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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES

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Wellington, Jaly 10 It will be remembered that acompanyIng the dorrespondenoa between the late Governor, the Fcoaoh Consul and the late Minister for Edaoatin, on the subject of the Giaparlni affilr, was a memorandum from the present Govjrnoe la which be expressed regret at the notion of Mr Fhber In gef tlog oertain dooamenta printed at t he 9o? ernmeut printing office oontraty to a promise made to the French Oonaal, A. charge his also been made agalnat Mr Fiaher, that 200 copies bai been dlatrl. bated amongst bla personal friends. Mr Fiuher explains that the dooumenta were ordered to be printed by him at the reqaoet o( Sir William J.-rvoia, who required * number of onples to aond to the Home authorities, and that subsequently t ir Wm Jervola called at his office and exposed his regret that Mr Fisher had bjen subjeoted to annoyanoe la connection with the unfounded aooaiation against him with reapeot to the escape of the ocnvlot Gasparlni.

It ia probable that the PoitmasterGeneral will introduce a measure providing for a reduction of the feea charged on registered letters posted I a tho colony. Government h<ive reoe'.ved several applications from dairying experts fur appointment ae instructors to colonial dairymen in the beat methods of making bu ter and cheese for export, and have the subject tinder consideration. Ooplea of the Hospital and Charitable Aid Bill have been aent to looil bodies for their consideration, and Government are not anxious to press the measure until the local bodies have had aoffijlent tlraa to folly master the provisions of the Bill, but notwithstanding the opposition of members they hope the Bill will pass this session. If opposition grows the Bill will probably be withdrawn,

Business to-day wae not of an exoltlbg eh»raoter. The afternoon Bitting was occupied by dlsouaßlona on two motions, one affirming the dealrableness of the establishment of distilleries, and the other urging the gradual annual decrease of the Property tax. Th ) dlsouaaion ou the firat named aobjaot wai adj jurued for week; on the latter qaeatiou the debate was interrupted by the dinner adjoutn* meat, ".and will appoar on the Order P,*per aa an Interrupted debate. Following the motion ia an amendment, moved by Mr Mobs, to the effect that the Property tux la unfair In lta lnoldence, harftralQg In effeot, and an obstacle 0 to the progress of the settlement of the Oolony. It la peob&ble tbat, Hula will be heard of the amendment for some time, aq Government will now d» their best to keep the debate from coming np. A rumor aaya that Government have tnlon heart after the apeeohea last night in favor of the H»re system, and Intend to press the qaestlon to a division, notwUhaandlug tne promise made yesterday to tho oiUßtry members to withdraw the Bill. I merely 1 give the rumor for what it la worih ; only remarking that I do not believ.i tho (statement The country membero aiQ. wililog to allow government to have auotber night's debate on the aabj iot and will then inaiat upon the Premier ketp'ng fai h with them. Government undoubtedly are in a very awkward fix on the queotlon of rep esentatlon, end it is not unlikely tbat further developments may be of a aonaatlonal oharaoter.

The eveniog aitting was oooupled by the dobaie upon tho seoond reading of the Cemeteries Bill whloh was agreed to, and the seoood reudng of Mr Pykes Private Sohoola Biil, whloh providoa that If private aohools comply with the regnlationa of tbe Kduoailon Aot, they should reoelvo capitation allowances. The amount to be proposed will be half the allowance now paid ! :o state sonoola. Tbe oeb»te has been an interesting one, though of coarae the argumeota ate ranch th.- nan,, m rhoao to wnloh wo have been aosun tned io Uaten for several soea.ona pubi,. Of oonrae tho objaot of the Bill Is really to give asalatanoo to Roman Oatboliop, and among its aapportera wnre Sir Harry Atkinson and Sir J ,hn Hall who went straight for denooilnationaliam.

Up to to-night the House has not sat beyond half past ten, bat at that hour several members wero still desiring to apeak on Mr P-yke'a Bill, &n I the Speaker intimated that h, j would resume the Obalr In half aa hour, and tbe firßt late sitting of the aesaion has to be recorded. Wjblmnchon, Jaly 11, The ap tkera on the Private Schools Bill last night were;— Meosra Pyke, Dodgahan, Tqrnball, Sir John H »11, Marohant, Sir fl. Atkinson, Bpxton, Perceval, Hotohlnaoo, Ballanoe, Flsb, Ft zherbert, Tanner, Maj >r Steward, Duqo^u, Smith, •ad JaokaoD, who snpported the Bill, and Moaara Goldie, Soytnoar, Yevrall t Moss, Dr Hodgklnaon, Saandore, Fergao, Harknooc, Men tea th, Taylor and Ross, who oppoaed It. The dlvlalon reunited in the seooud reading helng lost by 37 to 25, The homo rose at 12.30. It in assorted that tbe Hare eyntem la da ly gbiuing adtiorouta, and that Government ttro purposely delaying further debate on the Representation Bill with thoobj'ot, If poaalble, of winning over a tew moru oouverlu. it la said that there may evon be a majority in f»7or of the aeoond reading to-morrow night, but I Uke leave to doubt tbla, however, more especially as the Premier dlatlnotly lnforma me that Government have no Intention of olllpg for a dlvlalon on tbe motion for the aeoond reading. Of coarse Government o«moot control other mem bero, and It lo qalte poealble a private member may oall for a division. The Grown landa annual report shows that during; the year selectors to tbe outnber of 1889 took ap 444,742 aorea, a greater n a tuber and a largor amount than for uny previous parlod for Boma years piut. The total of the lund and territorial rovonno amounts to £310,061, i a r-gainßt £274,783 laat year, an increase of £35 2^7The returns ahowa that the pdrpetaal leaee tyatem in Ihn moat popular, 822 selectors taking up 205,716 aorea under this tenure.

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2170, 11 July 1889

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