Parliament.The Looal Option question is to be raised by Mr Fulton moving— Whereas the enormous direct expenditure on intoxloatlog llquora m this col) ay, amounting yearly to more than two millions sterling, contributes largely to the exUtiag depression, adds mat erUDy to oriuia aid poverty, and reduoaa the capital available for reproductive Industries; and whereas he people under the existing law are poweffleea to remove the principal oauso of these evils, it is m the opinion of this Home imperative that the Government should without delay introduce a Bill giving power to the people by direct vote at the ballot box, periodically taken, to prohibit the sale of such liquors within the district m whioh they reside. Government h*ve offjred the position of Sergt. at Arms to Colonel Trimble, exmember for Taranak'. No reply has yet been reoeived. To-day being a private members' day bnelneas is not Interesting, The whole afternoon wib oooupied by qaestlont and dleodsslens on adjournment of the House raised by the mining members, who were not satisfied with the ana ivem given by the Minister of Mines, who oame m for a goed deal of abuse for the apathy displayed m administering that branoh of hfi ministerial duties. MrSeddon naked the Minister of Mines and Lnnds— (l) Whether he will take the necessary steps to have a condition inserted m the leases of those runs m Canterbury and Otago situated on the ranges and aljacent thereto, so as to permit prospeoting for gold and other minerals ?— (2) If legislation on the matter be neceeaary, r will the Minister introduoe a Bill dealing with the question.? The Minister's reply was inaudible, but as it wasoonudered so ansatfsfactory as to warrant moving the adjournment of the House it perhaps does not much matter. Major Steward moved the aH journment of the Hoaae, urging the necessity of inserting auch conditions m the leases m question. Three million acres should not be praotically looked up againßt prospectors. The Minister Batd the Act provided for prospecting m such caees. Mr tieddon said if bo it was not generally the caße, and any provision should ba oleurly defined iv the interest of the rammer community. Mr Duncan also sp>ke m favor of such provision b iug made known, and the discußsion oloßed,

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES I Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2165, 5 July 1889

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