(tfEOM OUB OWN CORRESPONDHNT.)
■Wellington, July 4. Mr Joyce moved his resolution m favor of a reciprocal tariff treaty with Naw South Wales m respect of coal, oranges, lemons, butter, baoon, and cheese. The Premier expressed a hope that the motion would not be pressed, as at the present lime oranges, lemons, and coal came into
:he colony free, while butter and baoon
were free io New South Wales.
dinner adjournment arrived while this
question wa3 still under discnssion. In the evening the second reading of the Town Dialricta Bill, which was moved by MV Rhodes, was carried. Some discussion took plaoe on the? motion for the second reading of Major Steward's Triennial Licensing Committees Bill, which was carried.
Mr Taylor moved the second reading of the Eight Hours Bill, which was opposed by Mr Buxton, Sir J, Hall, M jor Steward, Mr Verrall, MrMarchaut, Mr Kerr (who moved that the Bill be read that day six months) Mr Fulton and Mr Turnbull. •Mr Fisher, Mr Oadman, Mr Moss, MrTaiwhanga, Mr Joyce and Mr O'Oonor supported the measure.. The second reading was carried by 37 to 23. i 1 '-WBLMSfITOBr, July 6
Me' Fergus gave notice to net up a committee to farther enquire Into the claims of old soldiers and volunteer!.
A vote will be placed on the supplementary estimates for the purpose of asilstlng f members of divided families to join thete relations In the oolony. Another Civil Service Reorganisation BUI will be brought down this session,
There appears to be a general dtasatisfaction throughout the colony with the present Slaughterhouses Aot, and the Government will introduoe- m amending Bill.
Mr R Reeves has been moving to "gel the minimum letter weight throughout New Zealand looreised to one ounoe, and to get newspftperii up to Sevan .days from date of Issue passed free through .the post. The Poatmaßter-General, however, cannot see his way to consent to tbeße reforms m the present financial condition of the oniony, as they wonld involve ft loss of £60,000 per annum to the revenue. Government intend to offer s> bonus for the manufacture of iron m oertalo quantities. . - The Premier caused a roar of laughter
by stating that he had not made up his mind as to introducing the olotdre and new rules of prooedure, considering the proposition which will no doubt be shortly made to the House to meet half an hoar earlier In the evening, and sit till 11 o'clook, with the view of dispensing altogether with 'the night sitting. The question of female franchise will shortly be raised by Sir Jhn Hall, who intends to move sa an amendment to
the motion foe the committal of the Reglitra ion of Electors BID, "That it bean Instrnofclon to the Ocmmlttee to make provision for the extension of the Parliamentary Franchise to women*!* The following petition is being taken round the lobbies and largely signed : — "We the undersigned members of the House of Representatives being- of opinion that the system of local government as existing m New Zealand is unsatisfactory, urgfe upon the Premier the _ desirableness of this session inviting the" douse to appoint a Select Committee with the usual powers to consult and report upon, the system of local government throughout the Colony, and make euob. recommendations as they think fit."
A largely Attended meeting of country members was held this afternoon at which both aides of the House were represented. It was. decided to present a pstttloQ to the Premier embodying _thelt ? views on the question of the quota. i kt the meeting of country members fifty Blgned a "Bound Robin" to the Premier urging him to withdraw the Representation BUI In order to get at the real work m connection with representation. ■ The Otago OentraFßaUway BHi very nearly passed the second reading this afternoon. Within a mlnnte or two of the dinner adjournment Mr Pyke finished a oapital speech In favor of the Bill, and hoped to take the division before the
adjournment. Dr Hodgklnson, however, wished to make a protest against the pro* ~posaV, the oonßeqnenoe being, to Mr Pyke'a diaguat, that the second reading was poat poned. Government by deputation appears to be the order of the day this aeaiion, and the Premier la understood to be getting pretty sick of the whole thlng,He politely informed the deputation waiting on him with reference to the construction of another the North Island Trunk Railway section of la the direction of Tanmskl that they had better wait and ascertain the propoitls of Government from the Pabllo Worki Statement.
The Repreoentatlon Bill provide! that the number of. members shall' be seventy. The country members point out that If Government peooeed with the Bill it may be r jeoted, and that the reduction m the number of members as effeoted by the Act of 188? might b* endangered. This view, however, Ir absurd, as the present Bill repeals the Bepresentitlon Aot, 1887, and if rejected
that Aot still stands good, and the number
of members atlll remalrs at seventy, Altbongb the debate on the Reoresentatlon BUI Is now going on It is a f«roe, everyone knowing Government are prepared to withdraw the Bill, and that *hey hive another Bill Id an advanoed stage of preparatton to take lta place. The country member! have folly determined to band themselves together with a view to increasing the. qaota of country dlstrlots io 88 per cent. Mr Hlslop moved the seoond reading of the Representation BUI m. a well ooaaldered speeoh lasting within ■ a few minutes of an honr, fn which he exhanitively explained the Hare system Hit Ballanoe followed m a oapltal speeoh In whioh he polled the aoheme for praotioal purposes In a working ooontry to shreds. To thov the small interest taken m the , • matter do one seemed InoHned to follow Mr Ballacce. and Mr Hislop had aotually risen to reply when Mir O'Oonor - jumped np, determined to prolong the perfectly useless debate, which jasted till jdat after ten o'clock, when Mr Fish having moved that tbe BUI be read this day efx* months, tbe Premier moved the r adjournment of the debate. * c The adjourned debate on the second reading of the Otago Central Railway BUI was resumed m a very thin House, and after Dr Hodgklnson and, Mr Mosi , had recorded their objections, tb.e debate wan adjourned and the Heose rose at 10.35 * Wellington, Jnly 6. The faot that the Prem'er moved the adjournment of the debate on the Representation' Bill Immediately an amendment was proposed for reading the Bill a second time six months henoa, gave the impression that the Bill was to be withdrawn, and after the rising of the House hat night the remark that It. would not .'. see daylight again was very common. I understand from the Premier, however, that Goverment intend to have the matter fully debited before deciding what they will do with the Bill,
It not withdrawn the amendment It sare to be oarrled by a large majority. The debate ia expeoted to last ;over Wednesday night, bo that the Pablio Works Statement fa not likely to be delivered before JViday.
M? Sobie MoKsDzle lntftndi tomove an amendment: to the Premier* motion for the appointment of a Oom* mi t tee to Inquire into the affairs of harbor boards. fie regards the Premier's moMon »b an adoption that the colony la responsible for the liabilities of harbor boarde, and an Insidious attempt to get tb§ QolQpyl tQ tiki oyei >\,k% tftw J&i
month harbor works and liabilities. A. new olanse will be proposed by Government In the Libel BUI providing that a plaintiff must give security for defendant's costs In libel aotions. This will prevent vlndlotlve and vexations actions hilng brought against tewapaper propritton bj man of straw.
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